Link to watch video http://theacc.co/14TourneyIntro

Pop Evil’s single “Trenches,” remixed by DMC, Will Open ACC Network Telecasts 

Charlotte, N.C. – Chart-topping rock group Pop Evil, joined by legendary artist DMC of Run-DMC, will open each ACC Network telecast of the 2014 ACC men’s basketball tournament. Pop Evil’s #1 single “Trenches” has been remixed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each game.

“Pop Evil and DMC have collaborated on an impressive song that really embodies the energy and passion of the ACC Tournament,” said Raycom Sports producer Dave Barringer, who created the opening sequence. “’Trenches’ focuses on the power to control your future, which translates well into the teams fighting their way to the prestigious ACC Championship. By customizing the lyrics, Pop Evil and DMC have captured the growth and change of the ACC Tournament and the teams, from 1954 to the present.”

Pop Evil continues to build on their already impressive career having racked up two #1 singles on America’s Rock Radio, six singles in the Top 10 and 850,000 digital single sales. “Trenches” won the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Song of the Year. The lead singer, Leigh Kakaty, was a finalist for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball Award in high school, averaging 31 points per game as a senior at North Muskegon High School.

Darryl McDaniels, known as DMC, is a pioneer of hip hop culture and a founding member of the rap group Run-DMC. The multi-platinum artist and producer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his group in 2009.

They join a star-studded list of performers featured in Raycom football and basketball telecasts over the years including KISS, Rascal Flatts, tobyMac, Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, 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. 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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Charlotte, N.C. – The ACC Network announced today a new social hub, Tourney Buzz, for the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament during the week of March 10-16. Tourney Buzz is hosted within the tournament coverage on theACC.com and features a revolving mosaic tile-look, updated with real-time relevant content featuring the ACC Tournament and the schools competing. The ACC Network partnered with Mass Relevance, the technology leader in enabling social experiences, to develop the portal (theacc.com/tourneybuzz).

Tourney Buzz will aggregate social media content from Twitter, Vine, Instagram and Facebook, giving fans access to all the sights, sounds and buzz during the tournament. Fans will be able to customize their experience sorting content by school, or get all content associated with the ACC Tournament. A social polling feature will allow fans to vote on who they think will win each game.

During ACC Tournament play, Tourney Buzz will feature a live video window to let fans watch the games while keeping up with social chatter all in one site.

“We are very excited to bring such an engaging and relevant feature to theACC.com,” said Trey Walters, Manager of New Media for Raycom Sports. “We feel Tourney Buzz will be hit with fans as they try to follow the ACC Tournament from a social media perspective.  Having Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram all in one place along with live video of the games will be a unique fan experience.”

“The ACC has raised the bar on what it means to be an elite college basketball conference, and we’re thrilled to partner with the ACC digital team to bring Tourney Buzz to life,” said Brian Foley, Senior Director of Global Sports, Mass Relevance. “There’s no doubt that there will be an enormous swell of social activity around these events, so by providing a single destination for fans to consume the best social content from every relevant source side by side with the live game stream, we’ve successfully achieved our goal of delivering an elevated, interactive viewing experience.”

About the ACC Network

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom Sports operates the ACC Network, the official multi-media platform of the ACC dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms. Built with over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights experience, the ACC Network maximizes the distribution of 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.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., 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. Raycom’s 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.

About Mass Relevance

Mass Relevance helps brands, media and agencies get more from their social media efforts by building social experiences into their marketing strategy. More than 350 major brands, sports teams, publishers and broadcasters trust the Mass Relevance SaaS platform to create real-time consumer engagement by aggregating, filtering, and re-displaying content from any social network to any digital property. In the past three years, Mass Relevance has delivered more than 35 billion pieces of social content to multiple digital surfaces for world-class brands such as Pepsi, Campbell’s, GE, Target, Walgreens and Microsoft. Mass Relevance has also supported iconic events like the Super Bowl and Academy Awards, launches such as The Avengers and Madonna MDNA, and television phenomenons American Idol, X-Factor, 80 Plates and The Voice.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Episode 3 of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “ACC Basketball: 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 in 84 television markets.

