ACC: Fox Bidding for Television Rights

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IDecember 7, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 28:  Coach Paul Johnson of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets holds the championship trophy aloft after play against the Clemson Tigers in the 2009 ACC Football Championship Game December 5, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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In an interesting bit of news, it appears that Fox Sports are in negotiations to bid for the rights to air ACC basketball and football games.

This comes on the heels of several other major shakeups coming to the televised rights of college football beginning in 2010.

If Fox is successful with their bid, it would make them the exclusive provider of ACC sports.

The goal of the deal is to allow the ACC to air in prime time and on a national scale.

Beginning in 2010, the SEC is moving exclusively to ESPN, since the Big 10 now has their own network.

Another major shift in college football television rights comes as a result of the NBC Universal/Comcast merger that could see Notre Dame losing their deal with NBC.

There is no doubt that gaining the rights to basketball and football would put Fox Sports at the forefront of college sports coverage.

For the ACC, this is a huge deal that could vault the conference back into the national spotlight.

The struggles of ACC football are widely known, but it is still the home to some of the best basketball in the country.

Having national exposure and the ability to reach every home in the country could help revive this struggling football conference.


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