However I am not sure if the ACC starts out at $12 million a year, if somebody can confirm that it would be news to me.
Comparatively speaking, these 2 contracts are pretty even with the slight edge to the Big12, but the gap closes even further. If FSU and Clemson are the only ones to leave the ACC, then the travel cost will go up even with the Big12 consolidating the travel expenses for every member. Then you have that pesky $20 million exit fee that both schools would have to pay, unless T. Boone Pickens feels like being generous.
By the time you get down to it, Clemson and FSU might as well wait for the “look in” clause in 5 years where the ACC could possibly make more money than the Big12, though the bowl tie-ins may tilt it back into the favor of the Big12, but on the other hand, being tied to the world wide leader in sports on everything is a pretty sweet set up for the fans and their broadcast quality is greater than Fox.
I have no doubt that FSU and Clemson would add more value to the Big12 and after the increased travel cost and exit fee FSU and Clemson would probably make a few million more a year, but you have to ask yourself which conference you want to be tied to in the long run? Swofford won’t always be there to screw things up, Notre Dame is an ACC lean, the SEC aint calling.