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ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) have announced an extension to their exclusive agreement through 2026-27 which will now feature several new elements designed to bring added value to ESPN and ACC fans, including more title sponsorship rights, more men’s regular-season and conference tournament basketball games, more conference football games, and dozens more Olympic sports competitions. The deal will provide premier content to numerous ESPN multimedia platforms, including ESPN, ESPN on ABC, ESPN2, WatchESPN.com, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line, ESPN International, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic and ESPN.com.
The conference’s planned increase to an 18-game conference men’s basketball schedule and the additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse will bring an increase of 30 conference men’s basketball games per year and two more conference tournament games. In football, 14 more conference-controlled games will be televised each year. Per the extension, ESPN has the right to televise three Friday ACC football contests annually which will include a standing commitment from Boston College and Syracuse to each host one game as well as an afternoon or evening game on Thanksgiving Friday. Also, more women’s basketball and dozens more Olympic sports competitions will be covered on ESPN platforms representing the conference’s 25, soon to be 26, sponsored sports.
Sponsorship and Enhancements
For the first time, ESPN has acquired title sponsorship rights, subject to conference approval, beyond football to all other conference championships including the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, televised in its entirety on ESPN networks and its syndication partner Raycom, has never been sponsored in its 59-year history.
John Skipper, president, ESPN and co-chair, Disney Media Networks, said, “This expansion and extension of our exclusive agreement brings tremendous value to our company and to ACC fans everywhere. We look forward to showcasing this premier conference across all platforms through 2027.”
“We are excited to have further enhanced our partnership with ESPN through the extension of our multimedia contract,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We are proud that ESPN has invested so deeply in the ACC both from a resource and exposure standpoint. As we look to the future, this relationship will be tremendous for our schools, fans, coaches and student-athletes.”
ACC on ESPN
ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled football and men’s basketball game, plus women’s basketball and Olympic sports matchups, and all ACC championship events. ACC content is distributed on the widest array of multi-media platforms in the sports industry. ACC on ESPN highlights:
· Football on national TV: Extensive regular-season action on Saturday afternoon and nights, primetime Thursdays, three Fridays including Thanksgiving Friday, Labor Day Monday and the ACC Football Championship Game;
· Men’s basketball on national TV: The most comprehensive coverage of regular-season games and the entire conference tournament produced and distributed via ESPN; regular-season matchups of the storied Duke-North Carolina rivalry each year; full national telecasts on all games televised on an ESPN platform; a weekly ACC Sunday Night Basketball franchise on ESPNU;
· Women’s basketball: Numerous women’s regular-season basketball games and the entire conference tournament;
· Olympic sports: An extensive commitment to the league’s soon to be 23-sponsored Olympic sports with regular-season and championship telecasts, highlighted by baseball, softball, lacrosse, and men’s and women’s soccer;
· Digital media: Exclusive ACC football, men’s and women’s basketball, and Olympic sports games as well as simulcasts on ESPN3. Live ACC games, including football and basketball, on ESPN Mobile TV;
· ESPN 3D: Select live ACC action on ESPN 3D;
· Additional outlets: Select ACC action on ESPN International, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes; and extensive content rights for ESPN.com.
The ACC is a joke!
No offense, but what are the financials in all this? We have to keep up with the elites and it is important for the ACC to match the other conferences. If not then all the fluff in the world can be added, but with out the financials it is useless.
18million a year. Big 12 can offer us more.
Plenty of room for you guys over here in the Big 12. We have cold beer, friendly people, good food and beautiful women. And a ton more money...
"exclusive agreement through 2026-27 "
I have very grave reservations about this.
Is it 18 I just saw it tweeted 17 mill?
Friday night football games...? What are we the MAC now?
"England expects that every man will do his duty."
- Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, Royal Navy
Hopefully this is the nail in the coffin.
This 17million is for Tier 1,2 and 3. This is a joke of a conference and deal. We need to leave and join the Big 12.
17 million for all three tiers.
Come on over to the Big 12 where we actually care about football and making money!
If Florida State University wants to remain one of the name brand programs in college football going forward, then remaining in the ACC is simply no longer an option. The TV payout per year is completely unacceptable NOW, in 2012.....and the league is locked into it for the NEXT 15 YEARS.
It is no longer a question of whether to leave...we must, if we want to remain relevant. If the Big XII is an option, we must take it. You simply cannot walk away from an extra $80-$120 million (maybe more) over 15 years and expect to compete with SEC, Big 10, Pac 12, Big 12 programs.
$17 million is even with the sec's pre tamu/mizzou deal. However, uf is bringing in an additional $10 million through cbs, sunsports etc. One bright spot is that this deal is worth $4 million more than last years.
The biggest f-up in the contract deals with 3rd tier rights. With that not tied to espn, we might be making near what uf is on tv.
Now that this is out, is FSU and Clemson more likely to leave?
I would love to have you guys in the Big 12. I could not help but notice the bias towards basketball in that article which is ridiculous.
"Men’s basketball on national TV: The most comprehensive coverage of regular-season games and the entire conference tournament produced and distributed via ESPN; regular-season matchups of the storied Duke-North Carolina rivalry each year; full national telecasts on all games televised on an ESPN platform; a weekly ACC Sunday Night Basketball franchise on ESPNU; "
Duke and UNC get specific name recognition in the article when FSU, Clemson and VT bring the $$$ to the conference???
My brother in law went to FSU in 1991-1994/1995 so I have been hearing his frustration night and day for the past five years.
I have to admit, living in Louisiana now, FSU going to the Big 12 would be partly for selfish reasons(would love to go to an FSU game in Dallas, maybe even Austin with some family). But, that conference actually cares and recognizes that football is the money maker, and the Oklahoma fans last year were cool to hang and drink with. Here's to hoping......
I think this deal is the nail in the coffin.
Actually, the ACC office takes a cut as if it were a school. So, it's actually $16 million per school.
Wow! I was all about taking a wait and see approach.. and well, now we see. Let's GTFO!!!!
This is totally unacceptable.
Forgive me for asking, but what are these "tiers" you speak of?
1st tier rights get the first pick of Football and Basketball games--national/ high viewership games.
2nd tier the Second pick--regional ish type games
3rd tier the leftovers plus other sports like Baseball and Olympic sports. etc.
Where as most other conferences allow their schools to make separate deals for the tier 3.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Ocalanole 23 months ago
The new Big 12 TV deal has not been signed or made public but has been reported as $20m per school. Take that $20m and add a few million for additional "quality" teams, a few million for a conference championship game and a few million for Tier 3 rights.
FSU has to ask itself if it can pass up the $10-15m a year raise that the Big 12 would offer. Don't forget that figure does not even include the additional money to be had from the new BCS which is still up in the air but does not figure to be kind to the ACC.
Unless you get a miracle from ND or the BCS, please fax your application to the attention of Bob Bowlsby.
BIG 12 VS ACC
Big 12- 25-30 million tv= Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier 3="radio and other stuff"=6.5million total
ACC-18M million Tier 3-6.5
Big 12 total=30-34million when you include tier 3
Difference= About 7-8million on the low end.
This why we need to leave.
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