WHO ARE WE
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 and ESPN, 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 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.
Raycom Sports was founded on June 19, 1979 by Rick and Dee Ray of Charlotte, NC. The company was sold in 1994 to Ellis Communications. The company was then sold by Ellis in 1996 to a television group funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. They adopted the name Raycom Media for the parent company.
Hunter Nickell, Chief Executive Officer
Jimmy Rayburn, Chief Operating Officer
George Johnson, Senior VP, Programming and Distribution
Bill Lancaster, VP, Sales
Peter Rolfe, VP, Production
Rob Reichley, Executive Producer
Chad Swofford, Senior Director, New Media and Business Development
Becky Smith, Controller
Charles Moye, Technical Operations Manager
Frank Kay, Director of Communications
1900 W. Morehead Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28208
The company has been in six previous locations in Charlotte since 1979.
1373 E. Morehead Street
4220 Park Road (Near Park Road Shopping Center)
2100 Rexford Road (Southpark)
801 E. Trade Street (Uptown)
412 East Boulevard (Dilworth)
2815 Coliseum Centre Drive (Coliseum Area)
Historical Staff Listing
First college game on satellite (1979)
First use of color billboards in sports telecasts (1982)
First to produce and televise Sports Emmy Awards (1988)
First and second inaugural bowl game sellouts (1990 Blockbuster, 2002 Continental Tire)
First and largest network (ABC) time-buy by a major college syndicator (1991)
First use of instant replay on college JumboTron (1996)
First internet streaming of a college game (1995)
First use of virtual signage in college basketball (1997)
First college basketball game in high definition (1999)
First use of virtual signage in professional golf (1999)
First syndicated sporting event in high definition (2007)
First conference-dedicated YouTube Channel (2012)
First collegiate conference gaming app (2013)
Highest-rated ACC syndication games
Date Time City Game Rating
1) Thurs, Feb. 10, 1983 9:00pm Greensboro Virginia @ North Carolina (63-64) 36
2) Thurs, Feb. 10, 1983 9:00pm Raleigh Virginia @ North Carolina (63-64) 35
3) Tues, Feb. 4, 1986 7:00pm Greensboro North Carolina @ Georgia Tech (78-77ot) 35
4) Thurs, Feb. 3, 1994 9:00pm Raleigh Duke @ North Carolina (78-89) 33
5) Tues, Feb. 4, 1986 7:00pm Raleigh North Carolina @ Georgia Tech (78-77ot) 31
6) Thurs, Feb. 23, 1989 9:00pm Raleigh NC State @ Duke (65-86) 31
7) Thurs, Feb. 1, 2001 9:00pm Raleigh North Carolina @ Duke (85-83) 31
Top-20 highest-rated ACC syndication games
Raycom Sports owns two state-of-the-art 53-foot HD production trucks. Each truck is equipped with nine HD cameras, an Evertz VIP virtual monitoring wall, a Calrec Artemis audio console, two EVS six channel full edits for record and playback, and two four channel EVS’s for record and playback. Both trucks have a Grass Valley Kayenne switcher and Chyron DUET Hyper X3 graphics. Raycom also has a HD redundant uplink truck.
Raycom Sports’ production facility houses five Avid HD edit bays and a custom-built studio and workspace where the ACC Digital Network originates.
ACC Basketball (1982 – present)
ACC Football (1984 – present)
Havoline Football Saturdays (2004-present)
Numerous college football games, college basketball tournaments and LPGA golf tournaments
Numerous sports specials and entertainment shows.
Southwest Conference Football and Basketball (1984-1995)
Big Eight Conference Football and Basketball (1985-1993)
Metro Conference Basketball (1985-1995)
PCAA Conference Basketball (1985-1987)
Kickoff Classic (1985-1992)
Southeast Conference Football and Basketball (1986-2009)
Pac-10 Conference Basketball (1987-1995)
Big Ten Conference Basketball (1989-1995)
Pigskin Classic (1990-1994)
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