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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Irish would earn $13.75M for Orange

By Matt Fortuna

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A berth in the Discover Orange Bowl will earn Notre Dame $13.75 million -- or only half what an SEC or Big Ten team would receive -- beginning after the 2014 season, sources told ESPN.

The Orange Bowl has signed a 12-year contract, as part of college football's upcoming playoff from 2014-25, matching the ACC champion against the highest available ranked team from the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame.

ESPN will pay an average of $55 million annually for the bowl, sources said. If the ACC plays an SEC or Big Ten opponent, both conferences would each receive $27.5 million.

However, if Notre Dame is the ACC's Orange Bowl opponent, the Irish only receive $13.75 million and the ACC $41.25 million.

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