News came out this week regarding UofL’s current and future conferences, the Big East and ACC. The league Louisville will join in 2014 is exploring an avenue that three other power conferences – Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC – already have or are going to have, a televison network. The ACC needs to find other avenue streams as they are behind financally of the aforementioned leagues.
But ACC Commissioner John Swofford has quietly been exploring a branded channel and began floating the idea for it in the fall, around the time that Notre Dame joined the league in all sports but football. The Fighting Irish have committed to play five ACC opponents in football each season, but it will maintain its independence. For the ACC, it potentially could allow the conference to keep up financially with the Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, which have all launched or are close to launching branded channels, and sources say the conference sees it as an enticement to keep schools from being seduced by other conferences.
Meanwhile, another week, another defection for the Big East. According to Mark Blaudschun, San Diego State will be announcing they are staying in the Mountain West.
Big East and San Diego State officials are working on a joint release announcing a mutual agreement to dissolve San Diego State’s agreement to come to the Big East on July 1, 2013 according to sources familiar with the discussions.
At the same time, San Diego State and Mountain West officials are finalizing an agreement which will keep San Diego State and Boise State in the MWC as full time members.