The final show of 2014 spotlights former NC State All-American David Thompson. The forward from Boiling Spring outside Shelby, N.C. transitioned from humble beginnings to a local folk hero at Crest Senior High School to the greatest college basketball player in ACC history.

During his time at NC State, Thompson led the Wolfpack to an undefeated season (27-0) in 1973 and a national championship in 1974 (30-1), beating seven-time reigning national champion UCLA Bruins in the semifinals. He was named the ACC Player of the Year three straight years, and the AP National Player of the Year in 1974 and 1975.

He was the #1 draft pick in both the ABA and NBA, eventually signing with the ABA Denver Nuggets. He stayed with the Nuggets after the NBA-ABA merger before playing for the Seatlle Supersonics. He was an All-ABA and All-NBA selection five times. But substance abuse took a toll on his professional and personal life. After putting his life back in order, Thompson now devotes his time mentoring the younger generation, including aspiring basketball players, about taking the right path.

Hear from his high school coach about how Thompson’s career began, and from college teammate and fellow NC State legend Tommy Burleson, and ACC Network commentators Mike Gminski and Dan Bonner about his impact on the college game.

Then spend time with this ACC great as he talks about his exploits at NC State, including the national championship and beating UCLA, and the concussion he suffered after jumping over a teammate to block a shot against Pitt and falling to the floor. Thompson also speaks candidly about his struggle with addiction and the effect it took on his pro career.

Nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Sports Series in each of its first two seasons, “Havoline Kings of the Court” is 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 “ACC Basketball: 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. 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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Charlotte, N.C. – Havoline, the Official Motor Oil of the ACC, and the ACC Network announced today a new free fan interactive promotion. The All-ACC Fan Vote Presented by Havoline will give fans a chance to choose their own First and Second Team All-ACC selections.

From now until March 15, 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 2014 ACC Tournament Championship game on Sunday, March 16.

Fans who vote between now and March 2 can also enter to win a VIP trip to the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament and a change to hang out with Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and Discovery Channel’s Fast ‘N Loud. The All-ACC Fan Vote Presented by Havoline is being promoted on the ACC Network during telecasts, as well as digital platforms such as TheACC.com.

About the ACC Network
In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom Sports operates the ACC Network, the official multi-media platform of the ACC dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms. Built with over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights experience, the ACC Network maximizes the distribution of 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.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., 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. Raycom’s 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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ESPN and ACC Network to broadcast game 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Duke at North Carolina basketball game, originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, has been rescheduled for a 9 p.m. tip on Thursday, February 20, at the Dean E. Smith Center. The game will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network as originally planned.

The game was postponed on Wednesday night due to the winter storm.

TheACC.com

CHAPEL HILL (UNC Athletics) – Tonight’s men’s basketball game between the University of North Carolina and Duke University has been postponed due to inclement weather.  The University of North Carolina will play host to Duke University on Thursday, February 20th, in a makeup date from tonight’s game that was postponed due to inclement weather, as agreed upon by UNC, Duke and Atlantic Coast Conference officials.

The time of the game and television information has not been determined at this time.

“Duke’s bus is not able to get to their campus to pick up the team in time to be able to make the trip to Chapel Hill so we can’t play this evening,” says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “The safety of the teams and officials is the number one priority and this was the best decision to make at this time. Coach Williams, Coach Krzyzewski, (Duke AD) Kevin White and I will be on the phone with the ACC and make a decision as to when to play the game as soon as possible.”

Series highlights Duke All-American Bobby Hurley and Georgia Tech
Standout Mark Price, the 1985 ACC Player of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Episode 2 of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “ACC Basketball: Havoline Kings of the Court,” will begin airing this weekend and 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 in 84 television markets.

Nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Sports Series in each of its first two seasons, “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.

The second show of 2014 spotlights former Duke All-American Bobby Hurley. The guard from Jersey City, N.J. led St. Anthony High School to four straight state titles with his father as coach. During his time at Duke, Hurley led the Blue Devils to two national championships and set the NCAA record for assists with 1,076. Drafted by the Sacramento Kings, Hurley’s pro career was tragically interrupted as a rookie, when an auto accident nearly ended his life. After recovering, Hurley played four seasons in the NBA, but did not attain the success he had in college. But he didn’t stray far from basketball. He joined his younger brother Danny’s coaching staff at Wagner College in 2010 and later at the University of Rhode Island before accepting the head coaching job at the University of Buffalo last year. We visit with Hurley in Buffalo as he talks about his playing days, recovering from the accident and returning to college basketball.

