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Everybody wins: New expansion idea

It seems to me that the ESPN contract works for everybody in the ACC except for FSU, plus the division set up is a source of frustration when FSU does not even play their closest conference opponent in Atlanta on a regular basis. Notre Dame is the big fish everybody wants, but of course the ACC contract with ESPN complicates things with Notre Dame and NBC. Also Notre Dame values their independence and their long time rivalries with the teams from the other conferences. So how do we please everybody? Simply accept Notre Dame as a partial member in every sport except football and stipulate that they must play 6 ACC opponents every year which already includes annual games against BC, Pitt and familiar opponents like Miami, GT and Syracuse. Notre Dame will have 6 open slots on their schedule to play Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Navy, Stanford, USC. FSU must do the same and play 6 ACC opponents which will include annual games vs Miami, Clemson and GT, the 3 most meaningful games to FSU fans. The other 3 games will be rotated amongst the ACC schools. As far as tv goes, I'm sure it's in the realm of possibility for FSU, Notre Dame and NBC, ESPN to work out an agreement where they can split up the games so that NBC and ESPN get to have 6 FSU and ND games each without devaluing, possibly even adding some value to the current ACC contract. FSU and ND will of course take a smaller cut out of the ACC/ESPN deal, but they ought to more than enough make up for it through NBC. The ACC will then have to add 1 more school to bring it back up to an even number of 14/16 and Rutgers with their academics and big city market seems to be the logical choice. The divisions could potentially look like this: ATLANTIC / COASTAL Clem / UMD Miami / VT NCSU / UNC Wake / Duke BC / RU SU / Pitt GT / UVA Notre Dame and FSU will of course be disqualified from participating in the ACC Championship game, but with both FSU and Notre Dame as Independents in football, the Orange bowl can also select them as an at large team to play the ACC Champion if they qualify. If the other ACC members can swallow their pride, I think everybody wins in this situation.
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