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ACC Network would hypothetically clone SEC Network set-up

John Swofford AP

An ACC Network would likely mimic the set-up of the SEC Network according to ACC documents shared by the University of Maryland.

The ACC and Maryland are still in an ongoing legal dispute as the institution prepares to leave for the Big Ten later this season. As part of the legal battle Maryland has turned over documentation from the ACC to support its case. Part of that evidence submitted by Maryland included a market analysis report focusing on the ACC and comparing the conference to other top conferences around the country. The various categories in the analysis included academic standings, geographic footprints and population and football and basketball recruiting. The report also takes a look at television potential for the ACC.

The market analysis report notes there are more potential television households within the expanded ACC footprint with the additions of Louisville and Notre Dame than any other conference, including the Big Ten and SEC and the ACC owns more of the top 30 TV markets in the country than any other conference as well. Each of the major conferences has a similar national television deal, but the ACC is lacking in regional coverage compared to some of the other conferences, but the report suggests if there is interest and incentive to add an ACC Network, then ESPN would be prepared to work with the conference to make it a reality. Furthermore, any deal with ESPN to launch an ACC Network would follow a similar model currently used by the SEC for the SEC Network.

We know the benefits of a successful cable sports network that could be obtained. The Big Ten has seen a great financial benefit from the addition of the Big Ten Network and the future prospects of the SEC Network are expected to be rich. Could an ACC Network see similar results? The structure and support would be there if ESPN was a part of the foundation, but the ACC may be a bit top-heavy when it comes to football and the overall fanbases in the Big Ten and SEC are something the ACC may not be able to compete with from top to bottom.

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8 Responses to “ACC Network would hypothetically clone SEC Network set-up”
  1. guinsrule says: Apr 24, 2014 3:14 PM

    An ACC Network will overlap some of the footprints of the Big Ten and SEC Networks. Interesting to see how they work that-choice of network or give both networks and of course pay for both…Could meet resistance from non-sports fans…

  2. drummerhoff says: Apr 24, 2014 4:03 PM

    I can’t remember the last time I watched an ACC v ACC football game from start to finish.

    The last good game may have been that year Tommy Bowden’s Clemson team upset Bobby’s FSU team… 1999(?). Have I missed anything in the last 15 years?

  3. Hokie Mark says: Apr 24, 2014 4:20 PM

    College football fans tend to be very specific in what they watch. For me, I can’t remember the last game I watched that did NOT involve at least one ACC team…

  4. cubano76 says: Apr 24, 2014 5:01 PM

    Isn’t there some FCC prerequisite about not sucking before you start a network?

  5. classyjacklambert says: Apr 25, 2014 11:40 AM

    @cubano
    Nah the big ten network already set the precedent that a conference can totally suck and still have it’s own network.

  6. deadeye says: Apr 25, 2014 1:36 PM

    The ACC Network will not come to fruition. There are two big problems preventing an SEC style network:

    1) The ACC has the top university (in terms of drawing power) in two states, Virginia and North Carolina. And they have a combined 6 universities in those two states. The following ACC schools are all second fiddle in their own state, FSU, GT, Clemson, UL, and Pitt. Syracuse and BC are located in states where pro sports rule the landscape. Contrast that situation with BIG10 or SEC universities and it’s easy to see why they would have an easier time getting their network up and running.

    2) ESPN already owns all the ACC’s content. If there was demand, or a buck to made by creating the ACCN, they already would have set it up themselves. I know the ACC feels a bit left out right now, but there is no new content for them to sell in the hopes or forming a network. If ESPN doesn’t want one, what course of action does the ACC have? I suppose they could foot the bill to start one up. But I don’t think that’s what they want to do.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Apr 25, 2014 2:15 PM

    ^dumbass post.
    Pro teams don’t rule any of those areas, especially Clemson’s since there isn’t a pro team in South Carolina in any sport.

  8. classyjacklambert says: Apr 25, 2014 2:16 PM

    Oh sorry, Pittsburgh is definitely second fiddle in their market though, I’ll give you that.

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