There wasn’t a ton of warning, but the ACC called a press conference on Friday to make several announcements around the ACC Network and its August launch. Earlier this week, we heard that DirecTV was on board as a carrier — a huge coup. Today, we learned about some of the programming we’ll see.
Headlining that stream of information is the fact that the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team will host the Virginia Cavaliers at the Carrier Dome on November 6. It’s part of a four-game event to start the season on the ACC Network. Georgia Tech vs. NC State and Louisville vs. Miami will start things off on November 5. SU’s game against Virginia will be joined by Notre Dame vs. North Carolina on the 6th.
A number of documentaries will also be airing on the network about the various teams and moments that have defined the league over the years. Coach K is the subject of one, and the ACC Tournament will be part of another. We’d assume there are several Syracuse docs in the works, including one focused on Boeheim in some capacity.
Along with all of that, Wes Durham and Mark Packer will also host a daily morning show on ACC Network (from Packer’s basement, apparently) to talk about all of the news around the conference. It’s a good start to the sort of initiatives we’d mentioned with regard to unique programming and taking advantage of the plethora of media personalities around the league. The less overflow and the better, really. Hopefully “Diners, Drive-Ins & ‘Heims” is next on the list.
Plenty more to come for ACC Network announcements, we’re sure. The basketball opener against UVA should be a big one, though, in terms of attendance (especially if ACCN doesn’t get to every carrier in Central New York before the season starts).