ESPN is in a battle with Northeast cable companies about surcharges and college networks. The ACC Network deal has mandated payouts to the partner schools. Maybe the production cost cutting is an offset to whatever new, less lucrative deals they may have to cut with cable companies.
I don't really care where the production originates or what sort of deal ESPN cuts with the cable and satellite companies. I only have three questions. Will I be able to get the ACC Network when it launches? Will the production quality be decent? And will the network finally provide the long-term stability the conference needs? I know the ACC had to make this deal and picking ESPN as a partner was the best option, but it all feels too little, too late. Hopefully I am wrong and the network become a great source of content and revenue for BC and the other schools.