FSU football must leave the ACC if they want to play big-boy football. It’s that simple with teams in the SEC and B1G in line to earn multiple millions more from the media right deals than what the FSU will earn from the ACC between now and 2036.
FSU hinted things needed to change earlier this year, and the ACC doesn’t have the leverage to make a dent in the revenue gap that will occur.
FSU leadership knows and understands that, and have gone public with what they’ve known internally for a few years.
FSU must leave the ACC, no matter the cost. Here’s why:
Below are some quotes from the BOT meeting among FSU leadership Wednesday:
FSU leadership makes it clear they are going to leave the ACC. The reason is clear, yet some ACC media and fans from other ACC teams seem to want to play coy and point out things that are irrelevant:
Media and Fan Reaction
It was the worst FSU period in most of our life times, yet FSU remains the program with the most viewership in the entire conference. That’s what matters, sir. Wake Forest wouldn’t know anything about that though.
That’s a fair point over the past few seasons, but FSU operating on at peak level(which appears to be on the way) is an elite program, and has been multiple times in our life times. NC State has won 10 games once, ONCE, and Wake Forest is Wake Forest. However, even still, the ACC wouldn’t be what it is now had FSU not carried if for nearly two and a half decades.
Those teams didn’t have to talk like this because those conferences didn’t sign a media rights deal that would allow other conferences to renegotiate their media right deals multiple times before they got a new one. The reason FSU is talking like this is because the logo holds enough weight that they can. There’s a reason all of these media guys were tuning in to that FSU BOT meeting.
However, it’s a game of chess not checkers. FSU doesn’t have to leave TODAY, but as long as they leave within the next 2-3 years, that’s all that matters. Everything taking place will allow that to happen. You’re delusional if you don’t think FSU will have a seat at the table in either the B1G or SEC.