Raycom Sports Announces Retirement of President and CEO Ken Haines

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.
– Raycom Sports announced today that President and CEO Ken Haines will retire at the end of 2015. He has been with the company since its inception in 1979. Under the leadership of Haines, Raycom has held television rights to all the major college conferences including the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-10, Big Eight, Southwest, Metro, SEC and the establishment on an ACC digital network. It also owned numerous LPGA golf tournaments and managed various basketball tournaments and football bowl games.

“The last 35 years have been a wonderful and gratifying experience,” said Haines. “It is always rewarding to be involved in a start-up and see it grow into a dominant company. Founders Rick and Dee Ray are to be credited with having a vision for a company that would be successful, innovative and provide employment for hundreds of employees. Most importantly to Raycom and to me was maintaining and growing a relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference over so many decades. It is one of the most satisfying accomplishments of my career.”

The television relationship between Raycom and the ACC is believed to be the longest in college sports.

Raycom started operations shortly before ESPN began and launched the careers of many well-known announcers including Jay Bilas, Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Dan Bonner, Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, Mike Patrick, Terry Gannon, Ron Franklin, Bill Walton and Craig James.

In 1999, Raycom was the first sports company to telecast a major sporting event (MVP Basketball Classic) in high definition (HD) and was the first to use virtual signage during a televised sports event (AFLAC LPGA Tourney).

The company also started the Blockbuster Bowl in Ft. Lauderdale, the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, and the Diet Pepsi Tournament of Champions basketball tournament in Charlotte. The company also brought the first major college regular season football games to Bank of America stadium.

The acquisition of the company in 1996 by an Alabama television station entity that named their company Raycom Media was instrumental in keeping Raycom Sports competitive in the television and digital sports market. In 2007, Raycom Media acquired Lincoln Financial Sports (Jefferson-Pilot Sports), making Raycom Sports the nation’s only remaining major college sports syndicator.

Haines credits Raycom Media CEO Paul McTear and Vice President Pat LaPlatney with being “very astute in understanding the changing landscape of video media.”

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.

Before Raycom, Haines was spokesperson and executive assistant to the president at Virginia Tech and managed the Virginia Tech radio network. He is veteran of the U.S. Army.

Haines plans to stay in Charlotte, where he resides with his wife, Stephanie. They have one daughter, Avery, who also resides in Charlotte.

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, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 13 percent of the United States across 18 states.

 

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VIP experience will take place during ACC FanFest in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, December 5

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Charlotte, NC (November 5, 2015) – Think inside the BIG BO BOX. Now through November 23, Bojangles’ fanatics and ACC fans can enter for a chance to win passes to Bojangles’ BIG BO BOX Ultimate ACC Tailgate during the ACC FanFest on Saturday, December 5, before the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The BIG BO BOX Ultimate ACC Tailgate will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the game and will feature delicious menu items from Bojangles’, tailgating activities and visits from ACC team mascots. Only 50 entries will be selected, with each winner permitted to bring one guest to the BIG BO BOX. Each winner and their guest will also receive a Dr Pepper tailgate pack and tickets to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game.

Additionally, one lucky participant will win the grand prize, a Weekend VIP Experience for Two which includes a two-night hotel stay in uptown Charlotte, VIP event activities, and a special meet and greet with FanFest musical guests, country stars Dustin Lynch and Tyler Farr.

“Our Bojangles’ fans love chicken, biscuits and ACC athletics,” said Randy Poindexter, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Bojangles’. “We’re thrilled to give contest winners a one-of-a-kind experience at the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Bojangles’, tailgating and the ACC is a winning combination, and we’re excited to continue this partnership with the BIG BO BOX Ultimate ACC Tailgate.”

Entrants may enter the contest by logging on to www.theacc.com/bobox and filling out a brief entry form. Entrants must be 18 years or older to play.

For more information about Bojangles’, please visit www.bojangles.com.

About Bojangles’, Inc.

Bojangles’, Inc. is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, NC, Bojangles’ serves menu items such as delicious, famous chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, flavorful fixin’s and Legendary Iced Tea®. At June 28, 2015, Bojangles’ had 646 system-wide restaurants, of which 267 were company-operated and 379 were franchised restaurants, primarily located in the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles’ on Facebook and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

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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. Starting this weekend, the online platform will give fans a chance to vote for the best players and coaches in the ACC this season.

Havoline and the ACC Network will let fans vote online for their Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, 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 27th. The fan’s choices will be posted on www.theACC.com.

