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Al Golden defends ACC TV deal

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What’s the phrase about a day late and a dollar short?

That’s Miami coach Al Golden, who has now joined a list of ACC representatives continuing to do their best to temper any and all talk about conference realignment (sans Clemson), particularly when it comes to the Big 12. In a statement today courtesy of UM athletics, Golden echoed the words of his employer and defended the ACC’s exclusive media extension with ESPN, a point that commenced much of the realignment talk over the past couple of weeks.

The new ACC-ESPN television deal achieves many things that are essential to us as a conference, institution and program. The ACC is ESPN’s only all-in conference partner and this provides marquee Thursday and Saturday coverage with the multi-platform promotional power that only the World-Wide Leader in Sports can provide. There is no doubt that national sports fans tuning in to normal ESPN programming will be exposed to more of the ACC brand over the next decade than any other league in the country.

The ACC’s footprint extends from Boston to Miami and, with the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, it now encompasses nine of the top 25 media outlets in the nation. This increased TV exposure will help recruits identify with the University of Miami Hurricanes and showcase ACC football, not just to the eastern half of the United States, but to the rest of country as well.

The ACC-ESPN television pact is historic in nature and a strong indication of the future of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Sorry, I had to take a moment to realize that statement came from Al Golden and not the ACC’s offices.

Well, maybe it did and sssssshhhhhhhh. Either way, now seems like a bizarre time to endorse the conference’s TV deal weeks after it was inked. But with conflicting statements being thrown around on a weekly basis, what’s one more to add?

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6 Responses to “Al Golden defends ACC TV deal”
  1. deadeye says: May 29, 2012 11:24 AM

    If the new ACC deal really was a sign of strength, there would be no need to talk it up. This statement is a PR move.

  2. drummerhoff says: May 29, 2012 1:04 PM

    This is a good read about the ACC’s Swofford-to-Raycom’s Swofford:

    http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2010/10/04/daily3.html?page=all

  3. bertenheim says: May 29, 2012 1:04 PM

    Miami is in an odd position. It’s a football school in a basketball conference. But it’s also a private school whose academics more closely fit in the ACC than the Big 12.

  4. pastabelly says: May 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    The conference shouldn’t panic just because Clemson will probably leave. If they don’t go to the Big 12, they’ll just bide their time until the SEC expands again.

  5. halbert53 says: May 29, 2012 10:14 PM

    SEC doesn’t want Clemson. Clemson doesn’t bring anything to the table in terms of expanding conference footprint or adding value to tv package. Duke joining ACC would be like Indiana in Big 10: great basketball tradition, not much in football. Duke and NC make sense adding state of NC markets and tv revenue for basketball. Georgia Tech would be decent for metro Atlanta market but not much else. VA Tech and NC State add solid football and would mesh well with SEC. Bottom line is for the SEC, Clemson is one of the least desirable expansion options.

    The other thing is PAC 12 eventually will want to add Texas Tech. But, by that time, the Big 12 would be wanting to add another team and would likely waive the tv rights assignment since TT leaving the Big 12 would be mutually advantageous.

  6. halbert53 says: May 29, 2012 10:31 PM

    Crazy autocorrect, should have read “Duke joining SEC”

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