This Week Spotlights Pittsburgh Coaching Legend Johnny Majors, Georgia Tech Defensive End Jeremiah Attaochu and Road Trip to Miami for a session with the Golden Knights

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its tenth season with Episode 2 this weekend. The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 75 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show features an in-depth interview with Johnny Majors who led Pittsburgh to an undefeated season and the 1976 National Championship. Majors football career started at the University of Tennessee where he finished as the runner-up to Paul Horning for the 1956 Heisman Trophy.

Majors took over the Pittsburgh football team in 1973 and four years later guided the Panthers to a 12-0 record, a Sugar Bowl win over fifth ranked Georgia, and the national title. He returned to Tennessee and took over his alma mater the next year. He led the Vols to three SEC titles in 16 years at Tennessee. Dave Baker talks with the “Drum” Major, as he reflects on his Hall of Fame career and why he has returned to Knoxville.

Then visit with Georgia Tech senior defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu. After playing linebacker his first three seasons at GT, Attaochu will move to the line for his final season. On four preseason watch lists for individual defensive player awards, he is expected to be one of the top defenders and pass rushers in the ACC. But his journey began with his father’s decision to move the family from Nigeria to the United States to give them better opportunities. Hear how his parents’ hard work has motivated him to be successful on and off the field.

And ACC Road Trip travels to Miami, where host Tommy Kane goes back to school at Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Learn about the school’s research vessel and facilities, as well as its hurricane studies. Kane then trains with the U.S. Army parachute team, the Golden Knights, before dropping in on the tailgating festivities on gameday for Hurricanes.

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit http://www.raycomsports.com/football-saturdays-in-the-south/.

Based in Charlotte, Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports marketing, event management and production firm. Raycom is the syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Veterans Steve Martin and Tim Brant will again split play-by-play duties with analyst Dave Archer in booth, Rachel Baribeau joins team on the sidelines;
Tom Werme and Tommy Bowden return for ACC Blitz

Charlotte, N.C.Raycom Sports today announced the ACC Network broadcast team for the 2013 ACC football season. Veteran ACC Network announcers Steve Martin and Tim Brant will once again split play-by-play duties in the booth during the season. They will team up with Dave Archer, who begins his fourth season as analyst for ACC telecasts. Rachel Baribeau will join the ACC Network team as sideline reporter this season, as Mike Hogewood retires from the sidelines after 26 years.

In addition, Tom Werme and Tommy Bowden return to the studio for the ACC Blitz powered by Ram.

Martin is a 45-year broadcast veteran and one of the most recognizable voices in the Southeast. He serves as a play-by-play man for ACC Network football and basketball telecasts. This is his 22nd year overall as college football play-by-play man for Raycom Sports. Steve is the coordinator of broadcast operations for the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and the television play-by-play host. He also served as vice president of broadcast operations for the New Orleans/Charlotte Hornets.

Brant handles play-by-play duties for ACC Network Football and Basketball telecasts. He has spent nearly forty years covering sports for Raycom, CBS and ABC Sports. Currently he is Vice President and Sports Director for ABC 7 / WJLA-TV in Washington DC. He has served many roles including sideline reporter, analyst and play-by-play. He is a veteran of two Olympics and for more than a decade was the morning co-host for ABC-owned WMAL Radio in Washington, DC. A star linebacker and defensive captain at Maryland, he was with the Washington Redskins before a career-ending knee injury.

Archer was part of Raycom’s SEC broadcasts for seven seasons. Since 2003 he has also served as a radio analyst for the Atlanta Falcons. An eight-year veteran of the NFL, he played quarterback for the Falcons, Redskins, Chargers and Eagles. He also played 5 years in the CFL and one in the WLAF, where he won a World Bowl championship and was the game MVP. Archer played collegiately at Iowa St. and was inducted into the ISU Hall of Fame in 2005.

Baribeau is a 2003 graduate of the Auburn University Broadcast Journalism program. She has worked with national broadcasters such as Fox Sports, ESPN, CBS Sports and Yahoo. Her various posts include roles such as: Sports Editor, Sports Radio Talk Show Host, Sideline Reporter, Internet Anchor and Field Reporter. In 2008, she became the first known female Sports Reporter to ever participate in a Professional Football Training Camp.

Werme is a 20-year broadcast veteran. He works with the ACC Digital Network, and also appears on ESPN platforms, FOX Sports South and the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play announcer for a variety of sports, including basketball and football. Werme’s station experience includes stops in Boston, Providence, and Springfield. Werme continues to do sports anchor work for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

Tommy Bowden is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, posting a 72-45 record as the head coach for Clemson University in almost ten seasons. The Tigers were bowl eligible every year he was there. He guided Clemson to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game in 2009. Prior to Clemson, he led Tulane University to an 18-4 record over two seasons and earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors. His 1998 Tulane squad went 12–0 and achieved a top-10 final ranking in both polls. Bowden is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he played wide receiver.

