ACC Network

ACC Network (ACCN) is an upcoming American cable and satellite television channel that is owned by ESPN Inc. Announced on July 21, 2016, it will be dedicated to coverage of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and will launch on August 22, 2019. The channel will operate from ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, though some programming and staff will be based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ahead of the linear channel's launch and as part of ESPN's new contract with the conference, ESPN launched the digital platform ACC Network Extra on WatchESPN in 2016, which streams ACC events not broadcast on television.

ACC Network
ACC Network ESPN logo
LaunchedAugust 22, 2019
Owned byESPN Inc.
(The Walt Disney Company, 80%; Hearst Communications, 20%)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersBristol, Connecticut
Sister channel(s)ESPN
ESPNU
SEC Network
Longhorn Network
Websitehttp://getaccn.com/
Streaming media
ACC Network Extra, ESPN, and WatchESPNWatch live
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from pay television provider to access content)
Sling TVInternet Protocol Television

History

There had been repeated calls for the ACC to establish its own cable channel, similar to those that had or were being established by other Power Five conferences.[1] From July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 (in the midst of realignment that saw Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Louisville announce that they would join the ACC, Maryland leave for the Big Ten, and Notre Dame join the ACC outside of football), the ACC took in less television revenue than the Pac-12, SEC and Big Ten conferences. The Big Ten and Pac-12 had already launched their own channels, while ESPN and the SEC had announced the SEC Network would launch in 2014.[1][2] SEC Network's first year of operation increased the conference's television revenue by around $100 million.[1]

In discussions with ESPN management, there were uncertainties over whether an ACC channel would be economically viable, due to cord cutting and changing television viewing habits.[1] The stability of the ACC itself was also questioned, but was addressed in 2013 by requiring the conference's current teams to grant the ACC control of media rights to all home games through the 2026–2027 season, even if they leave the conference. This policy effectively discourages schools from leaving the ACC, and left the SEC as the only Power Five conference to not have a similar grant requirement.[3][1] Eric J. Barron, president of Florida State University, stated that the grant would "ensure that the conference will strengthen its position of leadership among Division I athletics", and stated that "we are also very pleased that we will be moving forward on the next phase of developing an ACC network."[3]

On July 21, 2016 at a media event in Charlotte, North Carolina, ESPN announced a 20-year extension of its contract with the ACC, and that it would launch a cable channel dedicated to the ACC in 2019 known as the ACC Network. The announcement was attended by then-ESPN president John Skipper and ACC commissioner John Swofford. Ahead of the linear channel, ESPN announced that it would begin to stream ACC events beginning in the upcoming 2016 season.[4][5] Following the announcement, Skipper defended the decision to go on with launching a linear ACC channel, arguing that sports were the most valuable property on television because they are "the only thing you have to watch live".[1]

Each ACC school is constructing production facilities so they can contribute programming to the channel. Its operations will be based out of ESPN's main studios in Bristol, but some programming will originate from Charlotte, North Carolina.[6][7]

In November 2018, it was officially announced that ACCN would launch on August 22, 2019.[8] It will air its first football game on August 29, with the defending national champion Clemson Tigers hosting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.[9]

Programming

ACC Network is expected to carry 1,300 events per-year.[1] To increase the amount of sports content available, the ACC agreed to expand its conference schedule in college basketball to 20 games by the 2019-20 season. ESPN also acquired the secondary ACC rights previously held by Raycom Sports for its syndicated ACC Network (the company will continue to be involved as a subcontractee for events that can be carried by the new channel).[10][1]

Mark Packer and Wes Durham will host a morning show simulcast on ACCN and SiriusXM. Opening night programming will include the ESPN Films documentary The Class That Saved Coach K—chronicling Mike Krzyzewski's turnaround of the Duke Blue Devils basketball team in the 1980s.[11]

As a prelude to the linear service, and as part of ESPN's new rights package, WatchESPN began to carry broadcasts of ACC sporting events not on television under the branding ACC Network Extra; ESPN promoted that it would carry over 600 live telecasts per-season.[12][7]

