Emmy Award-Winning Havoline Football Saturdays
 Episode 3 Airs This Weekend

Spotlights Legendary Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer, South Carolina Running Back Marcus Lattimore and Road Trip to Boston for College Football at Fenway

                Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its 13th season this weekend with Episode 3.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the country.

                This week’s show features Tim traveling to Blacksburg, Va. to visit with Virginia Tech’s former head coach Frank Beamer. Look back on the incredible life and career of the future Hall of Famer that started on a farm in the small town of Fancy Gap, Virginia.

Then spend time with former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. He was named National Freshman of the Year after a stellar first season for the Gamecocks. But his career was derailed after suffering two ligament tears in his knee, which forced him to retire after being drafted in the NFL. See how he is making a difference now by coordinating a youth leadership academy through his foundation. 

And Tommy Kane takes fans on a Road Trip to Boston for the Boston College-Notre Dame football game. See how historic Fenway Park is transformed into a college football stadium for the Shamrock Series.

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.FootballSaturdays.com.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027.

In a partnership with ESPN and the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns or operates 62 television stations covering over 14 percent of the United States across 20 states.

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Emmy Award-Winning Havoline Football Saturdays Episode 2 Airs This Weekend

Spotlights Carolina Panther Luke Kuechly, Running Back Legends Thomas Jones from Virginia and Stephen Davis from Auburn, and Tennessee Quarterback Josh Dobbs

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its 13th season this weekend with Episode 2.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show features NFL All-Pro Linebacker Luke Kuechly. When not causing havoc on the field for the Carolina Panthers, the former Boston College standout looks for more peaceful surroundings. Escape to the mountains of North Carolina as Kuechly relaxes on a fishing trip.

Head to Hollywood to catch up with former Virginia All-American running back Thomas Jones. After a stellar college and NFL career, he has begun a new chapter in his life; acting. Hear from Jones as he looks to find success in this challenging new profession.

Spend time with one of Auburn’s all-time greats, running back Stephen Davis. After college, he became an All-Pro in the NFL, including helping the Carolina Panthers to their first Super Bowl appearance. Join Davis in his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C. as he talks about the challenges he overcame to make it to the NFL.

Then head to Knoxville to meet Tennessee senior quarterback Josh Dobbs, who has led the Vols to two straight bowl games and was MVP of the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. Hear how the Aerospace Engineering major is applying physics to the Vols’ passing game.

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.FootballSaturdays.com.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027.

In a partnership with ESPN and the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns or operates 62 television stations covering over 14 percent of the United States across 20 states.

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ACC Network Announces Talent for 2016 Football

Tom Werme and Stan Norfleet Join Team
for 2016 ACC Football Season
     

                Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports today announced the ACC Network broadcast team for the 2016 ACC football season. Veteran announcer Tom Werme will handle play-by-play duties, teaming up with Dave Archer, who begins his seventh season as analyst for ACC telecasts. Roddy Jones begins his second season with the ACC Network team as sideline reporter. In addition, Stan Norfleet will join Katie Witham and Tommy Bowden in the studio for the ACC Blitz powered by Ram Trucks.

Tom Werme begins his first year as the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC Network Football package. The 20-year broadcast veteran has already worked for the ACC Network as host of the ACC Blitz, the ACC Tournament and announcing basketball and football games since 2008. Tom also appears on the ACC Digital Network, ESPN platforms, FOX Sports South and the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play announcer for a variety of sports, including basketball and football. Werme’s experience includes working for TV affiliates in Boston, Providence, Harrisburg (PA) and Springfield (MA), and also for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Dave Archer was part of Raycom’s SEC broadcasts for seven seasons before joining the ACC Network team in 2010. Since 2003 he has also served as a radio analyst for the Atlanta Falcons. An eight-year veteran of the NFL, he played quarterback for the Falcons, Redskins, Chargers and Eagles. He also played 5 years in the CFL and one in the WLAF, where he won a World Bowl championship and was the game MVP. Archer played collegiately at Iowa State and was inducted into the ISU Hall of Fame in 2005.

Roddy Jones begins his second year as sideline reporter. Prior to that, he served as analyst for Georgia Tech football radio broadcasts and working on ACC baseball broadcasts on ESPN3. He entered broadcasting after a distinguished career at Georgia Tech. As a Yellow Jackets Running Back, Jones set career records in Yards Per Attempt and Games Started and finished in the Top-15 in rushing yards. Roddy was also named to the Academic All-ACC team three times while earning both his undergraduate degree and MBA at Tech. He also spent two years as a member of the Georgia Tech Baseball team.

