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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The third episode of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “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 to over 100 television markets.

The final show of the season features Duke legend Christian Laettner. One of the greatest college players of all time, Laettner led the Blue Devils to back-to-back NCAA National Championships. But his desire for greatness polarized perceptions of him personally. Laettner talks about how his competitive nature was developed as a youth in Angola, N.Y., and how his work ethic translated into success on the court. Hear how he grew from a freshman learning from senior teammates into a senior leader at Duke.

Then spend time with NC State standout Dereck Whittenburg. Known as the heart of the “Cardiac Pack,” Whittenburg helped his team win the 1983 national championship. But it was his relationship with head coach Jim Valvano that was the driving force for success. Growing up outside Washington, D.C., Whittenburg was heavily influenced by his parents. Their decision to enroll him at DeMatha Catholic High School paired him with future NC State teammate Sidney Lowe. Both players chose to play for the Wolfpack and, after Valvano’s hiring, realized they were building something special. Hear from Whittenburg as he describes the foundation of that national championship team.

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 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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RAYBURN CHOSEN AS FRANCIS AWARD WINNER

LEWISVILLE, NC – Jimmy Rayburn, the Chief Operating Officer of Raycom Sports, is the winner of this year’s Marvin ‘Skeeter’ Francis Award. The Francis Award recognizes individuals for distinguished service to, or coverage of, the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Rayburn joined Jefferson-Pilot Sports in 1986 as Vice President of Operations/Executive Producer. He continued under that title with Raycom Sports, after its acquisition of JP Sports in 2007. He was promoted to COO of Raycom Sports in 2012.

Rayburn has overseen all production and operation elements for Raycom Sports, including staffing, logistics, asset management and allocation, and talent management. He has served as executive producer for ACC and SEC college football and basketball games, as well as other sports and entertainment programming.

Rayburn was graduated from the University of Tennessee and earned his graduate degree in Sports Management from Ohio University. He is a native of Manchester, TN, and lives in Charlotte with his wife Beth. They have two children, Joe and Rachel.

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 13 in Greensboro, NC.

SKEETER FRANCIS AWARD WINNERS

2015       Jimmy Rayburn

2014       Brian Morrison

2013       Lenox Rawlings

2012       Caulton Tudor

2011       Johnny Holliday

2010       Jim Thacker

2009       Bob Harris

2008       Frank Weedon

2007       Tom Mickle

2006       Gene Corrigan

2005       Billy Packer

2004       Bob Jordan

2003       John Feinstein

2002       Rick Brewer

                Woody Durham

2001       Furman Bisher

2000       Ron Green Sr.

1999       Jim Phillips

1998       Bill Brill

1997       Irwin Smallwood

1996       Dick Herbert

1995       Mary Garber

                Smith Barrier

1993       joe f. blair

1992       Hugh Morton

1991       C.D. Chesley

1990       Bob Bradley

ABOUT THE ATLANTIC COAST SPORTS MEDIA ASSOCIATION

The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association is an organization of journalists dedicated to fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between the news media and the institutions and administration of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

First Conference Trivia App Draws from Storied History of ACC Basketball  

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Raycom Sports announced the launch of the ACC Trivia Challenge App, Basketball Edition. A first for a college conference, the ACC Trivia Challenge highlights the storied history of ACC basketball.

The new app, available for update or download on Apple and Android devices, is free and packed with thousands of ACC Basketball facts and figures. Fans of all 15 teams can now test their knowledge of ACC hoops, track their own ACC Trivia results, challenge and compete against friends, and share scores on social media.

ACC Trivia Challenge is sortable by school and skill level. In addition, there are both conference and school leaderboards. Special content will also be released around rivalries, the tournament, the draft and more.

“No conference has the basketball tradition like the ACC,” said Trey Walters, Manager of New Media for ACC Digital. “Now with the ACC Trivia App, fans have a great new way to relive ACC Basketball history and test their knowledge in a unique, engaging way.”

Download the ACC Trivia App: http://www.theacc.com/trivia.

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 digital and 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 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 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 Four Wins at 29th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards 

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

Raycom had nine nominations overall, including four of the five nominated pieces in the Sports Program Feature category. Raycom’s feature by Richard Brooke, “The Final Roll – Memorializing the Toomer Oaks,” took home the trophy in that category.

In addition, Raycom won in the categories of Sports Event/Game for “ACC Basketball UNC at NCSU”, Documentary/Topical for “Head Impact Research in ACC,” and Promo Spot/Sports for “Duke-UNC Basketball Open.

Associate Producer Richard Brooke won two Emmys, and Producers Dave Barringer, Jeremy Williams, Alex Farmartino, Director Billy McCoy, writer Boris Rogers and artist John Hairston each earned an Emmy Award.

“We are very excited to win four 2015 Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards,” said Jimmy Rayburn, Chief Operating Officer of Raycom Sports. “The production department at Raycom Sports is one of the best in the business and we are very pleased to have them recognized again by their peers. The fact that four of the five nominees in one category were our features is a great example of their quality of work. Raycom Sports is very proud to be represented by this talented group of people.”

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.

