You’re in the checkout line of your local grocery store and just in front of you, a child starts to cry.

“I want some candy,” he screams.

But his parent says no. 

That only makes the child scream louder.

It’s a confrontation that leads to 1 of 2 conclusions. Either the parent gives in and buys the kid a Snickers or the kid leaves the store disappointed and empty handed because he had no other option.

That, in its most basic form, sums up the intensifying confrontation between Florida State and the ACC.

The Seminoles want a bigger share of their current conference’s income to make up for a $30 million revenue gap between the ACC and its two main rivals – the SEC and Big Ten. And they’re threatening to leave if they don’t get their way.

FSU president Richard McCullough and his Board of Trustees spent the better part of a half hour Wednesday voicing their displeasure with their current conference alignment, how being part of the ACC prevents them from being competitive nationally and how if something isn’t done soon to give them a bigger piece of the pie, they’re going to take their flaming spear and Appaloosa and ride off into the sunset for greener pastures.

“Unless something drastic changes on the revenue side at the ACC, it’s not a matter of if we leave,” BOT member and former Seminole quarterback Drew Weatherford said. “In my opinion, it’s a matter of how and when we leave.”

Added Trustee John Thiel: “We’ve earned that right.”

None of this is breaking news, of course. The folks in Tallahassee have been grousing publicly about finances and threatening to leave for a while now.

They mean business. They’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore.

There’s only 1 problem. Like that unruly child in the checkout line, there’s not a lot of options available to the Seminoles for getting their way if the ACC doesn’t give in to their threats.

There’s little chance of that happening, especially since the league has already tried to appease FSU – along with fellow football blue-blood Clemson – by proposing an incentive-based distribution plan that would reward schools for success in the College Football Playoff and NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Of course, that would mean the Seminoles would have to play their way into the CFP or NCAA Tournament to take advantage of the system – something they haven’t done in football since 2014 thanks to the horrible hiring decision that brought Willie Taggart to Tallahassee, or in basketball for the past 2 years.

So now what?

Trustee Deborah Sargent said she hopes the standoff between FSU and the ACC doesn’t become “a game of chicken.”

But it already is.

And it’s a game FSU stands to lose even if it wins.

That $30 million annual revenue gap will seem like quarters in a vending machine compared to the kind of numbers FSU – or any of the ACC’s other football playing members – would forfeit by breaking the league’s grant of media rights before it expires in 2036.

Forget about the estimated $120 million exit fee. That’s not what makes leaving so prohibitive. Seminoles boosters could probably pass around the hat and raise that kind of cash.

The deterrent comes from the fact that the ACC owns the broadcast rights to all its schools’ home games through the length of their contract. 

Whether they’re still in the ACC or not.

That means FSU would have to go the next 13 years without making a penny of TV money for any game played on their campus. You’d have to hit the $1.1 billion MegaMillions jackpot to make up that difference.

For all the saber rattling that took place during Wednesday’s board of trustees meeting, there was no mention by anyone about the grant of rights and how FSU thinks it can get out of it.

All we know is that a day earlier, board chairman Peter Collins was quoted by Warchant.com by saying that the contract is “the least of my worries,” adding that it “will not be the document that keeps us from taking action.”

What that action might be isn’t clear other than that, as Collins proclaimed, “all options are on the table.”

Assuming FSU’s lawyers haven’t cracked the code nobody else has yet to solve, the only other options are to go to court in hopes that a judge or jury will nullify the grant, convince either another conference to help offset the cost of leaving – that is, assuming any other conference is seriously considering adding the Seminoles – or finding enough other free agents to start a new conference with a new television contract of its own.

Whatever it does, the board has until Aug. 15 to decide whether the Seminoles will stay or go. That’s the deadline for informing the ACC in writing of a school’s intention to leave within the next year.

Don’t hold your breath that anything of substance will happen between now and then.

As Trustee Bob Sasser noted: “We’ve been talking about this for a year and we haven’t made any progress.”

If they haven’t made any progress in the past 12 months, chances are slim that the light will suddenly come on in the next 12 days.

No matter how loudly they scream.