ACC's Swofford wants to protect teams from financial burden

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — ACC commissioner John Swofford doesn’t want the league’s teams to struggle with finances because of participation in the conference’s football title game.

Swofford said he wanted to “protect” member schools from experiencing the type of financial loss Florida State faced in December.

The Seminoles lost about $440,000 in ticket expenses after last December’s ACC Championship Game against a 6-6 Georgia Tech team in Charlotte, N.C. Florida State won the game 21-15, earning an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl.

Florida State fans, saving for a then-anticipated trip weeks later to the Orange Bowl, were not inspired by the Yellow Jackets’ appearance and stayed away from the game. Tickets were available for as little as $5 on StubHub.com the week before the contest.

As a result, Florida State was unable to sell its allotted 10,000 tickets.

The league is still sorting out its bowl future. With recent additions to the conference in Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Louisville, and partnership with Notre Dame, the bowl lineup is expected to change in the coming years. Swofford said he anticipates the conference will have nine or 10 bowl partnerships.

WANTED MAN: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson in Florida.

The state attorney’s office confirmed Thursday that a Broward circuit judge issued a warrant May 7 against Johnson for failing to report to his probation officer.

Johnson received a year of probation last September after pleading no contest to a domestic violence charge involving his former wife, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada.


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