Remember all those folks who predicted doom and gloom for the upcoming ACC Network, particularly in the midst of all those layoffs at ESPN? According to John Ourand and Michael Smith from “Sports Business Daily“, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The article’s title says it all.
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
“The ACC Network is off and running with its first distribution deals.
The ESPN-owned conference channel recently secured its first carriage agreements with digital video providers, guaranteeing that the channel will be available to consumers when it launches in August 2019. The deals mark an important first step that comes as critics question the network’s viability in such a volatile media marketplace. ESPN would not identify the providers who agreed to a deal, saying it is with providers whose carriage deals run beyond 2019…
Magnus said negotiations have been helped by the ACC’s on-field successes, which include the two most recent national championships in football (Clemson) and college basketball (North Carolina).”
Well there you have it.
Look, I’m not saying the ACC Network is going to make the SEC and Big Ten jealous. They are WAAAAY ahead in the game as far as networks go.
However, the ACC Network will make the ACC’s members verrrrrry comfortable financially. There’s nothing wrong with being #3 if you are far in front of #s 4 and 5 in the “Power Five” conference money standings.
Oh, and one more thing: how ya like us now, Maryland!