While it was widely reported Monday that the ACC had reached a new TV deal with ESPN, many of the details of that deal (aside from the money part of the equation) were left somewhat up in the air. As more details of the deal begin to come out during the next few days and once there is an official announcement from the ACC or ESPN, many of those gray areas will become much more black and white.
Jim Young of the ACC Sports Journal took the time Monday to talk about the potential for an ACC Network. This is a good read and helps clarify some of those details which will have a major impact on how ACC fans watch their favorite sports in the future.
One particularly interesting aspect to the ACC’s new television deal is the name of the league’s new regional syndication package with Raycom.
According to a source familar with the deal, it will be called the ACC Network.
Don’t jump to the conclusion, though, that the ACC is following in the footsteps of the Big Ten here. Rather, given that ESPN is the main partner and that the “network” is part of a regional syndication package, a closer model is likely the SEC network. In other words, this move by the ACC is about branding.
There have been some discussions about the possibility of revenue-sharing between the ACC and Raycom should the distribution of the ACC Network increase during the life of the 12-year deal, but no decisions have been made on that front. Right now, the ACC Network would have about 27 million possible viewers.