Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford and ESPN President John Skipper formally announced today the formation of the ACC Network in Charlotte, North Carolina. The ACC Network will begin a 20-year partnership with the ACC and ESPN through 2036.
According to the press release issued by ESPN, fans can access more than 600 exclusive live events from across the conference with ‘ACC Network Extra’, immediately available to people with access to ESPN3 via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
“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,” said John Skipper, ESPN President.
With the creation of the ACC Network, the Men’s Basketball conference schedule will expand to 20 games in 2020.
“On behalf of the ACC Council of Presidents, Faculty Athletics Representatives and our ACC Television Committee, we are tremendously pleased to further enhance our long-term partnership with ESPN that includes the creation of the ACC Network and ACC Network Extra, and positions the conference for the long-term future,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “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.”
For some historical perspective: April 22, 2013, the ACC announced their Grant of Rights deal protecting their member schools from conference realignment and abolishing the $50 million exit fee. 1,186 days later, there is a formation of a television, powered by all 15 schools and ESPN. With the formation of the ACC Network, the Grant of Rights deal has been extended from 2029 through 2036.