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 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 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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This Week Spotlights Carolina Panthers Quarterback and Former Auburn Great Cam Newton, UNC Quarterback Bryn Renner, and Road Trip to NC State’s Nationally Recognized Veterinary School

Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” begins its tenth season this weekend.  The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 75 markets throughout the country.

This week’s show will highlight Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. After leading Auburn to its first national championship in 53 years, Newton continued his success in the NFL, breaking Peyton Manning’s rookie passing record en route to NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Hear how his hard work and dedication led to his successes both in college and the NFL. Also hear why giving back to the community is an important part of his life off the field.

We also visit with North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner. Entering his senior season as the signal caller for the Tar Heels, expectations are high for Renner, both in his performance and leadership. See how he is spending his offseason preparing under the tutelage of his father Bill, a former high school coach and football player for Virginia Tech and the Green Bay Packers.

Then check in on two of the ACC’s most exciting players, running backs Stefon Diggs of Maryland and Duke Johnson of Miami. As freshmen, both players provided explosiveness and energy to their teams and quickly became stars. Hear how they plan to fulfill those expectations during their sophomore campaigns.

And ACC Road Trip will travel to NC State. Host Tommy Kane spends the day with the nationally-acclaimed veterinary school tending to animals, in addition to touring the on-site creamery. Then attentions are turned to tailgating before the Wolfpack upset of Florida State.

For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit http://www.raycomsports.com/football-saturdays-in-the-south/.

Based in Charlotte, Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports marketing, event management and production firm. Raycom is the syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Episode 3, the season finale of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, ACC Basketball: Kings of the Court, will begin airing this weekend through the month of March. Each half-hour show 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 ACC Network’s Cory Alexander, former University of Virginia standout and 8-year NBA guard, is the host.

The third show, scheduled to debut this weekend, profiles former NC State great Tommy Burleson. Burleson, along with David Thompson and Monte Towe, led the Wolfpack to the 1974 NCAA Championship as they dethroned 7-time defending champion UCLA in the semifinals and beat Marquette for the title. The 2-time ACC Tournament MVP talks about the Wolfpack’s ride to the championship and one of the greatest games in ACC history, the conference title game against Maryland. Tommy also brings us to the mountains of North Carolina to tell us about his plans for his hometown.

Then spend some time with former Wake Forest forward Rodney Rogers. The 1993 ACC Player of the Year, Rogers went on to a 13-year pro career. After basketball, he returned to Durham and worked as a supervisor for the city of Durham Public Works Department. An avid outdoorsman, Rogers was riding a dirt bike four years ago when he hit a ditch and fell over his handlebars and was paralyzed.  Rodney talks about that tragic day and how he remains optimistic about the future.

For complete information on the ACC Basketball: 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 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, Alabama, owns and operates 46 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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Fan votes in each of the final 4 rounds will determine best all-time dunk in ACC history

http://theacc.co/dunkuary-bracket022713

Charlotte, NC: The ACC Digital Network, brought to you by Ruby Tuesday, announces the Final 16 Bracket for #Dunkuary, a month-long competition that began on February 11 with the goal of empowering fans to determine the best dunk in ACC history.  Beginning today, the winning Dunkuary nominee from each of the 12 member schools and four wildcards will begin to compete for fan votes as they go through each round.  The wildcards were hand selected by Jeff Fischel, host of the ACC Digital Network.

“Our ACC fans are smart hoops people,” said Jeff Fischel. “They did a great job in round one of Dunkuary, but now the voting moves faster, and the decisions will be tougher. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

The first round of the top 16 has a variety of great dunks spanning the years, including two matchups of dunks 16 years apart. Making it even more interesting are the recent dunk nominees, including a current player, who will go up against historic greats such as Michael Jordan, Len Bias and Gene Banks.

“I am humbled to have one of my dunks selected for this competition,” said K.J. McDaniels of Clemson University, the only current player nominee. “The Atlantic Coast Conference has such a prestigious history of great athletes and dunkers, and it’s an honor to even be mentioned in the same breath as some of them.”

The complete lineup for the Round of 16 includes: (# indicates each dunk’s seeding)

#1 Vince Carter-UNC ’96 v. #16 Gene Banks-Duke ‘80

#2 Dahntay Jones-Duke ’03 v. #15 Mustapha Farrakhan-UVa ’10

#3 Michael Jordan-UNC ’84 v. #14 Corey Raji-BC ’10

#4 Dequan Jones-Miami ’09 v. #13 Steve Francis-Maryland ’99

#5 Ishma’il Muhammad-GT ’06 v. #12 Alexander Johnson-FSU ’06

#6 Deron Washington-VT ’08 v. #11 Gavin Grant-NC State ’07

#7 Damon Thornton-NC State ’00 v. #10 Len Bias-Maryland ‘86

#8 K.J. McDaniels-Clemson ’13 v. #9 Jeff Teague-WF ’09

Fans may view the full Round of 16 #Dunkuary bracket and vote for their favorite dunk on www.theacc.com/dunkuary.

