I agree, and you can bet that Notre Dame, Louisville, and Syracuse, who received a lot of national coverage as members of the Big East, are going to demand that the ACC improve their coverage. I do not believe that these schools would have agreed to join the ACC if there were not plans in place to ensure that all of their games would be broadcast.
The ACC has to wake up and understand that there is more to the ACC now than just Duke, UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest. Maryland had issues with the ACC going back to when Lefty was the basketball coach, because the league always catered to the four North Carolina schools. Now with the expansion and the replacement of Maryland with Louisville, there are more former Big East schools in the ACC than there are original ACC schools. The four NC schools will no longer have the clout they once had. I cannot wait to see Coach K and Ole Roy be forced to play in Louisville and South Bend. South Bend is even in a different time zone I do not think Duke or UNC fans will know how to react..
So, Maryland thinks the BigTen is a better place? Their contribution will be that BigTen alumni in the DC area do not have to travel far far to see games against Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Indiana and Rutgers who will be in the same football division with Maryland. And Rutgers, is a similar set up for the New York metropolitan area. Though, this arrangement also brings BigTen basketball to these markets.
As fro Notre Dame, they will not be playing football in the ACC, but already dropped some of their rivals to meet a 5 football game commitment to the ACC. They are in the ACC and not in the ACC, so they can keep their contract with NBC t o 2025. Though, trading Notre Dame fro Maryland, in basketball, is a gain here.
The enlarging of conferences is not over. Do not be surprised that we end up with four 16 - 20 team conferences (ACC, SEC, BigTen, Pac 16 - 20). This is the most of what was called Division1A. Though, this may just stop at four 16 team conferences. I am waiting fro the SEC to "invite" Texas and Oklahoma, doing so will kill the Big 12. The ACC going after Connecticut at least, if the BigTen does not get it first. The BigTen could eye Kansas and U Conn; that will add to their basketball resume and effectively add a foothold in New England and Kansas City. The Pac 12, BYU, Bosie State to get to 14, the question is where they go for two more schools though it is doubtful they would expand east of the Mountain Time Zone. Though prospects like San Diego State, UNLV, Colorado State or Air Force could be in part of the mix. The intriguing part of 4 16 team conferences, you have a built in playoff not only for football, but basketball, as well
Thus, these conference networks, may end up being solid regional college networks, augmented by ESPN Networks and FOX College Sport Networks.
The bottom line, this is to make money and lots of it. To split off 64 to 80 schools into an elite level would send dollars rolling into these conferences and the networks that broadcast them. Those who make moved now (Rutgers, Maryland) will not be left out like Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, et. al. will be. It is unfortunate, but that is really where things seems to be be headed.