CHARLOTTE, N.C. – How will Notre Dame football’s attribute develop with a ACC Network for a prolonged haul?

That’s one of a residual questions from a ACC Kickoff, where speak of a network’s Aug. 22 launch on ESPN dominated a two-day event. ACC commissioner John Swofford answered those questions, creation it transparent a Irish are a full-and-equal partner in a new venture. Notre Dame will contend a five-game football arrangement with a other 14 football schools.

That’s a continued agreement for now, though Swofford answered a large doubt about a future.

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“If Notre Dame reached a indicate where they were meddlesome to join in football, we would straightforwardly have that conversation,” Swofford told Sporting News. “I don’t design that to happen. When we done a arrangement with Notre Dame, some people thought, ‘Well it’s only a matter of time in football.’ I’ve never unequivocally suspicion that.”

It’s a same open-door process meaningful a Irish would cite not to work by – even in a College Football Playoff era.

As it stands, a stream arrangement has constructed churned formula on a field. Notre Dame began personification a revolution of ACC schools in 2014. The Irish are 17-9 in those games, though that includes an 0-3 record opposite ACC teams ranked inside a tip 10.

Those were high-profile matchups opposite No. 2 Florida State in 2014, No. 7 Miami in 2017 and final year’s College Football Playoff semifinal during a Cotton Bowl Classic opposite No. 2 Clemson. Swofford, who reiterated that he respects Notre Dame’s eccentric standing in a stream college football landscape, pronounced that Irish-Tigers matchup did not exam his allegiances.

“You lift for a ACC team,” Swofford said. “With all honour to Notre Dame when it’s a football game, we gaunt toward in this box Clemson or a ACC group since it technically is a nonconference game. Notre Dame opposite everybody else I’m pulling for them.”


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How will a ACC Network impact that relationship? Notre Dame’s radio agreement to have home games on NBC runs by 2025 and draws approximately $15 million per year. ESPN’s agreement with a ACC runs by 2036; Swofford pronounced if a Irish select to join a discussion in football, they would be contractually thankful to join a ACC.

While that’s not in a cards now, Swofford emphasized a advantages of Notre Dame’s membership. It gives a ACC a sixth private institution, and a Irish won a 2018 women’s basketball inhabitant championship.

“It’s been a win-win for a ACC as good as for Notre Dame,” Swofford said. “Their membership in a joining has been all that we would have anticipated. It’s entirely met expectations for us, and we consider Notre Dame would tell we it has entirely met expectations for Notre Dame. Institutionally it’s only a unequivocally good fit.

“The reason for that is they move only as most value to a ACC Network as any other propagandize in that league,” he said. “The 5 games we play any year in football, any of those games that are in a home track of a ACC could be on a ACC Network.”

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In 2019, that means a Nov. 9 matchup opposite Duke is slated to be on a ACC Network. The Sept. 2 opener during Louisville is on ESPN, and a home matchups opposite Virginia (Sept. 28), Virginia Tech (Nov. 2) and Boston College (Nov. 23) will be on NBC. In 2020, Notre Dame’s marquee matchup is a rematch with Clemson on Nov. 7 during Notre Dame Stadium.

Speculation about Playoff enlargement and realignment will always engage a Irish given they are a long-lived energy entrance off their initial playoff appearance. Notre Dame, however, does not play a discussion championship like a other Power 5 conferences.

Swofford maintains a Irish are one of college football’s brands that will be a outrageous partial of a ACC Network’s longterm plans. Swofford believes a Irish’s purpose within a discussion is a story value telling.

Could a network’s story change Notre Dame football as college football continues to develop into a subsequent decade? That doubt will never have a decisive answer as prolonged as a partnership exists.

“Possibly, yes,” Swofford said. “I’ve pronounced many times we’ve been open to a review and we know a radio partner would be as well. But again, we would say, since we don’t wish it to be misconstrued, that it’s not something we would expect in a nearby future.”