Emmy Award-Winning Havoline Football Saturdays Wraps Up Summer with Episode 6 Airing This Weekend

This Week Features Coaching Great Danny Ford, Broadcasting Great Lee Corso, Louisville Linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, and an All-Day Road Trip to Clemson

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” concludes its eleventh season this summer with Episode 6.  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 coaching great Danny Ford. Known as an old school coach, Ford played college football at Alabama, learning the sport from legendary coach Bear Bryant. He went on to become head coach at Clemson in 1978.   In 1981, he led the Tigers to a perfect 12-0 record and the school’s only National Championship. After 11 years and seven bowl appearances, he left Clemson and later became the head coach at Arkansas for five seasons. Visit with Ford on his 174-acre farm outside Clemson as he discusses his playing and coaching career, including lessons learned from Bear Bryant and Clemson legendary head coach Frank Howard.

Then catch up with broadcaster and Florida State alumnus Lee Corso. His high energy personality has made the football historian a pop culture icon for College Gameday. But his story began on the field as a quarterback and defensive back in Tallahassee, where he was a teammate and roommate of future movie star Burt Reynolds. When he retired from coaching, one phone interview set him on a new career path. Hear how he transitioned from coaching to the broadcast booth, and the story behind how his mascot headgear picks became a tradition.

Follow the inspiring story of Louisville senior linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin. Growing up in Atlanta, Mauldin was shuffled through 16 foster homes, often split up from his siblings, and had a hard time developing trust in others. Football offered a path to overcome his hardships and inspire others to do the same. Eventually attending Louisville, Mauldin found a home with a caring support group, including his teammates, staff and fans. Hear from the player who is not only on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, but will graduate in December with a degree in communications.

Finally, our Road Trip crew wakes up at 3:00 a.m. in the morning to fully experience gameday at Clemson. Host Tommy Kane gets a lesson tailgating and leads the pregame parade in a custom Clemson fire truck. After kickoff, T-K works the crowd as a member of the Clemson Central Spirit Flag crew.

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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Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its eleventh season this summer with Episode 5.  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 Miami Hurricane great and ACC Digital Network analyst Clinton Portis. After a rough childhood in Gainesville, Portis was helped on the right path by his high school English teacher. He enrolled at Miami, and set a Hurricane freshman record with 838 yards rushing. As a junior, he ran for over 1,200 yards, helping Miami to an undefeated season and the 2001 National title. He was drafted by Denver in the 2nd Round of the 2002 NFL Draft. After two seasons with over 3,000 rushing yards, he was traded to Washington where he finished his career as the second-leading rusher in Redskins history. Portis talks about escaping the tough neighborhood to become an All-Pro and how the murder of teammate Sean Taylor inspired him to focus on his legacy beyond the football field.

Visit with Syracuse junior safety Durell Eskridge, who has become a leader for the Orange. Growing up in Liberty City outside Miami, Eskridge faced many hardships, including a period of living on the street. But he learned to appreciate the little things in life, and to make the most of opportunities. While working at Richardson Mortuary, he saw the hard realities of drugs and violence take the lives of friends.  Inspired to beat the odds, Eskridge found a home at Miami Central High School and focused on building a future through football and education.  Eskridge describes his path to Syracuse, where he considers his teammates brothers, and how Hall of Famer and Syracuse legend Floyd Little inspires him to be a role model for others.

Catch up with Pittsburgh’s explosive wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who shattered the Pitt freshman receiving records of Larry Fitzgerald last season. After a stellar high school career in western Pennsylvania leading Clairton to a 48-0 record his three years as a starter, big things were expected of Boyd by the Panthers’ faithful. He delivered, setting school and conference records while being named All-ACC. Boyd heads home to show us how he is preparing for an encore performance.

Finally, Road Trip to Columbia, South Carolina with Tommy Kane for the South Carolina-Clemson rivalry game. T-K checks out the tailgating traditions of the Gamecocks and gets on board the famous Cockaboose Railroad. Then it’s on to the game, where he witnesses one of the great entrances in college football, the Gamecocks’ traditional “2001, A Space Odyssey”.

