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ESPN gets exclusive ACC rights

Cable network deals with college Conference in $1.8 billion deal

ESPN has pacted with the Atlantic Coast Conference on a 12-year deal that will cover approximately 4,800 events through 2023.

No financial terms of the deal have been released, but the figures circulating range around $1.8 billion. Each university will now receive substantially more television revenue than ever before.

Cabler has been associated with the ACC since ESPN was formed in 1979. New deal will offer exclusive rights to both football and the highly competitive men’s basketball action — including current national champions the Duke Blue Devils — on all ESPN platforms.

More men’s basketball games will be seen on the net than in previous years, including national telecasts of matchups that were occasionally blacked out in certain markets.

In a sublicensing agreement, the ACC will continue its long association with Raycom Sports for over-the-air and regional cable network distribution in the conference’s marketplace, as well as for syndication properties.

ESPN will air regular-season college football games on Saturdays and Thursdays, as well as the conference championship game. Women’s basketball and 22 less high-profile sports are also included under the new contract.

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