“And you’re asking them to come into a board room together and make decisions that are in the best interest of the whole, meaning the conference. And that could be very challenging.”
Swofford also talked about the conference’s decision to expand the league from nine to 15 schools under his tenure, and he explained why the expansion was an important step for the ACC to sign a TV contract through 2035-36 with ESPN.
"We had to get bigger," he said. "We had to have more television sets. We had to get better at football ... as a nine member league, we would have never had that opportunity, and we needed that opportunity to keep up with our colleague conferences from a revenue-generation standpoint."
CHSC is a membership organization since 1995 that promotes collegiate and high school athletics in Orange County. On top of hosting guests to speak at monthly meetings at Squid's Restaurant, Market and Oyster Bar in Chapel Hill, the organization donates $250 to $500 to local elementary and high schools.
Brian Chacos, the president of CHSC and former UNC offensive tackle who graduated in 2006, said that most of the organization’s operations involve Tar Heel athletics. Many of the members are season ticket holders, Rams Club members, ex-faculty of the University and UNC athletic administrators.
“Normally what happens is we come, we eat for 30 minutes, and we’ll make announcements, then have our speakers,” Chacos said. “We usually just have a speaker that will get up and talk and they take Q&A.”
After his opening remarks, members of CHSC directed the conversation to how people are consuming college sports. With the ubiquity of media coverage on college athletics today — including local games getting televised — the landscape is changing.
Earlier this year, UNC announced that Kenan Stadium would decrease its capacity from 63,000 to about 51,000 in order to renovate viewing sections to make seating more comfortable — a move Swofford called genius.
"I'm one of those guys that always liked, as an AD, to have a few people outside wanting a ticket that couldn't get one," he said. "That's the best of all circumstances."
CHSC will meet three more times before the group breaks for the summer.
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