ACC Football Daily Links — ACC Network’s Progress Could Stall Over Broadcast Rights Issues

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Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ACC Network May Stall Over Rights Issues (Sports Business Journal)

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…

ACC Considers Permanent Late-Season Rivals for All Teams (BC Interruption)

According to’s Jeremy Fowler, the ACC is considering creating permanent rivalry games for all of its football teams on the last weekend of the regular season starting in 2014. What a cool idea. It’s amazing that no one has ever thought of this before. Six programs currently have long-standing rivalry games played on the final weekend of the regular season…

Winning the Future (Tomahawk Nation)

Last week, ACC athletic directors, coaches and Commissioner John Swofford gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Amelia Island for the league’s annual spring meetings, where they discussed a range of topics. Last year’s drama is no more. A grant-of-rights agreement passed last month has fortified the league. Stability has replaced volatility. Along with stability has come a dramatic change in how the ACC is perceived…

Clemson-Pittsburgh Unlikely “Rivals” in New ACC Football Landscape (Orange and White)

Perhaps more so than any school involved in ACC shuffling and expansion, Pittsburgh arrives in the ACC with few, if any, longstanding football rivalries. The ACC has positioned the Panthers as advantageously as possible, adding them to the Coastal Division roster, where they’ll play former Big East opponents Virginia Tech and Miami each season…

Duke’s Football Recruiting Ploy is Telling Kids They Can Be Just Like Eli Manning (USA Today)

Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe really wants Millard West (Neb.) defensive end Harrison Phillips, a three-star recruit according to, to come to Durham. In an effort to entice Phillips to commit, Cutcliffe is promising that he can grow up to be just like one of his former players, current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, and also drive Aston Martins and ride in helicopters (bottom right)…

Brandon Mitchell Transfers to NC State (SB Nation)

Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell announced Monday that he will enroll at N.C. State, according to Joe Schad. As a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play in 2013 and he has one year of eligibility remaining. Mitchell found himself stuck behind Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson on the depth chart during his three seasons with the Razorbacks. After losing Arkansas’ quarterback competition this spring, he decided to move on…

Syracuse Football: Greatest Orange QB; Or, Who the Hell Cares? (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

It’s my fault. I’m the one that threw in the following line for a column last week: When the best quarterback in program history, a player who will have jersey retired this fall, someone who led the program to its last great heights, says THAT, there’s something wrong here. The BEST quarterback in program history. A bold statement inconspicuously thrown into a reference about Donovan McNabb…

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3 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — ACC Network’s Progress Could Stall Over Broadcast Rights Issues

  1. All this means is that the ACC must buy-back their rights from Fox Sports and Raycom. This would mean that the media rights in question are the Tier 3 rights yes? If so, start saving money now ACC HQ and also win that pesky lawsuit against UMD and apply that money into an account earmarked for Tier 3 Rights buyback program.

    No worries ACC fans and you just knew “The Dude of WV” would get into the act and leap onto this news. I swear, if that guy would actually just improve his reading comprehension, he would see that this is a non-issue. Swofford has long said that the ACC Network will not happen this year. Why? Because we need time to amass the capital needed to buy back the rights. Also, someone please inform the idjit that the AD of Clemson is part of the ACC Network subcommittee. Would Clemson really have signed the GoR if they knew that the ACC Network was a bust from the get go? Geez. The Dude of WV has an obsession with the Downfall of the ACC and seems to filter all news with that filter on at all times.

    • People are acting a bit ridiculous about all this, admittedly. As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, It’s as if media just has a bank of ACC haters waiting in the wings at all times. There’s little difference in our issues, versus what other leagues have dealt with. They’ll be able to get those rights back if they want them, though it may take a bit more capital than one would’ve hoped.

      • The worst thing to me is that the media perception that the ACC is a giant failure is based almost entirely on BCS bowl performance. I don’t know of any other sport where the perception of a team or league’s strength is based on a meaningless made for TV (and tax fraud, but don’t get me started on that part) exhibition game played six weeks after the season. If you count games that actually matter, the ACC isn’t substantially different from the B1G, Pac-12, or Big 12.

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