ESPN to launch ACC Network
07/21/2016 10:27 AM
ESPN announced Thursday that launching of the ACC Network, which will begin with digital broadcasts of over 600 live events this year, and will lead to the launch of a television network in 2019.
The deal is a 20-year partnership between the conference and ESPN and includes an extension of the current broadcast rights deal through 2036. In addition, the conference is expected to expand it’s league basketball schedule to 20 conference games per season, all of which will air on the ACC Network. That expanded schedule will begin in 2019.
In a press release, ESPN president John Skipper said, ““We look forward to working with our longtime partners at the ACC to create a network that reflects the depth and quality of its athletes and teams, and serves the fans who passionately support them. We are proud and excited to add the ACC Network to our industry-leading college content offerings.”
ACC president John Swofford added, “This partnership continues to be a win-win for ESPN and the ACC. ESPN is the premier provider in sports content and this agreement will deliver unprecedented coverage to our fans, while highlighting our quality student-athletes, coaches and institutions.”
University of Louisville’s Director of Athletics, Tom Jurich, praised the hard work that went into the venture. Jurich says the network is an appropriate next step for Cardinal Athletics.
“This is a terrific next step in the branding of the ACC and Cardinal Athletics. We look forward to working with the ACC and our television partner to develop exciting ACC programming for fans everywhere.”
More details regarding the ACC Network will be released in the coming months, per ESPN.