Beamer, Boeheim, Brey talk about the new ACC
Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh have been formally introduced as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday in New York City, finally putting an official seal on news that had been months in the making.
With the move, Maryland will face the Orange, Irish, and Panthers for one season as intra-conference foes before it moves to the Big Ten exactly one year from today on July 1, 2014.
As with many other football-driven moves during the latest period of conference realignment, Maryland is getting into the Big Ten as much for its geographic positioning as it is for the strength of its athletic department.
In one year, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will oversee a conference landscape that reaches from the midwestern plains in Nebraska to the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey and Maryland. Within that, the conference owns a stake in the Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., New York, and Columbus television markets.
The move to the Big Ten will provide Maryland with a step up in funding, especially considering the conference's enormously profitable television network, but will also cause a time for adjustment on the field. Recent reports indicated that the conference brought in $315 million in revenue in the 2012 fiscal year.
The question that remains is will Maryland continue an upward trajectory and be consistently competitive in major sports in the Big Ten, or will it just be another key TV market for the conference?