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Report: Orange Bowl nearing deal with Notre Dame, Big Ten, SEC

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While details of a four-team playoff such as payout and selection remain undecided, it’s beyond clear that college football’s new-look postseason will have representatives from the five major conferences. And that’s about it.

Courtesy of a report from Brett McMurphy of, the Orange Bowl is nearing a deal that would match the ACC champion against either Notre Dame, a Big Ten or SEC team. The move would begin after the 2014 regular season. News of the agreement, which has not been finalized, comes a week after the ACC announced Notre Dame as a member in all sports except football (and hockey). Details of that partnership mandate that the Irish play five ACC opponents a year in football.

Here are the specifics of the reported arrangement, per McMurphy:

The ACC champion, or another team from the conference if its champion qualifies for the national semifinals, will play annually in the Orange Bowl. How the ACC’s opponent will be selected from Notre Dame, the SEC or Big Ten is still being determined.

The ACC and Orange Bowl would have the opportunity to take Notre Dame, if it doesn’t make the national semifinals; an SEC team not in the national semifinals or Champions Bowl; or a Big Ten team not in the semifinals or Rose Bowl.

Two semifinal games in college football’s new playoff will rotate among six bowl sites. The Orange Bowl is expected to be one of those sites. However, unlike the Rose Bowl and Champions Bowl, which are also believed to be among the rotating playoff locations and have contracts with the Big Ten/Pac-12 and Big 12/SEC respectively, the Orange Bowl had no permanent opponent for the ACC. Not coincidentally, future TV payout for the Orange Bowl has been difficult to gauge despite an extended agreement with the ACC.

Notre Dame confirmed two months ago to the Chicago Tribune that it was talking with the ACC about becoming a tie-in.

The move, assuming it comes to fruition, is designed to maximize the game’s TV value; it also limits the Big East, which doesn’t have a BCS tie-in, and its chances of having a seat at college football’s new table.

In essence, either your team is part of the privileged group or it isn’t.

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15 Responses to “Report: Orange Bowl nearing deal with Notre Dame, Big Ten, SEC”
  1. mtheparrothead says: Sep 17, 2012 8:38 PM

    Yet another reason to hate the Irish. Not that they’ll ever make it.

  2. floridacock says: Sep 17, 2012 8:44 PM

    Another piece of evidence that this deal is terrible for the ACC.

  3. tifosi73 says: Sep 17, 2012 8:46 PM

    The Big East can play in the Pinstripe Bowl against the MAC Champion and alternate each year to play in Beef O’Brady’s Bowl to play the Sun Belt Champion.

  4. scalpemseminoles says: Sep 17, 2012 9:09 PM

    ACC got screwed. notre dame gets too much special treatment

  5. normtide says: Sep 17, 2012 9:11 PM

    Boise can not catch a break.

  6. drummerhoff says: Sep 17, 2012 9:33 PM

    How embarrassing for the ACC …

    Your champion will play ND or the 2nd or 3rd best team from the power conferences. Given the expected smaller bowl pay-out for the OB participants; the least preferable TV time-slot on Jan 1 and its hard to say the ACC is on equal footing with the big 4 conferences.

    Week 3 BigEast-ACC head-to-head:
    UConn over Maryland
    Pitt over Va Tech
    Louisville over UNC

    then again, since a full 2/5 of the ACC’s membership is from the BigEast, is there really any difference? The TV Networks don’t think so.

  7. weavergm says: Sep 17, 2012 10:30 PM

    This is a fantastic deal for the ACC. The Orange Bowl will have potential access to the SEC champion when the Champions Bowl is a semifinal, the Big Ten champion when the Rose Bowl is, and Notre Dame any year they happen to be good. That maximizes ratings and therefore puts the Orange Bowl payout on par with the Rose and Champions.

  8. raysfan1 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:53 PM

    This keeps the Orange Bowl and the ACC at the big boy table.

    Meanwhile, Boise State (and San Diego State) should’ve stuck with the Mountain West. It is, and will remain, a better football conference than the Big East.