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 Features Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, Duke Wide Receiver Jamison Crowder and Former Wake Forest Standout Linebacker Aaron Curry

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its eleventh season this summer with Episode 4.  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 one-on-one time with Brando and Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Born and raised in Alabama, Swinney was a walk-on for the Crimson Tide as a wide receiver, earning a scholarship and three letters in addition to winning a National Title as a senior. He began his coaching career at his alma mater before being recruited to Clemson by his old position coach at Alabama, Tommy Bowden. When Bowden resigned midway through the 2008 season, Swinney was named the interim head coach. The interim tag came off after the season. Swinney has led the Tigers to a 52-23 record and the 2011 ACC title. Swinney discusses his coaching career, expectations for Clemson and the ACC, and his friendly in-state rivalry with Steve Spurrier and South Carolina.

Visit with Duke senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who set an ACC record last year with 108 receptions as he helped the Blue Devils win the Coastal Division title. He continues to impress Coach Cutcliffe with his playmaking abilities, but it is the impression that he leaves on his sibling that is just as important.  Head home to Monroe, N.C. with the All-American to spend time with his parents and younger brother Jamaris. Born with Down Syndrome, Jamaris developed a close bond with his brother, one that has been strengthened through sports.

And catch up with the former Wake Forest standout Aaron Curry. The Fayetteville, N.C. native was labeled too slow and too small out of high school. But Curry put any doubts to rest about his ability, leading the Demon Deacons to the 2006 ACC Championship. He cemented his legacy by winning the 2008 Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. He was the #4 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and played for Seattle and Oakland. During his playing days, he developed a desire to coach. Now Curry is beginning his first season as linebackers coach for the Charlotte 49ers under head coach Brad Lambert, his old LB coach from Wake. Hear what impact he wants to make on his players, both on and off the field.

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 Features Syracuse Legend Floyd Little, Former Navy Linebacker Brian Stann,
South Carolina Breakout Back Mike Davis, and Road Trip to Pitt’s First Home ACC Game

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its eleventh season this summer with Episode 3.  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 legendary Syracuse running back Floyd Little. The only three-time All-American running back at Syracuse, Little helped immortalize the number 44, following Jim Brown and Ernie Davis. He joined those two Syracuse legends in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. Little was known as “The Franchise” for the Denver Broncos and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He is now back on campus at Syracuse as special assistant to the athletics director. Hear how a conversation with Davis led Little to Syracuse and not the U.S. Military Academy and the reason for his nickname in Denver.

Then learn about the courage of our country’s military through the experiences of former Navy linebacker Brian Stann. After graduation, he was assigned at an infantry officer in the U.S. Marines, commanding the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon during Operation Matador in Iraq and earning the Silver Star. After returning home, he used mixed martial arts as his outlet for competition, eventually becoming a UFC Champion. Stann now runs Hire Heroes USA, an organization that helps ex-military personnel transition to civilian life.

Head home to Atlanta for a visit with South Carolina running back and Heisman hopeful Mike Davis. The junior ran for almost twelve-hundred yards last season. He is working hard to surpass that total this year and catch his older brother James, former All-ACC back at Clemson. James helped Mike find his way when he used money from his NFL contract to move his family to Stone Mountain, Georgia for a better quality of life.  Now Mike has aspirations to follow his brother’s path into the NFL.

Finally, Road Trip to Pittsburgh with Tommy Kane as the Panthers host their first ACC game.  After visiting the world famous Primanti Brothers for a bite to eat, T-K checks out the sights of the Steel City, including the Duquesne Incline. Then it’s on to the pregame bonfire on campus where Pitt Head Coach Paul Chryst helps build excitement for the game. Finally, Pitt takes the field against FSU and Tommy gets a firsthand narrative of the historic Pitt milestone from ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

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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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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