Charlotte, N.C. – The ACC Network package of Atlantic Coast Conference football games syndicated by Raycom Sports will be available to nearly 80% of the United States this fall, covering over 90 million TV Households. This includes all Top Ten TV markets in the U.S., and 21 of the Top 25. Only ESPN and ESPN2 reach more households, among all sports networks.

Specifically, 90,822,490 U.S. households, representing 78.4% of the U.S., will receive the ACC Network.

Traditionally, ACC syndicated football and basketball games have only been available on television stations within the ACC geographic footprint.  However, since fall of 2011, the games have also been made available to stations throughout the nation.

Since the ACC Network began syndicating beyond the ACC footprint, the household coverage of the ACC Network has grown from 27 million to 90 million, an increase of 230%.

“Our goal is to continue delivering ACC content to as many fans as possible,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We are proud of our partnership with ESPN, Raycom and the Fox regional networks. It’s these relationships that allow us to maximize the exposure for our schools and conference.”

“The ACC is one of the most prestigious conferences in the country, with a fervent fan base nationwide,” said Ken Haines, president & CEO of Raycom Sports. “This broad exposure for ACC football and basketball games provides the ACC with the most over-the-air broadcast coverage of any conference in the nation. With our longtime partner ESPN, we are proud to continue to expand the over-the-air television presence of the ACC throughout the nation.”

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 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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

This Week Features Legendary Head Coach Gene Stallings, Clemson Defensive Standout Vic Beasley, and Road Trip to Syracuse for Homecoming

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its eleventh season this summer with Episode 2.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 92 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show features Brando travelling to the Hike-A-Way Ranch in Paris, Texas to sit down with Hall of Fame Head Coach Gene Stallings. One of the original Junction Boys, Stallings talks about his early years in Paris and playing for Bear Bryant at Texas A&M and later coaching with him at Alabama.  Stallings also tells Tim about his return to Tuscaloosa as the Crimson Tide’s head coach in 1990 and how he coached them to a national title two years later. Stallings retired from the sidelines in 1996, but has stayed close to Tuscaloosa through his work with the Rise School.

The Stallings Center at The Rise School is named after the head coach for his work there and the impact his son Johnny had on the community.  Johnny Stallings was born in 1962 with Down Syndrome and a heart defect but that did not stop him from standing beside his father throughout his life. The head coach became an advocate for special needs children and began working with Rise, a center for children with special needs, upon his arrival to Alabama in 1990. Rise has become a leader in the community with over 100 children enrolled at the school. Hear about the special bond between Coach Stallings and Johnny and the impact the two of them have had in Tuscaloosa.

Also head to Clemson for a music lesson with standout defensive end Vic Beasley. After leading the ACC in sacks last year, Beasley decided to return to the Tigers for his senior season. A rare combination of strength and speed, it took a few position changes at Clemson before Beasley made an impact last season. During this transition, he used the piano as an outlet for his frustrations. Beasley still uses music to keep him focused and give him the edge that will make him one of the best defensive linemen in the nation this season.

Finally, visit Syracuse with our Mister Road Trip Tommy Kane as he takes in homecoming with the Orange faithful. T-K samples the world famous Dinosaur BBQ before checking in on the newly crowned king and queen, and Syracuse legend Floyd Little.  Tommy also visits with the men’s basketball team where he challenges ACC standout C.J. Fair to a game of one-on-one.  It’s not pretty but Tommy escapes to show us the Orange’s first ever home ACC football 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 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 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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This Week Spotlights Florida State Heisman Trophy Winner Charlie Ward, Florida National Championship Quarterback Chris Leak, North Carolina Record-Setting Return Specialist Ryan Switzer and a Road Trip to LSU and Death Valley

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” begins its eleventh season this weekend.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 92 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show will highlight 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward from Florida State. The two-sport athlete led the Seminoles to the 1993 National Championship in football and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances in basketball. The son of a football coach, he revolutionized the fast break offense on the football field for legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Surprisingly, Ward did not play in the NFL.  He was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft and ended up playing 11 years of pro ball.  We catch up with the Seminole legend back on the field coaching high school football.

Also visit with Chris Leak, who quarterbacked the Florida Gators to the 2006 National Championship. From a talented football family, Leak led Independence High School in Charlotte, N.C. to three straight state titles and was national offensive player of the year as a senior. He went on to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors and finished his career as the Gators’ career passing leader. Now back in Gainesville, hear from Leak as he begins his first season as the Gators’ wide receivers coach.

Go home to Charleston, W.V. with Ryan Switzer. The North Carolina wide receiver and punt returner had a dream season as a freshman. He earned first-team All-ACC honors after tying an NCAA record with five punt return touchdowns, including one in the Belk Bowl when he was named MVP of the game. Hear from Switzer and his family about how playing with a chip on his shoulder has helped him exceed expectations.

