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Anybody thing ACC might go the private equity route?
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Jun 13, 2024, 6:31 PM
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Given the news today that Big 12 & C-USA are shopping naming rights deals for their respective leagues, anybody think possibility ACC goes that route?

As much would hate the idea, knowing there's significant revenue gap between ACC & the SEC/B10, plus on-going litigation between the league & 2 of its schools (plus potential that others might try to find a way out), this might be best option available to gain a revenue boost to push close to the SEC/B10 money & hope that'll satisfy the parties that are looking at getting out.

(P.S. - have to bet P12 fans would've loved for this to have been an option before everything blew up for them)

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Jun 13, 2024, 6:41 PM
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As soon as the BIG and SEC get conference naming contracts, everyone else is right back where they started.

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True if the SEC & the Big 10 were to explore that


Jun 14, 2024, 8:39 AM
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However, they don't need to pursue it. They have the highest paying TV deals, they'll have the highest payouts in the new CFP distribution deal. They have the top media leverage (football is obvious...but also take look at basketball last few years, where SEC/B10 have been getting more bids & being perceived as being better - despite ACC outperforming both once rubber hits the road in March Madness).

Everyone else is in need to try & find a way to compete financially, so they need to take the gamble.

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Jun 13, 2024, 7:06 PM
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I think that would just be a short term infusion of cash you'd be on the hook for. I don't see it as any kind of close to solution in the long run towards closing the huge revenue gap. But, I may be wrong.

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This is EXACTLY the way to go

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Jun 13, 2024, 7:58 PM
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Private equity will negotiate better deals, will trim the fat, will invest with purpose and will ensure maximum profits. This is the fiduciary responsibilities that the ACC failed its member schools.

Having been in PE and corporate deals, big “conglomerates” and “federations” get complacent, fat and dependent on member institutions. Private equity will drive a return on investment and ensure schools like Clemson and FSU (should they stay) be prioritized like they should have been all along.

Private equity is the way to dethrone the fat corporate SEC and B1G eventually. It won’t be immediate, but it will be within the standard 5-7 year window of PE groups.

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Jun 13, 2024, 11:23 PM
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If a good or wise decision financially .. I have no faith in our ACC Leadership or brain trust.

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Jun 13, 2024, 11:46 PM
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No

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Jun 14, 2024, 12:30 AM
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Would be great for CFB if there are more than 2 conferences for sure. They should definitely explore it.

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Jun 14, 2024, 7:04 AM
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Two conferences is bad idea.

Gotta have one single league just like NFL. Once we have one single league with a uniform governance structure applicable to all teams and applicable to tampering, compensation, healthcare, retirement, recruiting, contracts, then it’s easy to organize into whatever arrangement of conferences, divisions, etc.

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If the ACC wants to stay relevant then they better get financially creative.


Jun 14, 2024, 8:53 AM
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You have other conferences looking at sponsorship, naming rights and private equity. The gates are wide open and cannot be closed again. It is a new world for college athletics IMO.

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