ACC Network Expands National Reach of Football Schedule
The ACC Network package of Atlantic Coast Conference football games syndicated by Raycom Sports will be available to nearly 80% of the United States this fall, covering over 90 million TV Households. This includes all Top Ten TV markets in the U.S., and 21 of the Top 25. Only ESPN and ESPN2 reach more households, among all sports networks.
Specifically, 90,822,490 U.S. households, representing 78.4% of the U.S., will receive the ACC Network.
Traditionally, ACC syndicated football and basketball games have only been available on television stations within the ACC geographic footprint. However, since fall of 2011, the games have also been made available to stations throughout the nation.
Since the ACC Network began syndicating beyond the ACC footprint, the household coverage of the ACC Network has grown from 27 million to 90 million, an increase of 230%.
“Our goal is to continue delivering ACC content to as many fans as possible,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We are proud of our partnership with ESPN, Raycom and the Fox regional networks. It’s these relationships that allow us to maximize the exposure for our schools and conference.”
“The ACC is one of the most prestigious conferences in the country, with a fervent fan base nationwide,” said Ken Haines, president & CEO of Raycom Sports. “This broad exposure for ACC football and basketball games provides the ACC with the most over-the-air broadcast coverage of any conference in the nation. With our longtime partner ESPN, we are proud to continue to expand the over-the-air television presence of the ACC throughout the nation.”
Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027.
In a partnership with ESPN and the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.
Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.