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Atlantic Coast Conference's TV rights deal should quell the chaos of conference realignment


Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) commissioner John Swofford talks to reporters during a break from a meeting of the Bowl Championship Series NCAA college football conference commissioners in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the new four-team playoff starting after the 2014 regular season will be called the College Football Playoff, and the conference commissioners will make it official with an announcement later Tuesday. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (The Associated Press)

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says he hopes the decision by his members to hand over their television rights to the league helps bring stability to all of college athletics after three years of conference realignment chaos.

The ACC announced Monday its 15 members agreed to a grant of rights, a legally binding deal that makes it nearly impossible for a school to switch conferences.

Swofford says there is "no question" the agreement is a good for the ACC. He added: "I think that hopefully that transfers to the greater good and the larger landscape from a national perspective. It would appear to me that it does that."

Three of the other power conferences — the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 — already have similar deals.