- The ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 college football conferences have come together for a new collaborative-focused partnership.
- This new alliance was a direct response to big schools like Texas and Oklahoma deciding to join the SEC.
- The SEC is unfazed by this new partnering.
NEW YORK – The NCAA college football drama has continued as the ACC, Big Ten, And Pac-12 conferences have officially formed an alliance that will focus on collaborative partnerships as big-named programs move to the SEC.
The Big-12 is losing both the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners to the SEC and other conferences are concerned about a potential monopoly.
This new partnership has little effect on the SEC, but could still affect college football betting lines at online sportsbooks.
Representatives from each conference have described the partnership as “a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling.”
“The historic alliance announced today between the Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten is grounded in a commitment to our student-athletes,” said George Kliavkoff, the new Pac-12 commissioner. “We believe that collaborating together we are stronger in our commitment to addressing the broad issues and opportunities facing college athletics.”
The Pac-12 has been the driving force behind this new alliance, with commissioner George Kliavkoff aiming to improve college football as a whole.
The exact purpose of the coming together of the conferences and how it will work have been described vaguely by all of those involved. The conferences are said to be working together both academically and athletically, in collaborative ways to boost revenue and increase access to the college football playoffs.
“The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 recognize the unique environment and challenges currently facing intercollegiate athletics, and we are proud and confident in this timely and necessary alliance that brings together like-minded institutions and conferences focused on the overall educational missions of our preeminent institutions,” said Jim Phillips, ACC commissioner. “The alliance will ensure that the educational outcomes and experiences for student-athletes participating at the highest level of collegiate athletics will remain the driving factor in all decisions moving forward.”
SEC Unaffected By Alliance
While there has been no outright admission to this move being in response to the SEC expansion, the timing of this partnership lends many in the NCAA market to believe this is nothing more than a panic response to the SEC becoming the first 16 school conference in existence.
With some of the top schools headed to the SEC, the conference could see around six schools competing in the soon-to-be expanded 12 team playoffs.
This would bring more revenue to the SEC and give them the edge in TV negotiations when their contracts are up.
This alliance between the three conferences will not stop the SEC from having these advantages, at least not the way it has been described by insiders.
College football has continued to change in recent months with new partnerships, teams switching conferences, and the expanded playoff schedule.
Those betting on college football at regulated sports betting sites won’t see these changes until 2025 at the earliest. Still, the seeds are being planted today for a complete overhaul of college football betting as we know it in the years to come.
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