ACC commissioner talks HQ analysis, league’s future

CHARLOTTE — This week marked the return of the Atlantic Coast Conference to Charlotte, this time for men’s and women’s college basketball media days. Held in an uptown hotel, the preseason promotional binge is one of many connections the city has with the Greensboro-based conference — a conference that is under new leadership and pondering its future.

Jim Phillips, former athletic director at Northwestern University, took the reins at the ACC in February. Phillips replaced John Swofford, who led the conference through an era of major change and growth for 24 years, as commissioner of the 15-member league.

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Over the summer, news surfaced that Phillips and the ACC had begun a two-track review of the conference’s business operations and headquarters. The conference, founded 68 years ago in Greensboro, owns its current 18,500-square-foot headquarters facility. It is home to 50 employees.

The ACC hired real estate consulting firm Newmark to help with its headquarters analysis.

This week, during a press conference in Charlotte to open the men’s basketball media day, Phillips reiterated earlier statements that the ACC is only looking at the current headquarters site and evaluating whether that building or something else in Greensboro is the best fit. If the search extends beyond Greensboro, that decision will be made by a majority vote of the school presidents.

Phillips sat for a short interview with CBJ at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, where he briefly addressed the headquarters analysis before discussing his impressions of the league and the college sports landscape after nine months on the job. Read the full story here.

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