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ACC, Orange Bowl Announce 12-Year Deal To Play Game On Jan. 1
Published July 5, 2012
TV TIME: In Virginia, David Teel wrote the Orange Bowl and ACC are “confident enough in their product to negotiate an independent television deal, much like the Big Ten, Pacific 12 and Rose Bowl have long done.” ESPN has “first negotiating rights,” and if Fox and NBC “bid as well, the ACC and its Orange Bowl opponents could be all the richer.” Swofford said, “There may be other (TV) interest as well, as there were some other (networks) interested in the Rose Bowl situation that went to ESPN." He added, "We will move right into that as soon as we are solid on the opponent in the game. There’s no reason not to move forward with it” (DAILYPRESS.com, 7/3). ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel notes the Orange Bowl’s “decision to return to a 1 p.m. New Year’s Day kickoff on Jan. 1, 2015 after some 50 years in prime time provides an interesting twist to the new postseason format.” Multiple bowls for many years have “kicked off in that early-afternoon time slot.” Maisel: “Does that mean that in the years when the Orange Bowl is the site of a national semifinal game, it will have to be played against other bowl games? “ (ESPN.com, 7/5).