Katie Witham begins her second season as host of the ACC Blitz powered by Ram Trucks. The Emmy and Telly award winning on-air talent has been in broadcasting since 2005, working as an anchor, sideline reporter, analyst and host for FOX Sports South and Fox Sports 1, the Cleveland Indians, Columbus Crew, Fox SportsTime Ohio, Big Ten Network, and MLS.  Katie is a graduate of Capital University, where she was co-captain of the soccer team and won all-conference athletic and academic honors. She also coached collegiate soccer and high school softball.

Tommy Bowden is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, posting a 72-45 record as the head coach for Clemson University in almost ten seasons. The Tigers were bowl eligible every year he coached at Death Valley. Prior to Clemson, Tommy led Tulane University to an 18-4 record over two seasons and earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors. His 1998 Tulane squad went 12–0 and achieved a Top-10 final ranking in both polls. Bowden is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he played wide receiver.

Stan Norfleet joins Katie and Tommy on the ACC Blitz for his first full season after guest appearances last year. He was a lettermen linebacker at the University of Virginia, earning a Bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies/History, as well as Texas Southern University, where he was a graduate student with a Speech Communications focus. In addition to scouting for the Washington Redskins, Stan spent nearly a decade in business development in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and the University of Kentucky. He was a fixture for UK’s football and men’s basketball coverage in Lexington, before working on-air in Dallas. He returned home to Charlotte in 2014, where he has been an on-air personality for 610AM for two years.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. 

In a partnership with ESPN and the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 62 television stations covering over 14 percent of the United States across 20 states.  

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Bill Lancaster Joins Raycom Sports as Vice President of Sales

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports today announced that Bill Lancaster has been named Vice President of Sales. He joins Raycom from First Coast News/TEGNA Media in Jacksonville, Fla., where he served as Vice President-Station Manager and Director of Sales since 2014. Lancaster will start on June 20th and work from Raycom’s Charlotte headquarters.

“We are very excited to have Bill joining us.” said Hunter Nickell, CEO of Raycom Sports. “His knowledge and experience, along with his ACC roots, put him in great position to lead our veteran sales team.”

Lancaster was with Gannett for over 20 years, starting as account executive at WFMY in Greensboro, N.C. before moving to WUSA in Washington, D.C. He moved back to Greensboro in 1997 as local sales manager and then national sales manager at WFMY before being named vice president of sales in 2011.

Prior to joining Gannett, Lancaster was an account executive for two Mann Media radio stations in High Point, N.C. He began his broadcast career as associate producer for Billy Packer’s College Basketball Show.

Lancaster is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a B.A. in political science.

About Raycom Sports

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom holds the ACC digital and syndicated television rights of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media is an employee-owned company, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned broadcasters, and owns and/or provides services for 62 television stations in 42 markets and 20 states. Raycom Media owns or provides services for stations covering over 14% of U.S. television households and employs over 4,600 individuals in full and part-time positions.

 

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ACC Network Football Broadcast Schedule Announced
for First Three Weekends of Season

Debut of New Head Coach and Defending ACC Champions Highlight Early Schedule

Charlotte, N.C. – The first three games of the ACC Network’s 2016 ACC football season were announced today by Raycom Sports. The season kicks off with the debut of Virginia Tech’s new head coach Justin Fuente, followed by defending ACC Champion Clemson. Georgia Tech takes on Vanderbilt in an ACC-SEC clash in the third week. Coverage starts at noon each Saturday with the ACC Blitz.

ACC Network Football Broadcast Schedule (Through Week 3)

Saturday, Sept. 3
Liberty @ Virginia Tech                               

Saturday, Sept. 10
Troy @ Clemson

Saturday, Sept. 17
Vanderbilt @ Georgia Tech

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom holds the ACC digital and syndicated television rights of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media is an employee-owned company, is one of the nation’s largest privately owned broadcasters and owns and/or provides services for 62 television stations in 42 markets and 20 states. Raycom Media owns or provides services for stations covering over 14% of U.S. television households and employs over 4,600 individuals in full and part-time positions.

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Hunter Nickell Named Chief Executive Officer of Raycom Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hunter Nickell has been named Chief Executive Officer for Raycom Sports, it was announced today. Nickell is an accomplished leader in sports media, digital platforms, event sponsorship and content development. Nickell has been a guiding force throughout his career, including Sports South, FOX Sports, SPEED, IMG College and Mulberry Street Media Company, LLC.

