Deal will bring more men's basketball to network
ESPN has pacted with the Atlantic Coast Conference on a 12-year deal that will cover about 4,800 events through 2023.Financial terms of the deal have not been released, but figures circulating are in the $1.8 billion range. Each university will now receive substantially more television revenue than before. Cabler has been associated with the ACC since ESPN was formed in 1979. New deal will offer exclusive rights to football and the highly competitive men’s basketball action — including 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 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.