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

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.

For Immediate Release

Syndicated program will preview the upcoming ACC basketball season
with hosts Tom Werme, Cory Alexander and Mike Gminski

Charlotte, N.C.Raycom Sports will preview the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference basketball season beginning this weekend with the “ACC Network Tip-off Special,” syndicated to over 100 markets and hosted by Tom Werme, Cory Alexander and Mike Gminski. The team will preview all 15 ACC schools, and look back at Duke’s run to the National Championship.

The show will take an in-depth look at Notre Dame’s run to the ACC Tournament title last March, in addition to a feature on Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, the ACC Co-Player of the Year. ACC Network analysts Alexander and Gminski will give their insights and predictions on the season. And Werme will preview some of the ACC Network’s marquee games.

Get a preview of the fifth season of the acclaimed series, “Havoline Kings of the Court.” Catch a sneak peek of some of the ACC Legend stories for this upcoming season, including Clemson’s Horace Grant, the 1987 ACC Player of the Year who went on to win four NBA Championships, and Virginia Tech’s Dell Curry and his family, who show how strong family values have translated to basketball success for sons Seth and Steph Curry.

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

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 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

Link: http://theacc.co/ACCDNGuestReporter151125

Student Contributions will be available on theACC.com as part of the ACCDN’s expansive coverage of the ACC Football Championship Game

Wednesday, November 25, 2015- Charlotte, N.C.: The ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) concluded its Second-Annual Guest Reporter Search Campaign today with the announcement of its winners, Rebecca Fiorentino and Rachel Eagleton. With three-times the amount of entrants from last year, this year’s campaign proved to be very competitive. Contestants submitted quality content and were very engaged on social media.

Courtney Cox, from the ACCDN, compiled a video of some of the biggest social plays of the campaign. Link: http://ow.ly/V46bN

ACCDN Guest Reporter Winner, Rebecca Fiorentino, graduated from NC State in 2014 and currently works in the Duke Athletic Department where she is the Assistant Director of the Blue Devil Network. Rachel Eagleton, the other ACCDN Guest Reporter Winner, is a Junior at Clemson University and writes for Clemson Athletics.

On Monday evening, ACC Digital Network hosts, Jeff Fischel and Courtney Cox, called both Fiorentino and Eagleton to  personally congratulate them on becoming the next ACCDN Guest Reporter. Watch this video that captured the reactions of the ACCDN Guest Reporters. Link:  http://ow.ly/3ytPXI

The ACCDN received many entries from talented individuals. The judging process was based on contestants entries, personalities and engagement on social media. Listed below are the contestants that were named second-round finalists:

  • Rachel Eagleton, Clemson
  • Rebecca Fiorentino, Duke
  • TJ Hartnett, Boston College
  • Ariya Massoudi, Florida State
  • Jasmine Minor, Georgia Tech
  • Kaitlin Moose, Clemson Alum
  • Maggie Tyler, Virginia Tech
  • Victoria Vesce, NC State

The ACCDN would like to thank everyone who participated and made this campaign so successful. Be on the lookout for the ACCDN Basketball Guest Reporter Search in 2016. For more information about the Guest Reporter Search Campaign and the ACCDN, follow @theACCDN on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

ABOUT THE ACC DIGITAL NETWORK

The ACC Digital Network (theACCDN) is a joint venture between Silver Chalice, a leading digital sports and entertainment media firm and Raycom Sports, a long-time television producer and partner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The television-quality, cross-platform digital video network covers the spectrum of one of the nation’s top intercollegiate athletic conferences, featuring both live programming and original on-demand content throughout the entire year.  All ACCDN videos are viewable on theACC.com, the ACC mobile and tablet app, as well as various streaming and connected mobile and TV devices such as Amazon Fire, Apple TV, go90TM and Roku. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACCDN on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports was nominated for seven 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 February 27, 2016 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

The summer weekly series “Havoline Football Saturdays” was nominated for the eighth straight year. It has won five Emmy Awards. Raycom was nominated in the category of Sports Event/Game for the fourth straight year, having won in each of the last three.

Producer Jeremy Williams and Associate Producer Max Brooke each received four nominations, Associate Producer Richard Brooke received three nominations, Producers Dave Barringer and Alex Farmartino received two nominations, and Executive Producer Rob Reichley, Associate Producer Chris Duzan, host Cory Alexander, Lonnie Dale, David Daly, Boris Rogers and John Hairston received one nomination.

“We are extremely honored to receive seven nominations for the 2016 Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards,” said Jimmy Rayburn, Chief Operating Officer of Raycom Sports. “Raycom Sports is proud to be recognized by its peers for the high quality of work from our production team.”

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.

30th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Award Nominations

Sports Program Feature                                   

ACC Football Saturdays
Jeremy Williams, Maxwell Brooke, Richard Brooke, Alex Farmartino, Robert Reichley,
David Barringer, Chris Duzan

Brian Stann
David Barringer

The Story of Lorenzo Mauldin
Jeremy Williams

Sports Event/Game                                           

ACC Network: WF @ Syracuse Basketball
Alex Farmartino, Lonnie Dale

Documentary/Historical                                  

Story of Charles Scott
Jeremy Williams, Maxwell Brooke, Richard Brooke, David Daly, Cory Alexander

Promo Spot/Sports

2015 ACC Tournament Promo
Jeremy Williams, John Hairston, Boris Rogers, Maxwell Brooke

The UNC-Duke 2015 ACC Network Tease
Richard Brooke, Maxwell Brooke

 

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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