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

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, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 13 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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2015ACCFanFest

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Live Concerts prior to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game

Charlotte, N.C. – Country music stars Tyler Farr and Dustin Lynch will perform at the 2015 ACC FanFest, officials announced today. ACC FanFest, which is free and open to the public, takes place Saturday, Dec. 5, from noon to 7:00 p.m., leading up to the 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Lynch will perform at 3:30 p.m. and Farr will perform at 5:30 p.m. on the Dr Pepper Stage.

Columbia Nashville recording artist Tyler Farr had his third #1 song in Country music, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar;” off his sophomore album, Suffer In Peace. A week after release, the album was in the top 5 on the BILLBOARD Top 200 Albums and BILLBOARD Country Albums Charts. Previously with the 2013 release of his debut album, Redneck Crazy, Farr was No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200. This made Farr the only solo male country artist in the last 10 years to have his first two studio albums debut in the top-5 on the Billboard 200 Chart. His debut album produced the #1 songs “Redneck Crazy” and “Whiskey In My Water.” 

Broken Bow recording artist Dustin Lynch saw his multi-week #1 single “Where It’s At,” the title track of his sophomore album, certified platinum in July 2015. It marked the second RIAA-certified platinum single for the talented artist who was previously honored for his debut hit “Cowboys And Angels.” He was nominated for breakthrough new artist awards by the American Country Awards, CMT Music awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.

ACC FanFest, located adjacent to Bank of America Stadium and centered at the intersection of Mint and Graham Streets, is the ultimate pregame activity. Football fans of all ages can get into the spirit of ACC Football with interactive games and attractions, team mascots, food and beverage, autograph signings, game merchandise, giveaways and general family fun. Special attractions include live music throughout the day.

The 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played in Charlotte on Saturday, Dec. 5 with a primetime kickoff and gates opening at 6:00 p.m. The game is held at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the Belk Bowl.

Ticket prices begin at $25 for Upper Level and at $55 for Lower Level. All tickets, including Club Level, are available to purchase through the ACC’s official website (http://www.theacc.com/fcgtickets) and through Ticketmaster (http://theacc.co/FCG15tix). Tickets are also be available at the Bank of America Stadium Ticket Office during normal business hours.

Raycom Sports operates ACC FanFest through a partnership with the ACC and the Charlotte Sports Foundation, the local organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Fans can visit www.theacc.com for more information about the game and surrounding events.

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For Immediate Release, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Atlantic Coast Conference and Raycom Sports Announce Bojangles’ As Newest ACC Official Corporate Champion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference and Raycom Sports announced today that Bojangles’ has joined the ACC’s Official Corporate Champion program as the exclusive chicken, biscuits, and iced tea of the ACC. The multi-platform agreement uniquely places Bojangles’ within ACC Network Broadcasts, as well as Conference Digital offerings, in addition to giving the company marketing rights as an Official Corporate Champion. Raycom Sports manages the ACC Official Corporate Champion program.

Bojangles’ will receive benefits that include extensive television and marketing tie-ins with ACC Basketball and Football, as well as all the Conference’s Championship events. Assets include on-site marketing, promotional opportunities, brand exposure, licensing rights, tickets, and integration on the official ACC website.

“The support of the ACC Corporate Champions creates numerous opportunities for our student-athletes,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Bojangles’, with their commitment to excellence and strong presence in the ACC footprint, is a natural and outstanding addition to the ACC Corporate Champions and we look forward to the partnership.”

“As a brand that was born in the Carolinas, it is an honor for Bojangles’ to partner with the ACC,” said Clifton Rutledge, Bojangles’ President and CEO. “Thousands of student-athletes are getting a great education and learning valuable life lessons at these schools, so to be part of what the ACC is doing for student-athletes is gratifying for all of us at Bojangles’.”

Bojangles’ joins the roster of Official Corporate Champions of the ACC that includes Food Lion, Geico, Havoline, New York Life and Toyota.

Bojangles’, Inc. (NASDAQ: BOJA) is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, NC, Bojangles’ serves menu items such as delicious, famous chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, flavorful fixin’s and Legendary Iced Tea®. At June 28, 2015, Bojangles’ had 646 system-wide restaurants, of which 267 were company-operated and 379 were franchised restaurants, primarily located in the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles’ on Facebook and Twitter.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 63rd 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, consisting of 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 and on facebook.com/theACC.