29th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Award Winners for Raycom Sports

Sports Event/Game              ACC BB/UNC at NCSU, Dave Barringer, Billy McCoy

Sports Program Feature      The Final Roll-AU Toomer Oaks, Richard Brooke

Documentary/Topical           Head Impact Research in ACC, Alex Farmartino

Promo Spot/Sports               Duke-UNC BB Open, Richard Brooke, John Hairston, Boris Rogers, Jeremy Williams

 

 

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The second episode of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “Havoline Kings of the Court,” will begin airing this weekend throughout the month of February. 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 2015 features North Carolina Hall of Famer Charlie Scott. He is one of the best players to ever play in the ACC as he helped the Tar Heels to two ACC Tournament titles and two Final Four appearances. But his success on the court does not begin to tell the story of Charlie Scott. The New York native experienced hardship during a turbulent time in the late-1960s when he was the first African-American scholarship athlete at UNC. Charlie returns to Chapel Hill as he talks about the tough times he suffered through while in college and how his head coach, Dean Smith, fought for him and became a trailblazer.

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 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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For Immediate Release, Monday, December 1, 2014

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Raycom Sports Announce Launch of New ACC Gameday App for Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship

New Mobile App Will Inform and Enhance Experience for Fans

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Raycom Sports today announced the launch of the official ACC Championship App for the 2014 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Developed in partnership with SportsLabs, the free mobile application is an in-depth event resource for fans in town for the game or watching from home.

The ACC Championship App consists of a variety of extensive content designed to enhance the game-day experience by delivering:

  • Event weekend guide with activity times and locations, and other need-to-know information including stadium maps and parking
  • Live game audio from ESPN Radio broadcast
  • Information on the ACC Legends Class of 2014
  • Live game score and stats
  • Real-time social stream with Instagram and Twitter feeds from the teams, media, and the ACC
  • Location based maps for fans attending the events
  • Alerts for weather updates, pre-game events, game scoring and more

The Official ACC Gameday App can be found as a free download in both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

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

SportsLabs is the official digital sports platform provider for schools, conferences, teams, rights holders and content producers. Using its proprietary Advanced Media Platform for Sports, it develops new ways for fans to engage with sports through digital products and experiences. Based in Boulder, Colo., SportsLabs is part of Silver Chalice Ventures, which builds and operates a portfolio of high-value digital media businesses.

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Raycom Sports Receives Nine Nominations For
29th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports was nominated for nine Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards, it was announced by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards will be announced on January 31, 2015 in Nashville.

The summer weekly series “Havoline Football Saturdays” was nominated for the seventh straight year. It has won five Emmy Awards. Raycom also received four nominations in the Sports Program Feature category.

In addition, Raycom was nominated in the categories of Sports Event/Game for ACC Basketball UNC at NCSU, Documentary/Topical for “Head Impact Research in ACC,” Director/Short Form for “ACC Tournament Open,” and Promo Spot/Sports for “Duke-UNC Basketball Open.

Producers Dave Barringer and Jeremy Williams and Associate Producers Maxwell Brooke and Richard Brooke each received four nominations, Producer Alex Farmartino received three nominations, Executive Producer Rob Reichley and Associate Producer Chris Duzan received two nominations, and Director Billy McCoy, host Cory Alexander, Boris Rogers and John Hairston received one nomination.

“We are tremendously honored to receive nine nominations for the 2015 Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards,” said Jimmy Rayburn, Chief Operating Officer of Raycom Sports. “Our dedicated production staff consistently turns out amazing work. For Raycom Sports to be recognized by its peers and it is a testament to their talent.”

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.

29th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Award Nominations

Sports Event/Game              ACC BB/UNC at NCSU                    Dave Barringer, Billy McCoy

Sports News Feature`          Football Saturdays                           Dave Barringer, Max Brooke, Richard Brooke, Chris Duzan,

                                                                                                         Alex Farmartino, Rob Reichley, Jeremy Williams

Sports Program Feature      WFU’s Chris Paul’s Journey            Cory Alexander, Max Brooke, Richard Brooke, Chris Duzan,

                                                                                                         Rob Reichley, Jeremy Williams

                                                  To The Brink-UM’s Joe Zagacki      Max Brooke, Alex Farmartino

                                                  GT’s Jeremiah Attaochu                  Dave Barringer, Max Brooke

                                                  The Final Roll-AU Toomer Oaks      Richard Brooke

Documentary/Topical           Head Impact Research in ACC           Alex Farmartino

Director-Short Form             ACC Tournament Open                     Dave Barringer, Jeremy Williams

Promo Spot/Sports               Duke-UNC BB Open                         Richard Brooke, John Hairston, Boris Rogers, Jeremy Williams

 

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Fans can vote for their ACC Players and Coach of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –The ACC Network has launched the ACC Fan Vote presented by Havoline, it was announced today. The online promotion will give fans a chance to vote for the best players and coaches in the ACC this football season.

Havoline and the ACC Network will let fans vote online for their Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year. Fans may vote for one player in each category. Voting is now open and will close on Friday, November 28th.

The Fan’s Choices will be announced during the final ACC Network ACC Game of the Week telecast on Saturday, November 29th.

For more information and to vote, fans may visit www.theACC.com/FanVote.

About Raycom Sports and the ACC Network

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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