The ACC has a contract with ABC/ESPN for all of its football television rights. This contract begins with the 2011-12 athletic year and ends with the 2036-37 athletic year.
Raycom is the syndication partner of the ACC and they sublicense their content from ESPN. Raycom will manage both over-the-air and regional cable syndication packages. The regional cable package appears to have been sublicensed from Raycom to FOX Sports Media Group for airing on some FSN affiliates, NESN and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Raycom's package of over-the air games are branded as the ACC Network. The ACC Network over-the-air telecasts will kickoff at 12:30pm ET, a change from prior seasons. ESPN is also able to sublicenese games to other national carriers.
It does not appear that there are any limits/minimums in terms of number of games over a season for the ACC with their national TV contracts. The ACC is guaranteed a game on Labor Day by ESPN.
The ACC has its own digital platform called ACC Network Plus. The platform will carry all Raycom Sports games outside of the ACC's footprint along with games previously aired exclusively on ESPN3. This platform will precede a linear television channel which is expected to be available to television providers starting with the 2019-20 athletic year. At that time, all games sublicensed to Raycom, including regional cable games passed through to FOX Sports, will revert back to ESPN's control.
To cover the additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the conference, the ACC signed an extension with ESPN for more money per school, adding years to the deal that started with the 2011-12 athletic year. Items relevant to football include that the ACC will have up to three Friday night football games per season, one of those three to be played on Black Friday in the afternoon or evening. Specifically, Boston College and Syracuse will each host one Friday night game per year.
|West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
(at Landover, MD)
|Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee
(at Atlanta, GA)
|Louisville at NC State|
|Georgia Tech at Miami (FL)|
|North Carolina at Pittsburgh|
(at Charlotte, NC)