Although the Irish maintained their independence, Swarbrick said the decision was not difficult because it made the most sense. As part of the contractual agreement with the CCA, Notre Dame had already scheduled six games with the conference, including Clemson. The Irish added Florida State, Boston College, Pittsburgh and North Carolina. “I look closely at the national data every morning and, although there are still very important crisis outbreaks, the trends have certainly improved,” he said. “The problem is that we`re trying to navigate something that`s not another sports team, and it`s back to campus and campus life. It`s fundamentally different. Next week, there will be 10,000 more students. Conscientious students will do everything they can to protect the university safely and for themselves, but it`s another dynamic if you`re in such a living environment. “It wasn`t hard for us to agree on the TV money,” said Espn`s Andrea Adelson. “It wasn`t hard for us to come to an agreement that when they come home, they bring their NBC games, they play the same number of games as everyone else in the league, so they would have the right to play in the ACC football championship and the Orange Bowl if they turned out to be our representative at the Orange Bowl.” The result was a much-anticipated, unsettling agreement that SWofford, the CCA Commissioner, described as a “win-win” in an interview with ESPN.com. It also appears, for financial reasons, that it is a mutually beneficial partnership, since it has a condition in its agreement. Notre Dame and Michigan were planning a two-year break for 2018 and 2019, and the two schools never officially signed an alleged deal that would lock them up to play against each other until 2030. There`s certainly a chance That Notre Dame will use the ACC as a way to reject Michigan — along with Michigan State and Purdue — from their football plan. As part of this agreement, the Irish will play five football games a year against ACC schools, which is a change of game for both sides.

It remains to be seen the impact of the five-game agreement on Notre Dame`s football plan, but that most likely means that the Irish won`t play as many Midwestern opponents in the future. USC, Stanford and the Navy are likely to remain on Notre Dame`s schedule, and the Irish will play arizona State at Cowboys Stadium next year. Notre Dame already had an appointment contract with the ACC, which puts five or six games with the league on the Fighting Irish schedule every year. They`ve had six this season: Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Pitt. In addition, there are home games against Florida State and Syracuse, as well as street games against North Carolina and Boston College. There will be no renewal of the Notre Dame-Miami rivalry. Then you have the College Football Playoff (CFP), which has lucrative agreements with conferences. In addition, they also played against the Panthers and Orange in the same period.

In addition, games against Notre Dame that are not on NBC will attract higher ratings for the ACC Network and ESPN than they would otherwise have been.