Mark your calendars and call your cable operators, the ACC Network is coming.
The conference and TV partner ESPN announced on Friday ahead of the league’s annual football championship game that the upcoming network will launch on August 22, 2019 and feature as many as 40 football games each season.
“We continue to look ahead to the launch of the ACC Network with great anticipation, and this is another step in the process,” said commissioner John Swofford in a release. “Showcasing all of our outstanding programs remains a top priority, and our partnership with ESPN allows fans to have greater access than ever before. I also commend our schools who have done an outstanding job in their preparations for a successful launch.”
While some details like which cable and satellite systems and packages will carry the channel remain under wraps, the coming push for the ACC Network did reveal which contest will be the first game to be broadcasted on the new venture: a Georgia Tech-Clemson season opening clash on August 29th. That’s a Thursday for those without a calendar handy and will mark the debut for the Yellow Jackets’ new head coach after the retirement of Paul Johnson.
We’re bound to see and hear more about the ACC Network in the coming weeks and months but let’s hope the channel trends much more toward its brethren in the Big Ten Network and SEC Network than the ill-fated Pac-12 Network has in recent years.