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ACC and Maryland heading to mediation over bitter divorce

Virginia v Maryland

A mediator has been assigned for the ongoing court battle between the ACC and Big Ten-bound Maryland. Agreeing to mediation could be a sign that a settlement is coming together, although given the bitterness between the two sides to this point it should not be considered an absolute given. The Washington Post was first to report the news of the mediation agreement.

According to the report by The Washington Post, the mediator’s directive will be “focus the parties’ attention on settlement rather than on trial preparation and to provide a structured opportunity for settlement negotiations to take place.” The mediation meeting must take place before July 10, after Maryland officially joins the Big Ten (July 1 is when schools officially make conference affiliation changes official).

As a reminder of what is at stake, Maryland is being sued by the ACC for an exit fee of $52 million. Maryland countered with a lawsuit seeking $157 million for alleged antitrust violations on the premise the ACC was in violation by increasing the exit fee.

Regardless of the outcome of this court battle, Maryland is set to join the Big Ten over the summer and begin competing in the Big Ten’s new eastern division in football this fall. Rutgers will also join Maryland as Big Ten rookies, with the Scarlet Knights leaving the American Athletic Conference on slightly better terms.

Louisville will leave the AAC for the ACC as well.

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12 Responses to “ACC and Maryland heading to mediation over bitter divorce”
  1. vstar1us says: Apr 28, 2014 3:59 PM

    This will be two great additions to the Big 10, always great Football……

  2. blendedwhiskey says: Apr 28, 2014 4:14 PM

    This exit fee is completely bogus by the ACC, especially for a charter member of their conference. There is no way that Maryland will every pay a $52M exit fee to the ACC. Their athletic department is cash strapped as it is, and they will not receive their full compliment of B1G revenues for 6 more years. I see this getting settled for way less, probably $15-20M.

  3. classyjacklambert says: Apr 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    Why shouldn’t they have to pay it? It’s not like they got tricked into leaving the ACC for the big ten.

  4. manik56 says: Apr 28, 2014 4:26 PM

    The ACC just looks bad here. You can’t talk about how much better off you are with Louisville and argue your BS liquidated damages claim.

  5. drummerhoff says: Apr 28, 2014 4:31 PM

    The ACC is unbelievable … half of their conference was poached from another conference … and the ACC has the gall to suit when Maryland gets poached away?

  6. thegamecocker says: Apr 28, 2014 4:59 PM

    The ACC is run by the basketball gods of Coach K, Roy Williams, and John Swofford. Swofford played for Dean Smith and he is a 100% bball devotee and could care less about football. Yes, FSU won the NC last season but they are still running red in their checkbook. The ACC has been and always will be a basketball conference. The SEC is much more balanced and makes a ton of money more than the ACC. Swofford tried to prevent Maryland from leaving but it didn’t work. Maryland is a great school and will soon benefit financially from its new surroundings. BTW, replacing Maryland with Louisville does nothing for the academic prestige of the ACC. As a matter of fact, Maryland is now among better schools academically than they were in the ACC. Just read about that #1 school for African Studies….the U. of North Carolina…..and they make fun of the SEC…..what a joke!

  7. corvusrex96 says: Apr 28, 2014 7:58 PM

    How does this even make sense for Maryland , a delayed B1G ten annual payment and a large , even if it is reduced , ACC buy out ?

  8. onlyoneleft says: Apr 28, 2014 8:06 PM

    The ACC should give them 50 million to get rid of their sorry butts.

  9. mrterpnc says: Apr 29, 2014 12:36 AM

    Hopefully the ACC will owe Maryland more then $50 million if they lose Marylands countersuit for not following their owe league bylaws.

  10. ajarkoski says: Apr 29, 2014 2:58 PM

    The ACC are such hypocrites as they had no problem pilfering teams from the former BIG EAST, but now they are getting their comeuppance (just reward). You know the ACC is so scared of settling this anything less than harsh since others are happy to see Maryland be the guinnea pig as a precedent for future departures. After this, others will test the market and see what is out there as offers, if there aren’t any already doing that. The SEC is looking for a few teams still. Anyone interested? FSU? Vatech?

  11. charmcitychampions says: Apr 29, 2014 3:13 PM

    Super 16s will happen and the ACC will die off. Big 10, SEC, Big 12, Pac 12.

  12. musketmaniac says: Apr 29, 2014 5:24 PM

    looking for excellence, but breeding mediocrity. The fans of South Florida, central Florida, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana monroe, Tulsa, Marshall, etc thank you without out the ACC starting these raids on the big east these schools would be years away from competing in primetime. now they are closer than you think. South Florida didn’t even have football twenty five years ago, now they have a bcs victory, that’s one more than duke, Boston college, , wake forest etc. They keep watering down college football thinking that they are making the waters holy or something. FOOLS

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