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, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 13 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Raycom Sports Launches Updated ACC Trivia App

Football Trivia Added to Popular App

Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte, N.C.Raycom Sports has launched a football update for ACC Trivia. The popular trivia app, available for free download through Apple and Google Play app stores, now allows fans to challenge their knowledge of ACC Football with thousands of facts and figures. The app still features ACC Basketball trivia.

Fans of all ACC teams can now test their knowledge of the ACC gridiron, track their own results, challenge and compete against friends, and share scores on social media. ACC Trivia is sortable by sport, school and skill level and fans can compete for both conference and school leaderboards. Additionally, throughout the ACC Football season, fans can represent their teams against that week’s rival fanbase in a collective competition.

“Following the release of ACC Trivia for basketball, we’re pleased to expand this app to cover ACC Football content,” said Trey Walters, Senior Director of New Media for Raycom Sports. “This platform continues to be an engaging way for fans to interact, remember and relive great performances, conference milestones and ACC Football tradition.”

For more information, please visit theACC.com/trivia.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 63rd 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, consisting of 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 and on facebook.com/theACC.

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, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 13 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Raycom Sports Launches New App for 2015,
ACC QB Challenge Presented by KIOTI Tractor

In addition, fans can enter to win a new KIOTI Tractor

Charlotte, N.C.Raycom Sports, in partnership with KIOTI Tractor, has launched the ACC QB Challenge Presented by KIOTI Tractor. The football gaming app, now available for free download through Apple and Google Play app stores, allows fans to compete in passing challenges as their favorite school. As part of the app’s launch, KIOTI is offering fans an opportunity to win a KIOTI CS2410 tractor with the 2015 ACC QB Challenge – KIOTI Tractor Giveaway.

“We are proud to continue to push the envelope in engaging mobile platforms for college sports with ACC QB Challenge presented by KIOTI Tractor,” said Trey Walters, Senior Director of New Media for Raycom Sports.  “Following our success kicking field goals with ACC Football Challenge the last couple years, the new passing style app takes the next step in the evolution of college sports mobile gaming.”

The ACC QB Challenge Presented by KIOTI Tractor features first-person football passing style game play with receivers running a variety of route combinations – the goal being to hit as many receivers and be as accurate as possible.  ACC QB Challenge game formats will include head-to-head, season, rivalry and practice modes.

The rivalry mode allows fans to represent their schools and play against the fan base of their team’s ACC opponent that week with score updates provided in the app, online and in ACC Network broadcasts. Season mode will let the user play their team’s ACC Football season, facing off against both home and away opponents with the chance to advance to the ACC Championship game.

Within each format, fans can share scores on Facebook and Twitter as well as keep track of overall performance on conference and school leaderboards. Throughout the season, the ACC along with KIOTI Tractor will be engaging users in social contests to post high scores and compete for prizes.

“We are excited to partner with Raycom Sports to be the presenting sponsor for their newest ACC football gaming app,” says Peter Dong Kyun Kim, president and chief executive officer of Daedong-USA,Inc., KIOTI Tractor Division. “This partnership is a great addition to our overall branding strategy as it creates a unique and integrated opportunity to support and engage our dealers, customers and fans with the KIOTI brand in one of the fastest-growing handheld digital arenas.”

Coinciding with launch of the app, the sweepstakes promotion allows fans 18 and older to enter to win a new CS2410 KIOTI tractor, complete with mid-mount mower and front-end loader. Fans may enter through the app or online September 5th through November 30th. There is no purchase necessary to win and only one entry per valid email address will be accepted. For full contest rules and to enter online, please visit www.theACC.com/tractor.

Headquartered in Wendell, N.C., KIOTI Tractor is a market-driven company that has been supplying tractor models in the 22-90 horsepower range to the U.S. and Canadian markets for almost 30 years. Building on the company’s core product line and history of innovation, KIOTI has recently expanded its offerings by introducing new models to the RX, NX, CK, PX and DK10 Series, as well as expanding its UTV offerings to include the MECHRON® 2200PS UTV and MECHRON® 2240 2 ROW UTV. For more information on KIOTI or KIOTI products please visit your authorized KIOTI Tractor dealer, call 877-GO-KIOTI, visit www.KIOTI.com and follow KIOTI on facebook.com/kiotitractor.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 63rd 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, consisting of 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 and on facebook.com/theACC.

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, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 13 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Syndicated program will preview the upcoming ACC football season 

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports will preview the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference football season this weekend with the ACC Blitz Kickoff Special, hosted by Katie Witham and Tommy Bowden.

