ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 Alliance trolled on social media for 'gentleman's agreement' comments
The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 have formed an alliance. What does that mean, exactly?
Well, that’s a good question. Another good question? What sort of documentation was signed for the agreement?
Apparently, none. Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff said the agreement was “between 3 gentlemen” and commitments from the member schools of all 3 conferences:
George Kliavkoff: "There's no signed document. There's an agreement between three gentlemen and a commitment from 41 (schools)."
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 24, 2021
Naturally, those comments about the alliance being a gentleman’s agreement raised plenty of eyebrows.
“It’s about trust. We’ve looked each other in the eye and made an agreement,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said later in the press conference on Tuesday.
Insert eye roll emoji here.
Social media had plenty to say about the news that there were no binding documents dealing with the alliance:
So there is no enforceable document to keep each other from poaching members, and there was no focus on revenue when creating it .. so .. ummm .. what are we doing here?
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) August 24, 2021
Gentlemen's agreements in college athletics have expiration dates. https://t.co/npIN0VIixa
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 24, 2021
So the first chance that comes along where their self interests aren't aligned, it's going to go down in a blaze of glory.
— Ryan Brothers (@BrothersRyan) August 24, 2021
Almost like they want this to not he taken seriously
— JHB4UK (@UKCatBBN) August 24, 2021
— James Dunn (@JDfromLA) August 24, 2021
Less substantial than the Jim-Dwight alliance?
— Joshua Thurman (@JoshTsays) August 24, 2021
Yeah, this won't last long. https://t.co/GDK4155kyL
— Kyle Whitfield (@Kyle_Whitfield) August 24, 2021
Sounds iron clad. https://t.co/OSlfJJU3lc
— Matt Schubert (@MattDSchubert) August 24, 2021
How long do you give this alliance before it falls apart in a blaze of glory?