ACC Network May Stall over Rights Issues

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ACC Network May Stall over Rights Issues
USA TODAY Sports

Don't expect an ACC-branded TV channel to be launched any time soon. The biggest problem so far is a rights issue. ESPN needs to control the conference's syndicated rights to launch a channel. But those rights are tied up until 2027 through deals with Raycom and Fox Sports Net. “There's no way an ACC network co-exists with a syndicated model,” said Chris Bevilacqua, a media consultant who worked with the Pac-12 to form a league network. “They're going to have to get those rights back.”

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