Carriage

ESPN stated in June 2017 that it had reached carriage deals for the ACC Network with unknown providers.[13] In October 2017, Altice USA committed to offering the channel as part of in its latest round of carriage negotiations with Disney.[14] On December 30, 2018, Disney reached a new carriage agreement with Verizon Fios, which included carriage of the ACC Network.[15] On March 12, 2019, agreement was reached with the largest provider DirecTV.[16] Hulu and PlayStation Vue have also agreed to carry the channel at launch.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Art of the deal: How Swofford, ACC, ESPN reached agreement to launch the ACC Network". The News & Observer. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  2. ^ "ESPN packs SEC Network launch with training camp inside looks". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "ACC presidents OK deal to lock in schools". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  4. ^ "ACC, ESPN announce new television deal, including launch of ACC Network". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  5. ^ "ESPN-backed ACC Network launches in 2019". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  6. ^ "ACC Network Will Be Based Out Of Bristol Instead Of Charlotte As Widely Thought". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Teel, David. "U.Va., Virginia Tech investing millions in ACC Network preparations". dailypress.com. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  8. ^ "ACC Network set to launch in August 2019". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  9. ^ Sugiura, Ken. "Georgia Tech-Clemson to help launch ACC Network in 2019". myajc. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  10. ^ bwilkerson-new@greensboro.com, Brant Wilkerson-New. "Raycom takes new role as ACC Network plans to debut". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  11. ^ "ACC Network programming announcement includes a Coach K documentary". Awful Announcing. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  12. ^ "Here's how to watch college football games on ACC Network Extra". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  13. ^ "ACC, ESPN still bullish on conference network". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  14. ^ Steinberg, Brian (2017-10-05). "Disney, Altice Strike New Carriage Deal". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  15. ^ Haring, Bruce; Haring, Bruce (2018-12-30). "Disney And Verizon Reach New Carriage Deal For Fios, Avoiding Blackout". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  16. ^ https://www.wralsportsfan.com/acc-network-gains-distribution-deal-with-directv/18252738/
  17. ^ https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/playstation-vue-hulu-will-add-the-acc-network-this-year/

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2010–11 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team

The 2010–11 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team represented NC State University in the 2010–11 men's college basketball season. The team was coached by Sidney Lowe and played its home games at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC. The Wolfpack is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2010–11 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team

The 2010–11 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Jeff Bzdelik, who was hired after the firing of Dino Gaudio, and two consecutive seasons of NCAA tournament appearances. When Dino Gaudio was let go the week prior, athletic director Ron Wellman cited poor post season performance as the basis for that decision. Athletic Director Ron Wellman then proceeded to hire his longtime friend Jeff Bzdelik, as head coach even though he had a history of little to no postseason experiences. The team played its home games at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 8–24, 1–15 in ACC play and lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Boston College.

2011–12 Boston College Eagles men's basketball team

The 2011–12 Boston College Eagles men's basketball team represented Boston College in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Eagles were led by second-year head coach Steve Donahue. The team played its home games at Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Boston College competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2011–12 Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team

The 2011–12 Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team represented the University of Maryland in the 2011–12 college basketball season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team was led by first-year head coach Mark Turgeon, previously head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies. In March 2011, Turgeon was hired to replace Gary Williams, who retired from the position after 22 years at his alma mater. The Terrapins played their home games on campus at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland.

2011–12 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team

The 2011–12 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team represented NC State University in the 2011–12 men's college basketball season. The team was led by Mark Gottfried and played its home games at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 24-13 overall, 9-7 in ACC play, finishing in a three-way tie for fourth place. As a No. 5 seed in the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, they defeated Boston College in the first round and Virginia in the quarterfinals before falling to North Carolina in the semifinals. They received an at large bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, where they beat San Diego State in the second round and Georgetown in the third round before falling to Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen.

2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, part of the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, took place from March 8–11 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Florida State Seminoles gave the state of Florida its first-ever ACC tournament win, capturing their first ACC championship in their 21st season in the league.

2013 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 14–17 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. For the second consecutive year, a team from the state of Florida captured its first-ever ACC Men's Basketball Tournament title, as the Miami Hurricanes won the championship. The 2013 tournament was the final ACC Tournament with 12 teams, as Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Notre Dame joined the ACC for the 2013–14 season.

2013–14 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team

The 2013–14 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team represented Syracuse University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played its home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. This marked Syracuse's inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, having moved from the Big East Conference. They finished the season 28–6, 14–4 in ACC play to finish in second place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament to North Carolina State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Western Michigan in the second round before losing in the third round to Dayton. They started the season 25–0 before losing 6 of their final 9 games.

2014 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Atlantic Coast Conference held from March 12–16 in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum. This was the first ACC Tournament to include 15 teams, a result of the conference adding Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame, and also the last to feature Maryland, which left after the season for the Big Ten Conference. Seeds #5 through #9 received a first-round bye, and the top four seeds received a first- and second-round "double bye".

Top-seeded Virginia won the tournament under the guidance of Tony Bennett, defeating Florida State, Pittsburgh, and then Duke in the championship game. It was their second ACC tournament championship and first since 1976. Virginia had lost its most recent five appearances in the tournament championship game, losing to North Carolina in 1977, 1982, and 1994, to NC State in 1983, and to Georgia Tech in 1990. The Cavaliers placed four players on the all-tournament teams, and their leading scorer, Joe Harris, was named tournament MVP.

2015 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

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2016 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament

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2017 Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer season

The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer season was the 64th season of men's varsity soccer in the conference.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the North Carolina are the defending regular season champions for the Atlantic and Coastal Conferences, respectively. Wake Forest are the defending ACC Tournament Champions.

2018 Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer season

The 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer season was the 65th season of men's varsity soccer in the conference.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are the defending champions of the Atlantic Conference and the North Carolina are the defending champions of the Coastal Conference. Wake Forest are the defending ACC Tournament Champions. Both Wake Forest and North Carolina successfully defended their titles, while Louisville won the ACC Tournament.

