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ESPN picks up broadcast rights for Orange Bowl too

Dana Holgorsen AP

Two days. Two bowl agreements. That’s the story for ESPN as it continues to pick up the broadcast rights for college football’s new postseason.

ESPN announced yesterday that it had obtained the rights for the Sugar Bowl for 12 years. Today, the WWL announced it inked a 12-year agreement with the Orange Bowl. According to a release from the ACC, the game will “either be played in an exclusive prime-time window New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day, pending the schedule of the new collegiate postseason playoff games.”

The partnership is, again, reported to be worth $55 million annually, per ESPN and the Sports Business Journal. 

Things have fallen into place quickly for the Orange Bowl. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported last night that the bowl had signed off to place the ACC champion — or, another representative from the ACC in the event the conference champ is selected to the four-team playoff — against a team from either the Big Ten, SEC, or against Notre Dame. According to the ACC’s release, the Big Ten and SEC will be guaranteed at least three appearances over the 12-year deal, while Notre Dame gets a maximum* of two appearances. End-of-season rankings will determine the matchups along with the terms of the agreement (re: appearances).

Notre Dame agreed earlier this year to become a member of the ACC in most sports except football. Part of that agreement stipulated the Irish had to play five ACC opponents every year. However, Notre Dame does not replace the ACC tie-in for the new Orange Bowl agreement.

The Orange Bowl will act as a semifinal site for college football’s new playoff at least four times over the next 12 years. In those years, the ACC Champion would then participate in one of the three other “host” bowls. Those are yet to be determined, but will likely be the Chick-fil-A, Cotton and Fiesta bowls.

Confused? If not, God bless ya.

(*A brief explanation about this. If Notre Dame has a good enough record at the end of the regular season, they’ll almost certainly be placed in one of the host bowls as an at-large. The Orange Bowl tie-in was simply to make sure the Irish didn’t get left out of the high-dollar bowl agreements being signed.) 

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6 Responses to “ESPN picks up broadcast rights for Orange Bowl too”
  1. drummerhoff says: Nov 15, 2012 1:11 PM

    BK –

    You missed one fascinating part … “in the years the Rose and/or Sugar bowls host the national semifinals, the BCS commissioners have agreed that the Big Ten or SEC champion will not be placed in the Orange Bowl. Instead it will be placed in one of the three other access bowls. That decision was made to improve the value of the access bowls, sources told ESPN.”

    The ACC should be embarrassed.

  2. charles130 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:58 PM

    Makes sense to me that you’d want to spread the conference champions around.

  3. drummerhoff says: Nov 15, 2012 4:15 PM


    pac12 champ v. big10 champ is the rose.

    sec champ v. big12 champ is the sugar.

    acc champ v. anyone but a champ is the orange.

    espn has made the acc a punchline … the new format provides the acc with the least money, the worst tv time slots and the weakiest match-ups. the disparities are only going to grow and 12 years down the road, the acc schools will be so far behind the other four super conferences that it will be too late for FSU, Clemson, VT to compete with the SEC schools.

  4. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 15, 2012 4:53 PM

    I still can’t believe that the Orange Bowl hasn’t figured out the reason for all their crappy match ups recently have to do with the lack of quality of the ACC champ, not the opponent.

  5. freemantowilliams says: Nov 15, 2012 6:16 PM

    @drummerhoff lol. FSU can beat any team in the country guy. Gonna be that way for awhile. And don’t give me they lost to ncst crap. Bama lost to first year qb first year head coach a&m. I’m sick of people bashing the acc. Look at the players drafted going back to 2003.

  6. roni says: Nov 16, 2012 12:20 AM


    You can’t say, “FSU can beat any team in the Country, guy” if it’s a proven fact that they can’t beat NCST.

    And I’m not your “guy”, Buddy!

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