ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference officially introduced the ACC Network on Thursday. The Network will debut digitally in August 2016 and will debut as an actual cable network in 2019.
Beginning in August 2016, fans can access more than 600 exclusive live events from across the conference via a digital live-events channel ‘ACC Network Extra’, immediately available to users who have access to ESPN3 via WatchESPN and the ESPN app, with that number growing each year. More than 1,300 ACC events will be distributed across the platforms in 2019 when the linear network launches.
So what can we expect in 2019 when the "linear" network launches? Lots and lots of ACC sports. Duh.
The linear network will feature 450 exclusive live events including 40 regular-season football games, more than 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, more than 200 other regular-season contests and tournament games from across the conference’s 27-sponsored sports, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming.
Additional details about the network will be announced in the coming months, per the press release.
During his presser, ACC commissioner John Swofford mentioned former ESPN executive-new Syracuse AD John Wildhack.
"He likes this deal so much," Swofford quipped, "that he decided to join the conference as the new AD at Syracuse."