Category Archives: ACC Football

Is the ACC Network as valuable as the SEC Network?

Let’s just say ESPN will start finding out real soon.

ACC Network’s first test comes next summer when ESPN starts negotiating a new affiliate deal with Altice, a negotiation that promises to be a tough sell since the cable operator has systems near New York City, which is a long way from ACC member Syracuse and not really part of the conference’s footprint. One of the few cable operators that does not carry SEC Network, Altice has been public about its desire to cut costs.

ESPN could cut individual ACC Network deals, but most programmers and distributors like to wait until their big affiliate deals expire — and ESPN’s biggest ones aren’t up until several years after ACC Network’s planned 2019 launch. ESPN’s affiliate deals with Comcast and Charter expire in 2021; ESPN’s Dish Network deal runs until 2022.

Sources expect ESPN to price the ACC Network similar to SEC Network, which at launch was around $1.30 per subscriber per month in-market and around 25 cents per subscriber per month out-of-market.

Ourand thinks the problem for the network is that the sports programming market has changed in the last couple of years since the SEC signed its deal.  Perhaps the more relevant issue is whether the product itself is as attractive to its potential viewing audience.

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The ACC gets its network.

A deal is struck.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN have agreed to a 20-year deal and rights extension through the 2035-36 academic year, sources said.

The ACC also extended its conference grant of rights deal nine years through 2035-36, a source said.

The conference’s grant of rights makes it untenable financially for a school to leave, guaranteeing in the 20 years of the deal that a school’s media rights, including revenue, for all home games would remain with the ACC regardless of the school’s affiliation.

The ACC’s new grant of rights also automatically extends Notre Dame’s contract with the conference as a member in all sports but football through 2035-36, a source said. If the Irish forgo football independence in the next 20 years, they are contracted to join the ACC.

Prevent conference members from leaving for two decades and lock in Notre Dame?  Not too shabby, John Swofford.  The only way the ACC is going to suffer any of its member schools being poached in the near future is if the entire conference blows up.  Hell, ask the Big 12 if they wouldn’t like that kind of stability.  The extra TV money is almost a bonus.

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Run the damned ball, Chaney.

Read this preview of North Carolina’s defense and realize that if Georgia can’t run the ball well against the Heels, it’s probably going to be a longer year than we expect.

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Mark Richt lost control before he even had control.

Welcome to the U, Coach.

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Jeremy Pruitt approves this message.

Mark Richt is certainly putting his money where his mouth is.

Ironic question:  is he using his Georgia buyout money for that?

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Turnover margin

How about this as the quirk of the 2016 football season?  North Carolina will face seven opponents with new coaching staffs.

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Tuesday morning buffet

Once again, it’s time to rise and shine, campers.

  • This presser sounds like it’s gonna be a real blast.
  • Jordan Jenkins on 6-6, 346 OL Sam Madden“The kid’s a walking refrigerator.”
  • Parrish Walton on the Jim Chaney hire:  It’s the third-down conversions, stupid.
  • Here’s a pretty cool story on how the construction of Harvard Stadium changed the rules of football.
  • Jim Harbaugh really doesn’t give a shit about what people think.
  • Aaron Murray’s advice to Jacob Eason “My biggest thing is don’t read anything. Don’t pick up the paper. Don’t read the good stuff and don’t read the bad stuff. Just stay away from it all. Things are going to go bad at times, things are going be great at times. So you don’t want to be too full of yourself and you don’t want to get too down on yourself by reading this article or this post on this website from this fan..”  C’mon, man.  How’s he supposed to learn about G-Day QBR?
  • When it comes to indoor practice facilities, Mark Richt finds himself on familiar ground.
  • Speaking of Richt, Greg Poole has a piece on a way in which Kirby Smart’s recruiting approach differs from his predecessor’s.
  • Brian Cook has a nice catch about a fall break trip that Vanderbilt’s baseball team took that didn’t raise a single eyebrow about taking away from kids’ free time.  Funny how that works.

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