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Thursday, November 15, 2012
ACC, Orange Bowl announce details of deal

By Andrea Adelson


The ACC and Orange Bowl Committee announced more details of their partnership Thursday, confirming the game will air on ESPN pitting the league champion against a team from the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame as part of its 12-year agreement beginning in 2015.

The game will either be played on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

The Big Ten and SEC will have at least three guaranteed appearances over the 12-year deal, while Notre Dame gets a maximum of two appearances. The opponent will be determined based on the highest-ranked team available in the final standings, as determined by a selection committee.

Here are a few statements:

"We are pleased to have finalized our long-term partnership which brings tremendous exposure and value to the ACC and our member institutions,” ACC commissioner John Swofford. “The Discover Orange Bowl has a rich history of prestige and featuring our teams against opponents from the Big Ten, SEC and potentially Notre Dame provides attractive matchups year in and year out. The opportunity to partner with ESPN to showcase the game on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day provides us with a terrific way for fans to ring in the New Year in South Florida.”

”The Orange Bowl Committee is truly excited about the completion of our bowl matchup with the ACC champion by solidifying that their opponent will be from either the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame, at a special time of year in beautiful South Florida. Undoubtedly this arrangement will provide tremendous national visibility and generate significant economic impact to the South Florida Community,” said O. Ford Gibson, Orange Bowl Committee president and chair. “The Orange Bowl values our special partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, as we are looking forward to strengthening our already deep relationships with the Big Ten, SEC and Notre Dame.”