Witham and Bowden, who host the ACC Blitz Powered by Ram Trucks studio show every Saturday at noon preceding the ACC Network game of the week, break down each school’s strengths, weaknesses, schedule and key players.

The show includes player spotlights on a trio of quarterbacks poised to make an impact on the ACC this season; Clemson sophomore Deshaun Watson, Miami sophomore Brad Kaaya and NC State redshirt senior Jacoby Brissett. Also featured will be the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Pittsburgh junior running back James Conner, and Virginia Tech All-American junior cornerback Kendall Fuller.

In addition, ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel will debut the first ACC Power Poll of the season.

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.RaycomSports.com/2015ACCKickoffShow.

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 13 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Season Wraps Up with Georgia Tech Quarterback Justin Thomas, Former NC State great Jerricho Cotchery, Florida State’s Inspirational Payton Poulin and All-Access Gameday Around the ACC

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” completes its twelfth season this weekend with Episode 6. The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show features Georgia Tech starting quarterback Justin Thomas. A star player out of Prattville High School in Alabama, Thomas seemed destined for a legendary career at the University of Alabama. He led his team to the state title and was heavily recruited by the Crimson Tide and Florida State. The young man whose middle name is Bryant, after the legendary Crimson Tide coach, committed to Alabama.  But after talks of a position change, he de-committed and signed with Georgia Tech and never looked back. See how that decision was the best for both Thomas and the Yellow Jackets.

Spend time with former NC State receiver Jerricho Cotchery. The 12-year NFL pro is currently playing for the Carolina Panthers.  But life hasn’t been so easy for the former Wolfpack great. Growing up in a big family in Birmingham, Alabama, Cotchery joined a gang at the age of 12. But surviving a car crash that killed his friend pushed Cotchery to change his life. That included dedicating himself to football, where he became a two-time All-State receiver. He attended NC State with future NFL Quarterback Philip Rivers, and together they assaulted the Wolfpack record book.  But family has always been a priority as we head home with Jerricho to meet his wife and 4 adopted children.

Then meet an inspiration to the Florida State football team in Payton Poulin. The longtime Seminoles fan suffers from schizencephaly, similar to cerebral palsy, but has fought to live a normal life. With a goal of attending FSU, he chose schoolwork over physical therapy while in High School. After admission to FSU, he was invited to attend a practice by head coach Jimbo Fisher and Poulin instantly connected with the team. He has not missed a practice since.  Hear how his fight off the field inspired the Seminoles to the 2014 National Championship.

And with college football starting in two weeks, All-Access lets fans get ready for the season by enjoying all the sights and sounds of gameday on campuses around the ACC.

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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Spotlights Syracuse Legend Larry Csonka, North Carolina Quarterback Marquise Williams and
All-Access with the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, Skipper at Virginia Tech and Chief Osceola at Florida State

 

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its twelfth season this weekend with Episode 5. The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show features a two-part spotlight of Syracuse running back and NFL Hall of Famer Larry Csonka. Growing up in Ohio and working on dairy farms, Csonka learned the importance of hard work and the ability to be self-sufficient. Despite quitting football in the 7th grade, he returned after gaining a working knowledge of the game. That knowledge, combined with size and strength, made him an imposing force at Syracuse and then in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. The Hall of Famer led the Dolphins to the only undefeated season in history, all the while embracing a team-first attitude.

But the wilderness of Alaska was always on his mind, beginning at the age of five. Living in Alaska five months a year for almost two decades, Csonka revels in the natural beauty, often inviting former teammates to share the experience. Visit with Csonka in his Alaskan paradise as he talks about his love of life away from “the lower 48” and how that love resulted in his hosting the popular travel show “North to Alaska” for 16 years.

Then spend time with North Carolina’s Marquise Williams. The senior quarterback plays with a chip on his shoulder, and never wants to forget his small town roots. Growing up in Shelby, N.C., Williams has played QB since he was eight years old. But it took a move to Charlotte for high school to get recruiters to notice his talents. Nicknamed “Big Country,” he led Mallard Creek H.S. to a state title and committed to the Tar Heels after his junior season. Learn how playing behind Bryn Renner helped him become a better player and why he has become the leader of Coach Fedora’s spread offense.

And in All-Access, get a closer look at three ACC traditions. Get behind-the-scenes at the Carrier Dome, the imposing home field of Syracuse. Then visit with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets as they maintain Skipper, the legendary cannon named in honor of JFK. And experience planting the spear with Florida State’s Chief Osceola.

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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