And Road Trip with Tommy Kane to Death Valley for the LSU-Florida game. In addition to sampling great Cajun cuisine and tailgating with Tiger fans, T-K hangs out with Mike the Tiger and talks with Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty.

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 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 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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http://theacc.co/APP14relaunch

Partnership brings content for all ACC sports to fans everywhere 

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Raycom Sports today announced the relaunch of the Official ACC Sports App presented by Carrabba’s, to coincide with the official welcome of the ACC’s newest member, the University of Louisville. The new release now features every ACC sport, in addition to updated branding of the ACC and member schools.

The newest version, available for update or download on iPhone, iPad or Android, is free and packed with even more features than before. Fans of all 15 teams can now easily access every ACC sport, standings, headlines, statistics, ACC Digital Network videos and select ACC live games.

The New ACC Sports App presented by Carrabba’s will continue to be the best source for ACC fans to stay connected to their favorite teams. With SportsLabs’ Advanced Media Platform (AMP), the app pulls scores and stats as well as social and user generated content from across all 15 teams and media landscapes, providing users of the app all of the news surrounding their team in one easy to navigate, seamless experience.

“Raycom Sports and the ACC are committed to being in the forefront of technology,” said Chad Swofford, Senior Director of Business and New Media for Raycom Sports. “The new Official ACC Sports App presented by Carrabba’s will continue to offer fans more access to our content than ever before. Fans will be able to access real-time information and news on all ACC sports, in addition to original ACC Digital Network video and ACC Network live events. The ACC Sports App also features social and user-generated content thanks to Raycom Sports’ continued relationship with SportsLabs.”

Download the Official ACC Sports App: http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/MobileApps

About:
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 62nd year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity.  For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on facebook.com/theACC.

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 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Link to watch video http://theacc.co/14TourneyIntro

Pop Evil’s single “Trenches,” remixed by DMC, Will Open ACC Network Telecasts 

Charlotte, N.C. – Chart-topping rock group Pop Evil, joined by legendary artist DMC of Run-DMC, will open each ACC Network telecast of the 2014 ACC men’s basketball tournament. Pop Evil’s #1 single “Trenches” has been remixed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each game.

“Pop Evil and DMC have collaborated on an impressive song that really embodies the energy and passion of the ACC Tournament,” said Raycom Sports producer Dave Barringer, who created the opening sequence. “’Trenches’ focuses on the power to control your future, which translates well into the teams fighting their way to the prestigious ACC Championship. By customizing the lyrics, Pop Evil and DMC have captured the growth and change of the ACC Tournament and the teams, from 1954 to the present.”

Pop Evil continues to build on their already impressive career having racked up two #1 singles on America’s Rock Radio, six singles in the Top 10 and 850,000 digital single sales. “Trenches” won the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Song of the Year. The lead singer, Leigh Kakaty, was a finalist for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball Award in high school, averaging 31 points per game as a senior at North Muskegon High School.

Darryl McDaniels, known as DMC, is a pioneer of hip hop culture and a founding member of the rap group Run-DMC. The multi-platinum artist and producer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his group in 2009.

They join a star-studded list of performers featured in Raycom football and basketball telecasts over the years including KISS, Rascal Flatts, tobyMac, Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, 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. 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 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Charlotte, N.C. – The ACC Network announced today a new social hub, Tourney Buzz, for the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament during the week of March 10-16. Tourney Buzz is hosted within the tournament coverage on theACC.com and features a revolving mosaic tile-look, updated with real-time relevant content featuring the ACC Tournament and the schools competing. The ACC Network partnered with Mass Relevance, the technology leader in enabling social experiences, to develop the portal (theacc.com/tourneybuzz).

Tourney Buzz will aggregate social media content from Twitter, Vine, Instagram and Facebook, giving fans access to all the sights, sounds and buzz during the tournament. Fans will be able to customize their experience sorting content by school, or get all content associated with the ACC Tournament. A social polling feature will allow fans to vote on who they think will win each game.

During ACC Tournament play, Tourney Buzz will feature a live video window to let fans watch the games while keeping up with social chatter all in one site.

“We are very excited to bring such an engaging and relevant feature to theACC.com,” said Trey Walters, Manager of New Media for Raycom Sports. “We feel Tourney Buzz will be hit with fans as they try to follow the ACC Tournament from a social media perspective.  Having Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram all in one place along with live video of the games will be a unique fan experience.”