Hunter Nickell“Hunter brings a wealth of experience to Raycom Sports.” said Paul McTear, President and CEO of Raycom Media. McTear continued, “We just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to have a leader with his experience take the helm of our very successful team at Raycom Sports. We look forward to his insights and leadership over the coming years.”

Pat LaPlatney, COO of Raycom Media added, “We have known Hunter for many years. Having worked with him during various partnerships via Raycom Sports. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise not only in sports media but digital platforms, content development and revenue streams.”

Nickell stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity to join an established leader in sports media with Raycom Sports. I look forward to being a part of the team that takes us into the future of sports broadcasting, sports on digital and content development.”

While at IMG College, Nickell and his team oversaw partnership management in multimedia, digital platforms, licensing, ticketing and seating that generated over $400 million in revenue. While President of SPEED the team grew revenue to $300 million and distribution to over 80 million homes. In addition to launching SPEED on Demand, SPEED.com and SPEED 2, a digital streamed video product. While at FOX Sports Net he and his team launched digital brand extensions, multi RSN agreement with the Southeastern Conference, and a national deal with FOX Sports Net, Raycom Sports and the Atlantic Coast Conference to launch ACC Sunday Night Hoops for men’s basketball.

Nickell attended Denison University in Granville, OH, was president of the student body, played hockey and lacrosse while graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. He is a member of the National Motorsports Appeal Panel and the marketing council for USA Hockey. He and his wife Kim live in Davidson, NC.

About Raycom Sports

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom holds the ACC digital and syndicated television rights of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023. In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media is an employee-owned company, is one of the nation’s largest privately owned broadcasters and owns and/or provides services for 62 television stations in 42 markets and 20 states. Raycom Media owns or provides services for stations covering over 14% of U.S. television households and employs over 4,600 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom Media owns PureCars (digital ad platform for automotive), Raycom Sports, Tupelo-Honey Productions (a NY-based production company), RTM Productions (a Franklin, TN-based automotive programming production and marketing solutions company), WebStream Sports (an Indianapolis-based, live event production company) and Broadview Media (a post-production/digital signage company based in Montgomery, AL). Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, AL.

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LEWISVILLE, NC – Tim Brant, longtime Raycom football and basketball play-by-play announcer, and Ken Haines, the former President and CEO of Raycom, are the recipients of this year’s Marvin ‘Skeeter’ Francis Award. The Francis Award recognizes individuals for distinguished service to, or coverage of, the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Haines joined Raycom during its founding and since 1982 was involved in all facets of the company’s operation, specializing in product acquisition and contract negotiations with colleges, athletic conferences and television networks. Prior to overseeing the daily management of Raycom, he was the athletic liaison, chief public affairs officer and spokesperson to the president at Virginia Tech. Haines has established multiple public radio stations, the Virginia Tech radio network, and worked in television news. He retired from Raycom at the end of 2015.

Haines has a B.A. degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, an M.S. from Troy State, graduate work at the University of Wyoming and an advance graduate degree from Virginia Tech. He was named an Opperman Distinguished Lecturer and alumnus of year at Dakota Wesleyan in 1998, outstanding TV Sports Executive by the All American Football Foundation in 1999, the fourth-most powerful person in the ACC by the Orlando Sentinel in 2009, received the ACC Commissioner’s Cup in 2013 and was a National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Golden Anniversary Honoree in 2015.

Haines resides in Charlotte with his wife, Stephanie. They have one daughter, Avery, who also resides in Charlotte.

Brant, who will retire from Raycom after the 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament, has handled play-by-play duties for both Raycom Sports ACC Football and ACC Basketball telecasts and has spent nearly 30 years covering sports for Raycom, CBS and ABC Sports. He retired in 2015 as Vice President and Sports Director for ABC 7 / WJLA-TV in Washington DC. The multi-faceted Brant has served many roles, including sideline reporter, analyst and play-by-play announcer. He is a veteran of two Olympics broadcasts and for more than a decade was the morning co-host for ABC-owned WMAL Radio in Washington, DC.

During his broadcasting career, he was named college football’s top analyst by numerous publications, including by USA Today in 1986. Brant teamed with Keith Jackson as the voice of the PlayStation video game NCAA Gamebreaker for 989 Sports. He has been honored as the Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 by the Touchdown Club of Washington, the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Maryland in 2002, Distinguished Professional Achievement by the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism in 2002, and in 1999, he was inducted into the St. John’s College High School Hall of Fame.