  9. drummerhoff says: Sep 17, 2012 10:57 PM

    To the ACC fans:

  10. rollteal says: Sep 17, 2012 11:36 PM

    I’m not liking this Notre dame crap and the fact they raised the exit to 50 mil it’s BS.

  11. vincentbojackson says: Sep 17, 2012 11:39 PM

    The Big 10 really needs to have a team that can crack the top ten first.

  12. coolhorn46 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:54 PM

    The ACC is about to learn that ND doesn’t deal, unless the deal strongly favors them. The ACC’s football-first schools, who haven’t been all that happy with the conference’s predisposition toward basketball, are about to learn what it’s like to really be treated somewhat like second class citizens.

    The deal the Orange Bowl made with ND, the B1G, and the SEC is probably the best deal it could have made, given other arrangements involving the Rose and Champions Bowl. The payout will probably be a little better than it would have been before the deal. The Orange Bowl likely remains in the rotation for the championship game, but most years, the ACC champion is still gonna be matched up with an affiliated member, assuming ND’s good enough, or a second or third place team from the SEC or B1G. Not terrible…but not overwhelming either.

    I still believe at least one or two ACC football-first teams are gonna push the envelope with that 50 million dollar buyout to leave that league. There are a lot of legalities over whether or not the ACC can enforce the buyout. The league probably will have to do what other conferences have when push comes to shove, and negotiate a settlement with any ACC team wanting to leave. It’s almost guaranteed that one or more teams will want to leave.

  13. sssjim7 says: Sep 18, 2012 12:56 AM

    Hrm… I’m not sure Clemson wants to go back to the Orange bowl… they better just go undefeated and jump to the NC game this year…

    What happened to the Sugar Bowl? No SEC team in it last year (ACC vs B1G I believe)… didn’t the SEC champion used to play in it? Hrm… the SEC champion plays the BIG 12 champion in a bowl (unless it goes to the NC game)… in which case the runner-up would go to that one? Leaving the 3rd place SEC team for the sugar bowl… unless the top 2 SEC teams play for the NC… in which the 3rd place SEC team would play the BIG 12 champion??? And the 4th place team would represent the SEC in the Sugar Bowl? Or did the SEC cut ties with the Sugar bowl?

    I’m lost… too many confusing scenarios… it use to be easy… guess I’m getting old:(


  14. xtremesportsmaniac says: Sep 18, 2012 7:59 AM

    They need to something because annually the Orange Bowl has the worst match ups by far. They can’t give the tickets away to this game. The Big East tie in the they currently have is horrible.

  15. florida727 says: Sep 18, 2012 8:14 AM

    I might be in the minority here, but I don’t think Notre Dame is receiving “special treatment”. What they are doing is taking advantage of the fact that, collectively, the rest of college football refuses to challenge them.

    Why wouldn’t you remain football independent if the ACC lets you? Why wouldn’t you keep all of your football TV revenues if the ACC, or any other prospective conference wanting you to join them, lets you?

    Until EVERY major conference and/or opponent mandates that if/when you play Notre Dame you get half of that game’s TV revenues to play them, they’ll continue to operate as they do. Why wouldn’t they?

    Remember, you have to take the actual game of football out of the equation. Look at it strictly from a business perspective. Advertisers are willing to pay a lot of money because Notre Dame’s alumni (and fans) are so widespread it’s a good use of their ad dollars to support ND’s NBC TV agreement. Additionally, since teams like Navy, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, USC, etc., are all willing to play Notre Dame without getting an equal share of that game’s TV revenues, Notre Dame dictates the terms. If Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue, all Big Ten teams obviously, pulled the plug and said sorry ND, join the conference as a full member or we don’t play anymore, then you might see a change. Otherwise, ND is exactly where they want to be, so they won’t change. If conferences were smart, they’d say no to that “partial membership” crap to Notre Dame AND tell their conference members NOT to schedule them in ANY sport. That is the only way to get Notre Dame to play like every other school as it pertains to football.

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