“The ACC has raised the bar on what it means to be an elite college basketball conference, and we’re thrilled to partner with the ACC digital team to bring Tourney Buzz to life,” said Brian Foley, Senior Director of Global Sports, Mass Relevance. “There’s no doubt that there will be an enormous swell of social activity around these events, so by providing a single destination for fans to consume the best social content from every relevant source side by side with the live game stream, we’ve successfully achieved our goal of delivering an elevated, interactive viewing experience.”

About the ACC Network

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom Sports operates the ACC Network, the official multi-media platform of the ACC dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms. Built with over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights experience, the ACC Network maximizes the distribution of 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.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., 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. Raycom’s parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

About Mass Relevance

Mass Relevance helps brands, media and agencies get more from their social media efforts by building social experiences into their marketing strategy. More than 350 major brands, sports teams, publishers and broadcasters trust the Mass Relevance SaaS platform to create real-time consumer engagement by aggregating, filtering, and re-displaying content from any social network to any digital property. In the past three years, Mass Relevance has delivered more than 35 billion pieces of social content to multiple digital surfaces for world-class brands such as Pepsi, Campbell’s, GE, Target, Walgreens and Microsoft. Mass Relevance has also supported iconic events like the Super Bowl and Academy Awards, launches such as The Avengers and Madonna MDNA, and television phenomenons American Idol, X-Factor, 80 Plates and The Voice.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Episode 3 of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “ACC Basketball: Havoline Kings of the Court,” will begin airing this weekend and throughout the month of March. Hosted by former University of Virginia star and 8-year NBA guard, Cory Alexander, the series is syndicated throughout the ACC Network in 84 television markets.

The final show of 2014 spotlights former NC State All-American David Thompson. The forward from Boiling Spring outside Shelby, N.C. transitioned from humble beginnings to a local folk hero at Crest Senior High School to the greatest college basketball player in ACC history.

During his time at NC State, Thompson led the Wolfpack to an undefeated season (27-0) in 1973 and a national championship in 1974 (30-1), beating seven-time reigning national champion UCLA Bruins in the semifinals. He was named the ACC Player of the Year three straight years, and the AP National Player of the Year in 1974 and 1975.

He was the #1 draft pick in both the ABA and NBA, eventually signing with the ABA Denver Nuggets. He stayed with the Nuggets after the NBA-ABA merger before playing for the Seatlle Supersonics. He was an All-ABA and All-NBA selection five times. But substance abuse took a toll on his professional and personal life. After putting his life back in order, Thompson now devotes his time mentoring the younger generation, including aspiring basketball players, about taking the right path.

Hear from his high school coach about how Thompson’s career began, and from college teammate and fellow NC State legend Tommy Burleson, and ACC Network commentators Mike Gminski and Dan Bonner about his impact on the college game.

Then spend time with this ACC great as he talks about his exploits at NC State, including the national championship and beating UCLA, and the concussion he suffered after jumping over a teammate to block a shot against Pitt and falling to the floor. Thompson also speaks candidly about his struggle with addiction and the effect it took on his pro career.

Nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Sports Series in each of its first two seasons, “Havoline Kings of the Court” is dedicated to spotlighting the continued tradition of excellence that is Atlantic Coast Conference basketball. The series, three monthly half-hour shows, goes beyond the game to tell the unique story of a player or coach, and how they made a name for themselves in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

For complete information on “ACC Basketball: Havoline Kings of the Court,” including airdates and times, station affiliates and platforms, visit theACC.com/kings.

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. 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 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Charlotte, N.C. – Havoline, the Official Motor Oil of the ACC, and the ACC Network announced today a new free fan interactive promotion. The All-ACC Fan Vote Presented by Havoline will give fans a chance to choose their own First and Second Team All-ACC selections.

From now until March 15, fans may vote for their own All-ACC selections by visiting www.TheACC.com/FanVote. The All-ACC Fan Vote Presented by Havoline will have its results announced during the ACC Network telecast of the 2014 ACC Tournament Championship game on Sunday, March 16.

Fans who vote between now and March 2 can also enter to win a VIP trip to the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament and a change to hang out with Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and Discovery Channel’s Fast ‘N Loud. The All-ACC Fan Vote Presented by Havoline is being promoted on the ACC Network during telecasts, as well as digital platforms such as TheACC.com.

About the ACC Network
In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom Sports operates the ACC Network, the official multi-media platform of the ACC dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms. Built with over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights experience, the ACC Network maximizes the distribution of 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.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., 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. Raycom’s parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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ESPN and ACC Network to broadcast game 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Duke at North Carolina basketball game, originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, has been rescheduled for a 9 p.m. tip on Thursday, February 20, at the Dean E. Smith Center. The game will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network as originally planned.

The game was postponed on Wednesday night due to the winter storm.