With the success of the ESPN-backed SEC Network bringing in money for both the conference and the Worldwide Leader in Sports, it was only a matter of time before a cable TV channel dedicated to the Atlantic Coast Conference would follow. ESPN and the ACC have teamed up for the creation of the ACC Network, which will launch in 2019 and with a planned team-up between the conference and the sports broadcasting powerhouse through the 2035-36 academic year.
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While the linear network will launch by 2019, the ACC Network’s digital channel will start this fall and carry 600 live events. The linear network will broadcast more than 1,300 live events per year when it starts.
Swofford said the league will move to a 20-game league schedule in men’s basketball by 2019, part of an effort to boost the amount of available content.
The ACC Network will increase the league’s overall value. Swofford said the many agreements will put the ACC in “the upper echelon of Power 5 conferences” and secure the league’s future over the next 20 years.
The ACC joins the Big Ten, Pac-12, and other conferences with their own cable TV channels. Live college sports are still a moneymaker for ESPN, so this team-up is a major coup for both.
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