So the ACC is protecting its future the only way you can in the money grubbing world that is the NCAA, making every member school make a financial commitment to the conference.
No, the conference is not enforcing an exit fee if a school decides to bolt for a more lucrative deal in another conference.
The conference is simply saying, you leave, you leave without your biggest asset, your media rights.
Those media rights are worth millions of dollars, and now if a school like Maryland leaves, that asset stays with the ACC until the end of the 2026-27 season.
The move was passed by all member schools.
Why didn’t other conferences do this?
Imagine if the Big East had done this 10 years ago.
Instead, schools like UConn are stuck in what certainly looks to be a struggling conference and now with this move, it might make it even more difficult for the Huskies to get out.
There’s been wide speculation that the Huskies might end up in the ACC if the conference either expands or loses a school to another conference.
Well, with today’s news, it’s hard to imagine Maryland, Clemson, Florida State or any other school leaving the ACC to go anywhere. Not without their media rights.
The ACC passed on UConn a couple times and the Huskies may never have had a chance to join the league anyway.
But you can be sure that other conferences will follow the ACC’s lead and unless there’s huge expansion, today’s news does not bode well for the Huskies.