ACC Network (Raycom Sports)

ACC Network was a syndicated package of college sports telecasts featuring football and basketball events from the Atlantic Coast Conference, produced by Raycom Sports, the sports syndication unit of Montgomery, Alabama-based Raycom Media (now owned by Gray Television).

The package stemmed from a joint venture between Raycom and Jefferson-Pilot Teleproductions, which acquired the rights to ACC basketball in 1982 under the banner Raycom/JP Sports. In 2004, Jefferson-Pilot's ACC football package (which began in 1984) was also moved under Raycom/JP Sports. Jefferson-Pilot was acquired by Lincoln National Corporation in 2006, who would in turn sell its media assets to Raycom in 2006. In 2010, ESPN acquired the rights to ACC basketball and football, but continued to sub-license games to Raycom Sports to continue the syndicated package, which was relaunched under the ACC Network brand. Broadcast games were shown locally on over-the-air broadcast stations, regional sports networks, as well as streaming on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.In July 2016, ESPN announced an extension of its contract and plans to launch an ACC cable channel of the same name in 2019, and took ownership of the ACC rights that were previously sub-licensed to Raycom. In anticipation of the new channel, the "ACC Network" branding during its syndicated telecasts was phased out in 2018. Although ESPN will continue to subcontract Raycom Sports resources for the new channel, Raycom's final syndicated ACC telecast—the 2019 ACC men's basketball championship game—aired March 16, 2019.

Cory Alexander

Cory Lynn Alexander (born June 22, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player who is now an announcer for college basketball.

After a career at the University of Virginia (having graduated with a degree in psychology), Alexander was the 29th overall selection in the 1995 NBA draft, chosen by the San Antonio Spurs. He played for the Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, the Orlando Magic and, after a three-year absence from the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats. His NBA career averages include 5.5 points and 2.7 assists per game. He later became a commentator for the ACC Network (Raycom Sports). Cory is currently working for ESPN as a college basketball commentator. He also runs Cory Alexander Basketball School in Richmond, Virginia.

List of ACC Network (Raycom Sports) affiliates

The following is a list of affiliates with the former ACC Network, an ad hoc syndicated sports network operated by Raycom Sports and featuring the athletic teams of the Atlantic Coast Conference. This network is not to be confused with the ACC Network linear channel announced on 2016 July 21 by the league and ESPN, which is slated for launch in 2019. The stations listed below include all stations that broadcast the syndication package.

Note: The ACC Men's Basketball Tournament is not broadcast by ACC Network affiliates outside the ACC's geographical footprint as ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU have rights to that tournament in areas outside the ACC footprint. The ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU broadcasts of the tournament are no longer blacked out in areas inside the ACC's footprint, which as of 2014, includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.The current ACC Network includes:

35 CW affiliates (including WTTO in Birmingham, WCCT in Hartford, WTOG in Tampa, WUPA in Atlanta, WNOL in New Orleans, WKBD in Detroit, KPLR in St. Louis and KMYS in San Antonio)

32 MyNetworkTV affiliates (including WUXP in Nashville, WDCA in Washington, WNDY in Indianapolis, WUAB in Cleveland, and WCGV in Milwaukee)

19 independent stations (including WLNY in New York, KDOC in Los Angeles, and KTXA in Dallas)

11 CBS affiliates (including WFOR in Miami, WJZ in Baltimore and WBTV in Charlotte)

10 NBC affiliates (including WRAL in Raleigh)

9 ABC affiliates (including WHAS in Louisville, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTAE in Pittsburgh)

Raycom Sports

Raycom Sports is an American producer of sports television programs. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and owned and operated by Gray Television.

It was founded in 1979 by husband and wife, Rick and Dee Ray. In the 1980's, Raycom Sports established a prominent joint venture with Jefferson-Pilot Communications which made them partners on the main Atlantic Coast Conference basketball package. Raycom was acquired in 1994 by Ellis Communications. Two years later, Ellis was acquired by a group led by Retirement Systems of Alabama, who renamed the entire company Raycom Media to build upon the awareness of Raycom Sports. The company would be acquired by Gray Television in 2019.

The company was well-known for its tenure with the ACC, and has also had former relationships with the SEC, Big Eight, and Big Ten conferences, as well as the now-defunct Southwest Conference. In the 2010's, Raycom lost both its ACC and SEC rights to ESPN (a network which had, in its early years, picked up Raycom-distributed ACC basketball games for national broadcasts), and transferred these rights to in-house cable networks.

The company also produces sports telecasts for other entities; via Raycom Sports or related operation Tupelo Raycom, Gray produces NFL preseason games for several teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

WCZU-LD

WCZU-LD is a digital low-powered television station that is licensed to and located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. The station is owned by DTV America Corporation, a broadcasting firm based in Sunrise, Florida, located near Miami. The station is a primary affiliate of the MyNetworkTV programming service and also holds a secondary affiliation with the classic TV oriented Antenna TV.

The station's signal is broadcast on UHF channel 39, and originates from a transmitter located near Wingfield, in unincorporated southwest Edmonson County along Kentucky Route 1749.

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