FSU football has to find more money by any means necessary if they want to continue competing with the elite programs in the SEC and B1G. It’s something FSU Athletic Director Michael Alford has brought to the Board of Trustees, and voiced to the ACC.
The problem is the ACC is in no position of leverage to negotiate a new TV contract, which doesn’t expire until 2036.
The ACC can’t add any more teams, unless it’s Notre Dame, but that’s not going to happen because they want to keep their independence. Also, adding more teams means the ACC has the split the money they have among MORE programs, which decreases the amount each program gets, so that’s not going to work.
However, news broke Wednesday night that might be of great importance to ultimately helping FSU football get out of the ACC.
The Pac-12 has failed to negotiate a new TV contract and has now lost one of its members in Colorado. Now, Colorado isn’t a valuable piece because they have been a terrible program over the last two decades and that TV market isn’t particularly great.
However, Colorado leaving means it’s likely more teams will look to leave the Pac-12 since they don’t have a TV deal. USC and UCLA will leave to join the B1G in 2024. The Big12 is looking to solidify itself as the third major conference behind the B1G and SEC.
Would they take another Pac-12 team like Oregon? Would the B1G? We’ll have to wait and see, but clearly the only thing that was going to help FSU speed up the process is other schools moving and potentially making the B1G and SEC to rejoin the fray as they look to battle for who is the top conference.
FSU football is a program with enough value that either conference (B1G/SEC) would take when things start moving, it just needs some dominoes to fall, and Colorado moving could be the first one.