A star linebacker and defensive captain at Maryland, he was with the Washington Redskins in their 1973 camp, before he suffered a career-ending knee injury. Brant and his wife Janet reside in Potomac, MD. They have four children and three grandchildren.

The Award is named after Marvin ‘Skeeter’ Francis, who served as the longtime sports information director at Wake Forest and the first administrator of the ACC’s media services division. It will be presented during the ACC Tournament semifinals on March 11 in Washington, DC.

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Raycom Sports Launches Latest Gaming App, ACC 3 Point Challenge
First collegiate conference mobile basketball game released

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the launch of a new basketball gaming app, ACC 3 Point Challenge. The free app, which is now available for download through the Apple and Google Play app stores, will allow fans to compete in several basketball shooting challenges.

Fans will be able to play as their favorite ACC school and take their best shot in three point shootout style competitions. Additionally, users can play quick matches or try to survive and advance through the ACC Tournament. Other features include the ability to send/accept challenges and share scores on social media, all the while keeping unlocking achievements and climbing leaderboards.

This is the third ACC gaming app released by Raycom Sports, following the success of the ACC Football Challenge and ACC Quarterback Challenge presented by KIOTI.  ACC 3 Point Challenge was developed in a partnership with RE Creative.

“Building on our success with football gaming, we’re thrilled to expand into college basketball with ACC 3 Point Challenge,” said Trey Walters, Senior Director, Mobile Content and Business Development for Raycom Sports. “This platform should provide fans a great second screen engagement option throughout March Madness.”

“We’re very excited to continue our partnership with Raycom Sports and the ACC by developing the first ever ACC Basketball game for iOS and Android,” added Ryan Eade, Founder of RE Creative.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom holds the ACC digital rights and syndicated television rights of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027.

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 62 television stations covering over 14 percent of the United States across 20 states.

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Platinum-Selling Artist’s “Gonna Know We Were Here” Will Open ACC Network Telecasts

Charlotte, N.C. – Multi-platinum Broken Bow Records recording artist Jason Aldean will open ACC Network telecasts of the 2016 New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, it was announced today by Raycom Sports. Aldean’s song “Gonna Know We Were Here” will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each syndicated game. This is the second time he has partnered with the ACC Network.

Aldean, three-time and reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, has sold more than ten million albums, each of which has been certified at least Platinum and has taken 14 trips to No. 1 at country radio. His sixth studio album OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 chart.

Since his 2005 debut with the scorching “Hicktown,” Aldean has set himself apart from the pack as a truly unique artist. With six albums released and countless hits, Aldean has collaborated with artists ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Ludacris.

Aldean is part of a star-studded list of performers featured in Raycom football and basketball telecasts over the years including KISS, Rascal Flatts, tobyMac, Brooks & Dunn, Daughtry, Skillet, Sugarland, Alison Krauss, Chris Brown, Lil’ Mama, T-Pain, David Cook and Ricky Skaggs.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 63 television stations covering over 14 percent of the United States across 20 states.

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

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Raycom Sports Honored with Three Wins at 30th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports has been honored with three Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Raycom had seven nominations overall in 4 categories, including three of the five nominated pieces in the Sports Program Feature category.  Raycom’s feature, “Brian Stann,” produced by David Barringer  took home the trophy in that category.

In addition, Jeremy Williams, Richard Brooke, Max Brooke, David Daly and Cory Alexander won in the Documentary/Historical EMMY for The Charles Scott Story.”

Richard Brooke and Max Brooke won the Promo Spot/Sports EMMY for the Duke-UNC ACC Network Tease..

“We are extremely honored to win three 2016 Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards,” said Jimmy Rayburn, Chief Operating Officer of Raycom Sports. “The production department at Raycom Sports is consistently one of the best in the business. Raycom Sports is very proud of our production team members and that they have been recognized by their peers for the outstanding job they do.”

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027.

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 62 television stations covering over 14 percent of the United States across 20 states.

30th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Award Winners

Sports Program Feature
Brian Stann                                                         David Barringer

Documentary/Historical
Story of Charles Scott                                    Jeremy Williams, Maxwell Brooke, Richard Brooke, David Daly, Cory Alexander

Promo Spot/Sports
UNC-Duke 2015 ACC Network Tease       Richard Brooke, Maxwell Brooke

 

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