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Highlights of the Notre Dame deal with ACC

By The Associated Press
September 12, 2012
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Highlights of the deal under which Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference:

-- Notre Dame will remain independent in football, meaning it can keep all the money from its contract with NBC. The school has not disclosed how much that is.

-- Notre Dame, which has no bowl affiliation the next two seasons if it does not qualify for the BCS, will have access to the ACC's non-BCS bowls. The bowls cannot select Notre Dame over an ACC team unless the Irish are ranked higher in the BCS standings or are within one victory of that ACC team.

-- Notre Dame will play five football games annually against ACC teams, playing each team every three years. It will mean an end to Notre Dame's annual games with Pittsburgh and Boston College.

-- ACC Commissioner John Swofford says the league has no intention of adding a 16th member.

-- The ACC increased its exit fees for league schools to three times the annual operation budget, more than $50 million.

-- Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick described the deal as "financially neutral" for the school. Swofford said the deal likely would mean higher revenues for the ACC.

-- Beside football, Notre Dame hockey will be the only other Irish athletic team not in the ACC. It is joining the Hockey East in two seasons.

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