Realignment talks: Greg Sankey says SEC won't 'get in the middle of' grant of rights
SEC Media Days began on Monday morning, and commissioner Greg Sankey was quick to squash any potential to new additions for the immediate future.
Sankey said on the SEC Network that the SEC would not “get in the middle of” grant-of-rights contracts.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey on expansion to the Network: Some schools have grant-of-rights "and we're not going to get in the middle of those."
— G. Allan Taylor (@GAllanTaylor) July 18, 2022
Sankey didn’t name any specific programs, but he’s presumably referring to the ACC’s grant of rights contract that runs through 2036. That contract would make it difficult — and prohibitively expensive — for any ACC programs to leave the conference any time soon.
For context, when the SEC poached Texas and Oklahoma last summer, the Big 12’s grant of rights had just 4 years remaining. That deal expires in 2025. The ACC’s grant of rights still has 14 years before it expires.
That’s key news for programs like Clemson, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia, all of whom have been rumored to be potential expansion candidates for the SEC or Big Ten.
Other realignment dominos could fall in the coming months — big decisions from the Pac-12, Big 12 and, of course, Notre Dame will likely have a big impact on the rest of the college football landscape.