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Intrastate college competition bill not expected to reach House floor

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(The Center Square) – The speaker of the state’s House of Representatives has tapped the breaks on a proposal legislating scheduling of games in football and basketball for the athletics departments at the ACC’s North Carolina and N.C. State.

UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State and East Carolina would have been impacted as well.

UNC Intrastate Athletic Competition, as House Bill 965 is known, as of Monday morning is still slated to get a hearing in the Appropriations Committee. Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, doesn’t expect much time to be given to it then and confirmed “it won’t come to the floor” of the House.

The legislation would, no matter how collegiate conference realignment falls in the future, maintain rivalry games for the Tar Heels and Wolfpack in football, and men’s and women’s basketball annually.

Additionally, each program would play each year either Charlotte, Appalachian or East Carolina once in those sports.

Carolina and N.C. State regularly meet in the ACC, though the league has three new institutions joining on July 1 and is involved in litigation about the ability of members to exit.

Two of the court cases it filed involving Florida State and Clemson; each school also filed a case against the league. The Big Ten and Southeastern conferences have swelled in number and continue to step away in revenue distribution per school from fellow power conferences the ACC and the Big 12.

The Pac-12 was a power five league, but membership is down to two with exits to the Big Ten and Big 12. It is in a two-year period of remaining alive trying to negotiate agreements to boost membership, with several leagues possible to help achieve that goal. The Pacific Coast Conference first originated Dec. 2, 1915.

Respective average per school distributions for 2022-23 were $60.3 million in the Big Ten; $51.3 million SEC; $44.8 million ACC with non-football member Notre Dame getting $22.1 million; $44.2 million Big 12; and $33.6 million Pac-12.

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