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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Full clearance list available at www.theacc.com/Kings

Series Features Unique Stories with Some of the Biggest Names in ACC Basketball

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Episode 3 of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “Havoline Kings of the Court,” will air beginning this weekend through 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 to over 100 television markets.

The final show of 2016 features basketball’s royal family, the Curry family. Learn about family patriarch Dell Curry, who grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia with four sisters and honed his shooting on a homemade basket set up by his father, eventually leading Fort Defiance High School to a state championship. He went on to attend Virginia Tech, playing both basketball and baseball. A four-year starter, he became the school’s all-time steals leader and second all-time in points scored, before the three-point line.

Though selected twice in the MLB Draft (once in high school and once at VT), he had promised his mother he would graduate, so he continued in basketball at VT. It was during his time for the Hokies that Dell met his wife Sonya, a member of the VT volleyball team. Hear them tell the story of how they met.

Drafted in the NBA by the Utah Jazz, Dell played for three teams his first three seasons. The third stop, the Charlotte Hornets, was where he found a home and thrived. In 11 seasons for the Hornets, he became the team’s all-time leading scorer and won the 1994 NBA Sixth Man Award. In Charlotte, Dell and Sonya raised their three children as part of the local community, stressing faith, hard work and family values.

Sons Stephen and Seth were both considered too small for college ball, but proved the doubters wrong with their great work ethic. Stephen attended Davidson, while Seth attended Liberty then Duke. With the support of their family, both went on to play in the NBA, where Steph is the reigning MVP on the defending World Champion Golden State Warriors and Seth plays for the Sacramento Kings.

Hear from Dell and the family as they talk about the importance of a strong family unit and see them united as Dell, now a television commentator for the Hornets, is honored during halftime earlier this season against the Warriors.

Nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Sports Series, “Havoline Kings of the Courtis 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 “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 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 63 television stations covering over 14 percent of the United States across 20 states.

 

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ACC Network’s Emmy Award-Nominated Series “Havoline Kings of the Court” Show 2 Airs This Weekend; Featuring Louisville’s Darrell Griffith and Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Episode 2 of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “Havoline Kings of the Court,” will air this weekend. Hosted by former University of Virginia star and 8-year NBA guard, Cory Alexander, the series is syndicated throughout the ACC Network to over 100 television markets.

The second show of 2016 features Louisville legend Darrell Griffith. Nicknamed Dr. Dunkenstein, Griffith led his hometown Cardinals to their first national championship in 1980. What makes the story more unique is that he promised the city an NCAA Championship when he committed to Louisville. Learn how Griffith grew up in Louisville, and how his legend grew as he led Louisville Male High School to a state title in 1975.

After a successful 11-year NBA career, Griffith now works for his college alma mater, but also has a new role. Hear from Griffith as he talks about helping troubled teens at West End School, where the gymnasium is named in his honor, and how he is now working to inspire and instill a sense of pride in Louisville’s youth.

Then head to South Bend to meet Notre Dame junior guard Demetrius Jackson, who led the Fighting Irish to their first-ever conference title last season. But the journey to a championship has been rough for Jackson. After being placed in foster care at age 12, he spent time in two different foster homes and basketball became his outlet. He became close friends with AAU teammate Michael Whitfield, and Michael’s parents Dave and Beth Whitfield became his foster parents.

His stable home life allowed Demetrius to grow on the basketball court, earning High School All-American honors. Hear from Jackson and his foster family about his unique past, and how he overcame these obstacles to become a leader for the Fighting Irish.

Nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Sports Series, “Havoline Kings of the Courtis 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 “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 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 63 television stations covering over 14 percent of the United States across 20 states.

 

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Havoline® and ACC Network Team Up for 2016 All-ACC Fan Vote and Havoline ACC Basketball Sweeps

 Charlotte, N.C. – The ACC Network announced the launch of the 2016 All-ACC Fan Vote Presented by Havoline®, the Official Motor Oil of the ACC. The free fan interactive promotion gives fans a chance to choose their own First and Second Team All-ACC selections.

From now until March 12th, 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 2016 New York Life ACC Tournament Championship game on Saturday, March 13th.

In addition, the Havoline Basketball Sweeps is giving fans a chance to win a VIP trip to the 2016 New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Washington DC. The grand prize winner will receive a VIP trip for two including transportation, hotel accommodations, Tournament ticket books and ACC Legends luncheon tickets, along with spending money. Fans may enter for free through February 28th at www.TheACC.com/Havoline.

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.