CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Programming news took center stage on Wednesday morning as some of the ACC Network’s upcoming shows were announced.
Some of the new programming announced at ACC Kickoff includes showing the “Bowden Dynasty,” the 2017 documentary produced by FSU graduate John Corry. There will also be a behind-the-scenes program on Louisville football as well as a previously-announced series that details Clemson’s preseason camp.
The ACC Network will also feature a whiparound, one-hour football pregame show on Saturdays. The plan is to preview all of the ACC’s teams on gameday.
“We’re going to give you a view into the programs and people like never before,” said Rosalyn Durant, ESPN’s senior VP of college networks.
Among the announcing teams for football games on the ACC Network will be David O’Brien (play-by-play) and former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (analyst). Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich and former Georgia Tech receiver Roddy Jones will also be analysts on ACC Network broadcasts.
The ACC Network had previously announced that former FSU quarterback EJ Manuel as well as longtime FSU assistant, Georgia coach and Miami coach Mark Richt will be studio analysts. Manuel and Richt will be part of a show called “The Huddle,” which will air on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Commissioner John Swofford didn’t drop any big news on distribution deals for the new ACC Network, which has yet to reach an agreement with the likes of large cable providers like Comcast and Charter/Spectrum.
Swofford said that the ACC Network would provide a “national platform” for the league when it launches on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The new channel will indeed be airing nationally on DirecTV as well as streaming services like Hulu Live and PlayStationVue although millions of fans are examining their options to figure out how to watch their favorite teams.
He encouraged fans to contact their cable providers and demand that the ACC Network will be carried for the 2019-20 athletics season.
“A lot of those deals happen at the midnight hour,” Swofford. “I think our fan bases will respond very, very negatively if they are not able to get this (ACC Network). Their voices need to be heard.”
Swofford went on to say that “we obviously want to meet our distribution goals … we plan on this to be a three-year progression.”
Previous conference-affiliated networks have had mixed results with cable and satellite providers as they launched channels. The Big Ten Network had a prolonged battle with Comcast, which left many viewers in the dark. The SEC Network was able to reach a large number of carriage deals with cable providers just weeks before its channel launched in Aug. 2014.
The commissioner also detailed the recent success of the ACC in all sports, praising national championships in 2018-19 in sports like football (Clemson), men’s basketball (Virginia), women’s soccer (Florida State) and women’s golf (Duke).