Finally, ACC TV Network plans to launch in 2019

ACC-logoSix years of negotiations are about to make Atlantic Coast Conference schools and fans happy as the ACC soon will become the fourth of the five power conferences to have its own network.

ESPN is reporting that the ACC and ESPN have agreed to a 20-year deal that includes the long-anticipated ACC cable channel and rights extension through the 2035-36 academic year.

Details of the new ACC network are expected to be revealed Thursday during the conference’s football kickoff event in Charlotte.

The ACC will join the Big Ten, SEC and Pacific 12 when its network launches, which is expected in 2019.

Extending the grant of rights locks schools in ACC membership and pretty much assures the conference any other conference realignment will not affect the ACC.

ACC commissioner John Swofford is being credited with being the driving force behind the creation of the network.

With the recent additions of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, the ACC is made of 15 schools and geographically covers nearly half the U.S. population.

The ACC is expected to split profits 50-50 with ESPN.

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