ACC Network officially announced, coming in 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The ACC Network is officially on its way.
The league formally announced the creation of a new network with ESPN on Thursday during the ACC Kickoff at the Westin hotel. The ACC's network is scheduled to launch in 2019, and the deal runs through 2035-36. An extra, digital component - ACC Network Extra - will begin this fall.
As part of the announcement, the ACC will expand to 20 conference basketball games.
The main network will broadcast 450 live events a year, including 40 football games and more than 150 men's/women's basketball games, commissioner John Swofford said during his announcement.
Swofford said the new ESPN deals "competitively position the Atlantic Coast Conference for the long term."
The announcement, which leaked earlier this week, has other ramifications, too. The impending launch of a network was one factor that triggered the Big 12's decision to pursue expansion.
Perhaps the biggest note: All 15 teams (including sorta member Notre Dame) signed a grant-of-rights agreement that runs through the duration of ESPN's deal, Swofford said. That almost certainly ensures that the ACC's teams won't be poached by other leagues.