Monday, July 18, 2016

ACC Network coming in 2019

After years of speculation and enduring numerous changes in the college football and TV landscape, the ACC Network has a start date. It will come in 2019. The specifics and details will come later in the week at the ACC Media Days. But the highlights include extending the current TV, locking in Notre Dame and the ACC finally having a network. 

ESPN remains the key partner in the deal and that should help. Even in its decline, ESPN still has cash and leverage to get the ACC Network off to a good start. 

For BC this is continued good news. It provides stability. It provides more money. It keeps us on par with other Power 5 teams and for our fans, it means that much more coverage and content. 


mod34b said...

Looks like BC is 'safe' (not 'Templed') for next 20 years in ACC, and ND is hooked for 20 years too (but still keeps its independence). Bc won't be getting the type of ND schedule it had prior to 2012 anytime soon. Some woud like to see more regular ND-BC football. I'd prefer less, unless they join the ACC for football and the game become a meaningful conference game.

[Note to Bates and subsequent AD: Improve now; don't wait until 2030.]

"The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN have agreed to a 20-year deal and rights extension through the 2035-36 academic year, sources said.

The ACC also extended its conference grant of rights deal nine years through 2035-36, a source said.

The conference's grant of rights makes it untenable financially for a school to leave, guaranteeing in the 20 years of the deal that a school's media rights, including revenue, for all home games would remain with the ACC regardless of the school's affiliation.

The ACC's new grant of rights also automatically extends Notre Dame's contract with the conference as a member in all sports but football through 2035-36, a source said. If the Irish forgo football independence in the next 20 years, they are contracted to join the ACC."

Hoib said...

i hate the special deal for ND, ACC should show some onions and tell them to get lost, like the Big 10 did.

Scott said...

No surprise that the ESPN has confirmed a firm launch date for the ACC cable network in 3 years ... and I'm glad to see ESPN will preview tbe cable network with a digital version this year. So the cable network will be a polished product at launch.

Mod is focused on the real news ... the 10 year extension to both the ESPN TV contract & ACC Assignment of TV rights.

The fact that these were all negotiated together means more than just 20 years of conference stability ... which is a good thing.

The real reason giving ESPN more years of the TV deal, was to secure rights to broadcast live games on the new ACC cable network. Remember, ESPN owned all of our TV game rights until 2027, which left the ACC cable network w/o any quality content to attract subscribers. The ACC network would flop if limited to showing only olympic non-revenue games & weekly fan-based interviews with coaches.

Now it seems the ACC Network has real content to offer, much like the NFL cable network (which airs a key game each week) ... that's what's needed to force cable companies to package the ACC cable network into the basic tier of cable programming.

The fact that ESPN is launching the ACC network, ensures that we'll get first-class marketing, production, broadcasting, management ... and have increased leverage when negotiating with cable providers. So I think it's a smart move deepen our relationship with ESPN.