The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that it is moving its headquarters from Greensboro to Charlotte.
According to the official announcement on Tuesday, Sept. 20, the move to Charlotte was a unanimous decision by the 15 member ACC Board of Directors. It states, “The unanimous decision completes a comprehensive review and assessment, under the direction of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, to ensure that the conference office is best positioned for the future and changing dynamics of intercollegiate athletics.
Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “The announcement is disappointing but obviously not unexpected.”
She noted that the decision had taken 14 months and that she was proud of the team Greensboro put together to negotiate with the ACC and the work that they had done.
Vaughan said, “Every time the ACC came up with what some people would consider a roadblock, we figured a way over it or around it.”
One example Vaughan gave was of the ACC’s desire to have access to an airport with a large hub with accessibility to all 15 member schools. Vaughan said to get around that the Greensboro team created a “concierge private jet service” for the ACC.
Vaughan said, “One thing we offered the ACC that nobody else could offer was the naming rights to the Greensboro Coliseum.”
Vaughan said that a roadblock that Greensboro could not get around was the fact that Charlotte has an NFL stadium and Greensboro doesn’t.
Even in the ACC – which is known as a basketball conference – football accounts for about 85 percent of the revenue, and the recent major changes in college athletics are being driven by football revenue.
Vaughan said, “We love the ACC and look forward to continuing to have a long and profitable relationship.”
ACC Board of Directors Chair and Duke University President Vincent Price in the press release said, “The Board of Directors is pleased that the conference headquarters will be joining the Charlotte community and is quite excited about the long term opportunities that will afford. The Board also recognizes and expresses our thanks for what has been a truly wonderful relationship with Greensboro over the last 70 years, and we appreciate the support shown by the state of North Carolina to have the league office remain in the state. We are grateful to the city of Charlotte and look forward to a flourishing partnership.”
The current headquarters of the ACC is at Grandover, not far from where the ACC was created in 1953 at the Sedgefield Country Club.
Gee, I hope we get to keep the ACC Hall of Fame.
And voters keep electing the same smelly logs to sit on City Council and County Commissioners. Enjoying the ride as we circle the sewer drain?
Not unexpected. The Mayor can tap dance around it, but who would want their business here?
Vincent Price. I was always a Duke fan until we became a babysitter for one-year players. When Coach K. started engaging in this method of college basketball, I lost all respect for him. I wonder how many games and titles Coach Wooden would have amassed playing the one-and-out style of basketball. Maybe the ACC will become a thirty-team conference and shovel more dollars into their coffers.
Strongly agree as a life long Duke fan. ACC has been ruined by ESPN pushing for more football TV $ and rumor is ACC is the next conference to be gutted for football money.
Colleges cannot force any student to stay one. Don’t blame the coaches, they have to deal with it.
Mandate Mayor waves goodbye to the most internationally known part of Greensboro’s identity. During her decades in city government the ACC has been unable to garner the same level of elected officials support as panhandling ordinances and police homicide coverups. The Performance Arts Palace took 100 million plus tax dollars but the ACC gets the freeze out. For shame. Tournament town might need rebranding. Also if any company thought naming rights to the Greensboro Coliseum was worth money they would already be lined up.
No shock here. Believe Greensboro’s reputation has finally caught up with them. Still stuck in the 60’s with all the race cards you play. Congratulations city council! You’re still a joke…keep on believing that you all walk on water…while Greensboro continues to drown.
Modern day shake down. Why give them any money? The Acc will never be like it was. Woke schools and woke coaches.
The biggest money maker is the SEC and they are in Birmingham. Not exactly the hub like Atlanta. And, they have the rusted out Legion Field – not an NFL stadium. They do quite well. The future so far is football and the TV money. The ACC has been way behind the SEC and Big Ten. When the SEC took Texas and Oklahoma, Jim Phillips arranged some kind of “alliance” with the Big Ten and Pac 12, which was never defined. Then the Big Ten made their big move for Southern Cal and UCLA. So much for the “alliance”. I gather he doesn’t do very well at the poker table. He was outplayed.
The ACC is still burdened with the long term contract to get the ACC network going and so far, Jim Phillips hasn’t done anything to expand content. While others saw that football was the revenue future, we took in the Big East. We got two football schools (Miami and a lesser extent, Va Tech) and a bunch of basketball. If Phillips has a rabbit to pull out of the hat, he needs to do it soon. Moving to Charlotte doesn’t add value to the conference. Getting ACC football games on TV and in bowl games and the playoffs is what makes money. This is all about college presidents wanting to fly to a bigger town. I guess it makes them feel more important. It is hard to watch the slow decline of the ACC. The next couple of years will be interesting, considering some of these same college presidents will have no choice but approve their schools move to the SEC or Big Ten. The ACC leadership has no real reason to stay in Greensboro. And many of the conference schools will realize they have no reason to stay in the ACC. How long will Clemson, Miami, Florida State and Va Tech stay in the ACC when the SEC comes calling. And what about the Big Ten? All but Nebraska are members of the Assoc. of American Univ. So are Duke, UNC, Ga Tech, UVa, Pitt and Ga Tech. How will these schools turn down a stable conference with big money?
I have no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds good.
No please don’t take the 50 jobs from some obscure building in Jamestown, how would we survive? We grew and bounced back even better after the powerhouse Cone mills shut down. Its barely mentioned these days grounds already converted. There is a reason I don’t have to cross a county line to work.
It wasn’t in Jamestown and only had 12 employees numbnuts. Obviously you know nothing about Cone Mills and what the Co. did for Greensboro. We have one of the best medical facilities in the state and a number one trama center thanks to the Cone family. That’s just touching the tip of the iceberg Take some time to read if you can and learn the history of the city
This is all on do nothing Vaughn and the pathetic city council. Idiots all.
No need to fret…..Charlotte may have stolen the ACC, but we stole Taiwo Jaiyeoba….right !!!!
Mongo’d again! Two wokies = 1 Jakoba
Let’s see. Before the election the mayor talked as if there was still a chance the ACC would stay in Greensboro and now she says it is no surprise they are leaving? And she wants credit for a harebrained naming rights giveaway and “concierge jet service? Oh, and it turns it Boom is an underfunded bust, a supersonic jet with no engine supplier and a short supply of the environmentally friendly fuel they say it will run on. And that “big announcement” (Amazon) that was just around the corner? Not happening. Well, at least there is the big Toyota project in another county. Wait until the debt service comes due on all the bond projects and spending, requiring yet another tax increase. You get what you vote for.
We have two distribution centers and a fulfillment center in the county already I bet you didn’t run to post that, and the battery plant wanted to be in Greensboro but the GA would not allocate all the money unless it was in a less fortunate county which Randolph certainly is this is a Greensboro project no one comes to NC for Asheboro be serious.
Which two distribution hubs are you talking about
Nancyis only thinking about the impact on Greensboro, , however,, it impacts every town around us.