ACC Commissioner John Swofford and ESPN President John Skipper confirmed that the ACC Network will launch in 2019 as the two kicked off the start of ACC Media Days at a press conference Thursday morning.
The ACC and ESPN also announced that the conference’s existing rights agreement has been extended to 2036.
In addition, beginning in August, the ACC Network Extra channel will be available to users who have access to ESPN3. The number of live events being broadcast will start at more than 600 and grow each year.
The linear network will feature 450 exclusive live events including 40 regular-season football games, more than 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, more than 200 other regular-season contests and tournament games, plus news and information shows and original programming.
The ACC also announced that it will move to a 20-game conference basketball schedule beginning in 2019 to coincide with the launch of the ACC Network.
“There’s no question that these new agreements with ESPN competitively position the Atlantic Coast Conference for the long-term, both from a financial perspective and from a programming content,” Swofford said.
Clemson director of athletics Dan Radakovich agrees that the move will benefit the Tigers, as well as the rest of the ACC.
“As we look into the future you’re always looking to increase your resources because our costs continue to move up,” he said. “This will be another one of those resources that will allow us to continue to remain competitive.”
DESERVING OF A RAISE
Clemson baseball coach Monte Lee was rewarded for an impressive first season with a raise and extension that was announced last week.
Lee guided the Tigers to a 44-20 record, ACC tournament title and national seed in his first season at Clemson and received new six-year, $2.75 million deal through the 2022 season.
Radakovich said locking up Lee long-term was a no-brainer.
“Monte had a great year. It was important for us to make sure that after his first year we recognized that and put him into a position where he’s in the range of his peers in the Atlantic Coast Conference,” he said.
Lee’s original contract was for six years and $350,000 per year.