Should Notre Dame Be a Full-Time ACC Member?
He worked out a deal that allows the football team to remain an independent, with the commitment that they would play five ACC teams each season, beginning this year.
Now, Swarbrick is a very intelligent individual and knows infinitely more about the workings of college athletics than I do but, coming from different perspectives, I thought it would be interesting to examine the pros and cons of the current situation versus becoming full time ACC members.
The first and probably most important factor is money. The deal with the ACC allows Notre Dame to retain its exclusive TV contract with NBC rather than be lumped in with a conference TV deal where they would have to share revenue with the other members. There’s no doubting that with Notre Dame in the fold, the ACC would have the leverage to aggressively renegotiate their current deal but it’s unlikely it would bring a financial benefit to Notre Dame more than the NBC deal.
The second factor is tradition. While making the deal, Swarbrick repeated that it was important for Notre Dame to remain independent because of the tradition of the brand. Being a realist however, he followed that statement by saying tradition would only be a deciding factor as long as it allowed Notre Dame to have access to the national championship. While I agree that part of Notre Dame’s tradition is the fact that they’re independent, I don’t think it would diminish them at all to join the ACC.