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ESPN snags 12 year ACC exclusive


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#1 ONLINE   Nick

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:00 AM

According to today's SkyReport, ESPN has reached an agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) giving the sports programming giant exclusive rights to every conference-controlled football and men’s basketball game, plus women’s basketball and Olympic sports matchups, and conference championships for 12 years stretching from 2011-12 through 2022-23.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:15 AM

They made a similar agreement with the SEC last year.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 06:36 AM

Maybe they're trying to justify their very high carriage rates by putting content on now besides the Lebron Lovefest 2010. :D

College sports has a strong following in many parts of the country, so this is likely a good investment on their part.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 07:32 AM

This is at least the third conference they have a long term agreement with. The SEC,ACC and I think the Big East. I wonder if they will add another channel so they can get all these games on the air? ESPN4?

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:35 AM

And finally, it looks like they will eliminate the Raycom blackouts!!! For those not in ACC country, Raycom Sports has been a longtime partmern with the ACC, but they do not have the resources or at least the commitment that ESPN does in the technology area. THey were years late getting Stereo broadcasts, their graphics have always been way behind, their annonce crews were always different and then they only started doing full time HD last year! Many times ESPN would broadcast a game in HD that was alse Raycom and we would get blackout out of HD and have to see the crappy Raycom feed.


DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 01:49 PM

Yeah, except now that Raycom has gone HD... it means we wll only be getting 720p from ESPN instead of the 1080i we were getting from Raycom via WRAL.

Although, I suppose those other games that were on 5.2 in SD might be on ESPNU or ESPN2 in HD or something.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:20 AM

ESPN does have a deal with SEC, but not an exclusive one(thank god). They will still air games on CBS.
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 07:50 AM

Yeah, except now that Raycom has gone HD... it means we wll only be getting 720p from ESPN instead of the 1080i we were getting from Raycom via WRAL.

Although, I suppose those other games that were on 5.2 in SD might be on ESPNU or ESPN2 in HD or something.


I was never able to compare the games to see if the quality was better, so who knows. Is it for sure that Raycom broadcasts in 1080i?

Also, I think they will still be carried on Raycom, from what I am reading, so hopefully we will have the best of both worlds, a choice!


DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 01:53 PM

I was never able to compare the games to see if the quality was better, so who knows. Is it for sure that Raycom broadcasts in 1080i?

Also, I think they will still be carried on Raycom, from what I am reading, so hopefully we will have the best of both worlds, a choice!


There is a guy on AVSForum who works with the Raycom folks (one of the audio guys) and I'm pretty sure I remember it being confirmed that they were doing 1080i. In fact, that was part of the reason why some affiliates weren't able to immediately start accepting the Raycom HD broadcasts if they were 720p stations, unlike we have in WRAL.

Hopefully we will have a choice. Like I said, it's a mixed feeling for me. I like the Raycom broadcasts now that they are in HD.. but whenever there are multiple games on at the same time, maybe now one of the ESPN channels will carry that.

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