How will the playoff money will be distributed to the current conferences? With the end of automatic qualifier designation, there is -- for starters -- a $24 million hunk of change up for grabs. That equals the 18 percent share the Big East is receiving as a BCS automatic qualifier. The league will earn at least that much through 2013 before a playoff is instituted in 2014.
It is assumed that newly labeled Big Five (ACC, Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12), will want to keep their current 85 percent share of revenue. Currently, that 85 percent is distributed among the top six conferences (including the Big East). Eighty-five percent of $600 million equals $510 million. That would leave $90 million for the Big East, MAC, Sun Belt, Mountain West and Conference USA. (It is assumed the WAC will dissolve beginning in 2014).
$102,000,000 per year per big 5 conference playoff money
$7,285,714 per year per big 5 school playoff money
$40,000,000 per year per conference Orange Bowl money
$2,857,142 per year per ACC school Orange Bowl money
That would be about an extra $10,000,000 per year per school
If we use Florida State as an example, this year they brought in $16.85 million. That number will jump due to this round of expansion - thank you Pitt and CUSE. Total - $26,992,856 per year per ACC school without the bump due to expansion.
If I am Notre Dame, I am taking a hard look in the mirror right now. The ACC needs to not give in to Notre Dame. We are in a position of power right now. The question is how much overall revenue is NBC and the new playoff structure going to give ND? Even if the new NBC contract is on par with their last contract, won’t they fall well behind every team in the top 5 conferences? You can bet the conversations are going on behind closed doors.
Also, the ACC does not have to split TV revenue from the Orange Bowl with another conference. I wonder how the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, and Pac 12 feel about that since they have to split.