During ACC’s Football Kickoff event Thursday, conference commissioner John Swofford announced that in conjunction with the ACC Network officially being launched in 2019, the conference will add two more league games to each team’s schedule.
Big news: ACC will move to 20 league basketball games in 2019 when the ACC Network goes live. #ACCKickoff
— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) July 21, 2016
With the move, the ACC will go from having 18 conference games to 20. Considering the ACC is already a cumbersome 15-team league comprised of many high-profile programs, this move makes sense on a lot of levels.
As CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish tweeted Thursday, as long as the trade off is more conference games instead of “buy” games then this is something that will be well appreciated.
If this leads to fewer “buy” games in the non-league schedule for schools, I’m on board. https://t.co/sZGfMxUvmA
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 21, 2016
More from Chip Patterson of CBS Sports:
In addition to potentially increasing the strength of schedule for the entire ACC, an increase in the conference schedule means two more home-and-home pairings for each school. In theory, that should help balance the schedules among the 15 teams — or at least create less imbalance in the annual chase of a regular season championship.
But while strength of schedule and schedule balance are results of the extra two games, the name of the game is inventory. Adding an ACC Network cable channel means the league will want more games that it has exclusive rights to air, and now there’s more inventory with the addition of more league games on the schedule.
With Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame recently joining the conference, the ACC has solidified itself as arguably the best basketball conference in the country.
The conference is coming off a banner year, while sending sending seven teams to the NCAA Tournament—six of which reached the Sweet 16 with two teams (North Carolina and Syracuse) advancing to the Final Four.