Then spend time with former Georgia Tech standout Mark Price. The guard from Enid, Oklahoma was recruited by Bobby Cremins to play for the Yellow Jackets in the early ‘80s. Despite many critics doubting his size and skill, Price became one of the best point guards in the country, leading GT to the 1985 ACC title while being named ACC Player of the Year. Drafted in 1986, he was one of the most consistent shooters in the NBA. After a 12-year pro career, Price began sharing his knowledge as an assistant coach and consultant to several pro and college teams. Hear how the kid from Oklahoma felt playing for a New York City coach in college and how he is still impacting the game as an NBA assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.

For complete information on “ACC Basketball: 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.

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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“Havoline Football Saturdays” Garners Fifth Emmy Award for Best Sports Program/Series

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports was honored with three Emmy Awards at the 28th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards Program, awarded by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in a ceremony in Nashville this past weekend.

The summer weekly series “Havoline Football Saturdays with Tim Brando” won for the fifth time in six years in the Sports Program/Series category. “Rodney Rodgers: The Durham Bull” (bit.ly/1hFRoGc) won in the category Sports Segment. And the ACC Network broadcast of the 2012 NC State vs. North Carolina football game won for Sports Event/Game Live.

Executive Producer Rob Reichley won three Emmy Awards, Producer Jeremy Williams and Associate Producer Maxwell Brooke each won two Emmy Awards, and Producers David Barringer and Alex Farmartino, Associate Producers Richard Brooke and Chris Duzan, Director Roy Alfers, and Rodney Rogers each won an Emmy Award.

“We are very proud to receive three Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards,” said Jimmy Rayburn, Chief Operating Officer of Raycom Sports. “We have a very talented and dedicated staff that takes pride in their ability to craft high quality and compelling pieces. It is a tremendous honor to once again have them recognized for their work and talents by their peers.”

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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Free Fan Contest Awarding Four 50” TVs and Grand Prize of $5,000


Charlotte, N.C.
– The ACC Network announced today a new free promotion to take place in the month of February. The ACC Network Watch and Win will give fans a chance to win one of four 50” HDTVs or a grand prize of $5,000 cash.

During each ACC Network men’s basketball telecast in February, a code will be revealed. Fans who accurately text the correct keyword game code to 24247 during the broadcast will have a valid entry in the promotion. Only one entry per game code will be counted. Individual text message or data charges may apply.

In order to qualify for the $5,000 grand prize, fans must accurately text at least four of the eight codes, from the same telephone number. To be eligible to win one of the 50” HDTVs, fans must accurately text at least two codes, from the same telephone number. Official Rules may be found online www.theACC.com/WW.

Fans can find their local affiliates for the ACC Network telecasts at www.TheACC.com or www.RaycomSports.com.

Date Tipoff (ET) Matchup Eligible Entry Period (ET)
February 1, 2014 Noon Maryland @ Virginia Tech Noon – 3pm
Boston College @ Notre Dame
February 4, 2014 8pm Maryland @ North Carolina 8pm – 11pm
Georgia Tech @ Clemson
February 8, 2014 Noon North Carolina @ Notre Dame Noon – 3pm
Virginia @ Georgia Tech
February 12, 2014 9pm Duke @ North Carolina 9pm – Midnight
February 15, 2014 3pm NC State @ Syracuse 3pm – 6pm
February 18, 2014 9pm Duke @ Georgia Tech 9pm – Midnight
Virginia @ Virginia Tech
February 22, 2014 Noon Wake Forest @ North Carolina Noon – 3pm
Boston College @ Miami
February 26, 2014 8pm North Carolina @ NC State 8pm – 11pm
Pitt @ Boston College

About the ACC Network

In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom Sports operates the ACC Network, the official multi-media platform of the ACC dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms. Built with over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights experience, the ACC Network maximizes the distribution of 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.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., 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. Raycom’s 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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