AMELIA ISLAND - The expanding Atlantic Coast Conference has agreed to a new, seven-year television deal for football with ABC and ESPN.
While none of the parties would discuss specifics of the deal, ACC commissioner John Swofford acknowledged Wednesday that it would nearly double the average of about $21-million a year under the old contract. The New York Times and USA Today reported it was worth $258-million, or an average of about $37.6-million a year.
"Obviously, this was a very important negotiation for our league and its future," Swofford said at the close of the league's annual meetings. "We feel very good about both the exposure aspects of it, as well as the financial aspects of it."
The ACC is guaranteed a prime-time Labor Day game in each year of the contract. For the next two seasons Miami and FSU meet in that slot.
The first championship game is 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 2005.
MORE FOOTBALL: Tennessee will open the season on a Sunday. Its home opener against UNLV was scheduled for Saturday, Sept.4, but the teams moved the game to Sunday night so ESPN2 can televise it.
BASEBALL: Jonathan Tucker singled in the winning run as Florida rallied with two runs in the ninth to beat Florida State 3-2 in Gainesville.
BASKETBALL: Tony Harvey, the suspended top assistant to Missouri coach Quin Snyder, confirmed he is accused by the NCAA of giving former player Ricky Clemons $250, an allegation he denies. "I have not given Ricky any money, period," Harvey told the Associated Press in a phone interview. Harvey, 37, confirmed that Snyder suspended him with pay until the proceedings are finished. ... Valorie Brabazon, the mother of a slain Baylor player Patrick Dennehy, has resolved "potential claims" with the school and will not sue, university officials said. Dennehy was missing nearly six weeks before his body was found near campus last summer. Former teammate and roommate, Carlton Dotson, was charged with murder.