ESPN and the ACC have reached a 12-year agreement that begins in 2011-12 and continues through 2022-23 it was announced today by George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports, and John Swofford, ACC Commissioner.
The deal includes exclusive rights to every conference-controlled football and men’s basketball game, plus women’s basketball and Olympic sports matchups and conference championships.
“This agreement allows our schools to reach significantly new financial heights while also showcasing more ACC content and coverage than ever before across traditional and new media platforms,” Swofford said in a news statement.
The new deal can only mean good things ahead for the ACC, which is based in Greensboro. By partnering exclusively with ESPN, the ACC will have the opportunity to showcase all schools in the conference nationwide.
Not only will revenues for the ACC increase due to the partnership, it will also expose a variety of athletic programs to potential recruits across the country.
Raycom Sports will also continue their affiliation with the ACC through the deal as the syndication home of the ACC.
According to the ACC press release, highlights of the new deal include:
* Football on national TV: Regular-season action on Saturday afternoon and nights, primetime Thursdays, Labor Day Monday and the ACC Football Championship Game;
* Men’s basketball on national TV: The most games ever across the ESPN networks, highlighted by both regular-season matchups between Duke and North Carolina. Full national telecasts on all games televised on an ESPN platform; a new weekly Sunday franchise on ESPNU; every regular-season intra-conference game and the entire conference tournament produced and distributed via ESPN and Raycom Sports;
* Women’s basketball: A record number of women’s regular-season games and the addition of the entire conference tournament;
* Olympic Sports: An expanded commitment to the league’s 22-sponsored Olympic sports with regular-season and championship telecasts highlighted by baseball, softball, lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer;
* Syndication: Syndication rights for ACC football, basketball and Olympic sports for over-the-air and regional cable network distribution in ACC markets and beyond in an agreement with Raycom sports and through potential sublicense agreements with other national outlets;
* Digital media: Exclusive ACC football, men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports games as well as simulcasts on ESPN3.com. Live ACC games, including football and basketball on ESPN Mobile TV;
* Additional outlets: ACC action on ESPN International, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes and extensive content rights for ESPN.com.