The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that the current and future members of the conference had signed a grant of media rights, effective immediately. The agreement provides a measure of stability to a conference which has firmly been in the crosshairs of the conference realignement movement over the last two years. The grant of rights dictates that a member school's media rights, including revenue, would remain with the ACC should the school decide to find a new conference home.
Per the release:
"This announcement further highlights the continued solidarity and commitment by our member institutions. The Council of Presidents has shown tremendous leadership in insuring the ACC is extremely well positioned with unlimited potential." - Commissioner John Swofford
Expansion by the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten and other BCS conferences last year served to raise the collective blood pressure of ACC fans and administrators alike. The conference responded nicely, however, to the announcement of Maryland's departure to the Big Ten, quickly adding the University of Louisville in all sports beginning in 2015. Additionally, the conference added Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the most recent (and now-defunct) version of the Big East.
Finally, the ACC landed Notre Dame to further boost its athletic profile. Included in that particular agreement is a commitment by the Irish to play 5 ACC football games per year, beginning in 2015. Notre Dame will begin play in men's and women's basketball next season.