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New ACC deal with ESPN: Not as sweet as it originally sounds

Yahoo has an interesting piece on the whole Florida State to the Big XII business, and a key part of the article is how the TV deal pays out. Here's the gist of it.

The initial bump in television revenue is actually just over $1 million a year, sources said, and a total in the $12 million range next season. The deal is back loaded so the bigger money comes in escalator provisions that, considering how broadcast rights keep growing, probably will be below market by the time any sizeable gains are realized.

That additional $4 million per school, per year? That won't come until 2021, nine years in, sources said.

and

Across the ACC, the television deal was seen as anywhere from a disappointment to a disaster, sources said.

Here's the article.

This is obviously troubling, since the Maryland Athletic Department is in trouble financially. If it takes 9 years to get to the premium value of the contract, the department will have to rely on better attendance and donations to keep afloat.

Suddenly a move to the B1G isn't looking so far-fetched.

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