Voting schedule is as follows:

Round of 16                        Begins:  February 27, 2013            noon ET                Ends: March 1, 2013        9 am ET

Quarterfinals                     Begins:  March 1, 2013                   noon ET                Ends: March 4, 2013        9 am ET

Semifinals                           Begins:  March 4, 2013                   noon ET                Ends: March 7, 2013        9 am ET

Championship                   Begins:  March 7, 2013                   noon ET                Ends: March 11, 2013      9 am ET

The results of each Dunkuary round and the winners that advance to the next round will be revealed during the ACC Digital Network’s live daily show, ACC Live.  On Monday, March 11 at noon ET, the ACC Digital Network will feature a special edition of ACC Live with a Dunkuary All-Time Best Dunk in ACC History Announcement Show.

ABOUT THE ACC DIGITAL NETWORK

The ACC Digital Network (ACCDN) is a joint venture between Silver Chalice, a fast-growing 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.  For more information visit, www.theaccdn.com or subscribe to www.youtube.com/accdn.

ABOUT THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 60th year of competition, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships, including 67 in women’s competition and 60 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 146 times in men’s competition and 102 times in women’s action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

Contacts:
Matt Carstens: matt@silverchalice.com
The ACC Digital Network & Silver Chalice

Amy Yakola: ayakola@theacc.org
The ACC

New Members Pittsburgh, Syracuse Included in 14-Team Slate;
Ambitious Schedule Has ACC Teams Playing Nine Games Against
Opponents Ranked in Final 2012 AP Top 10; ESPN.com’s 2013 Early Preseason Top 10

2013 ACC Football Schedule Release
http://theacc.co/13FBschedule

2013 ACC Football Composite Schedule, Team-by-Team Schedule
http://theacc.co/13FBschedule-teams

2013 ACC Football Composite Schedule
http://theacc.co/13FBschedule-pdf

GREENSBORO, N.C.–The 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule released Monday by Commissioner John Swofford is a slate which is the largest in league history, incorporating new league members Pittsburgh and Syracuse into the 14-team ACC, and it may also be one of the most ambitious in the league’s 61-year history.

Ambitious because conference members are playing 11 games against non-conference opponents that finished the 2012 football season ranked in the nation’s Top 25, nine games with non-conference teams ranked in the final AP Top Ten, including contests against each of the top four teams in the USA Today’s final poll. Nine games are against teams projected by ESPN in its Early Top 10 for the 2013 season.

“The 2013 ACC Football schedule showcases some tremendous matchups this year as our league is arguably playing the toughest nonconference schedule in the country,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This is an exciting year as we look forward to welcoming Pitt and Syracuse into the ACC. Both teams are opening league play at home, with Florida State at Pitt on Labor Day Monday Night and in its first ACC game, Clemson at Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.”

No other BCS Automatic Qualifier conferences will play more than eight non-conference games against 2012 Top 25 foes and no more than four games against 2012 Top 10 non-conference opponents.

When Florida State (8th) and Clemson (9th), each ranked in the final USA Today Top 10, are included in the schedule, ACC teams will face eight of the final Top 10 teams in the Coaches poll.

The Conference will again enjoy national exposure on Labor Day Monday, as Pitt, in its first ACC football game, hosts defending ACC champion Florida State at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., in a nationally-televised prime-time contest on ESPN. The game, which will have an 8 pm (ET) kickoff, will nationally showcase a pair of opponents who have not met on the gridiron in 30 years. The Seminoles last ventured to Pittsburgh in 1983. The game will mark the sixth time the Seminoles have appeared on the ACC’s Labor Day Monday Night contest.

In all, the schedule is comprised of 113 games and incorporates new conference members Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Syracuse will compete in the Atlantic Division and will play its first official ACC game against Clemson at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Oct. 5. Pitt will compete in the ACC’s Coastal Division. All ACC teams will face eight conference opponents.

The schedule includes 56 regular-season conference match-ups over a span of 14 weeks and is capped off with the Ninth Annual Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game, which returns to Charlotte, N.C. this year and will be played on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Bank of America Stadium.

ACC teams will face 56 games against 48 nonconference opponents which had a combined winning percentage of .558 in 2012–by far the highest of any of the BCS AQ Conferences–including 43 games against FBS opponents who won .566 percent of their games last fall, also the highest.

From the final 2012 USA Today poll, ACC teams will face national champion Alabama (Virginia Tech), No. 2-ranked Oregon (Virginia), No. 3-ranked Notre Dame (Pitt) and No. 4-ranked Georgia (Georgia Tech, Clemson), as well as No. 7 South Carolina (North Carolina, Clemson) and No. 10 Florida (Miami, Florida State).

Twenty-three of the league’s 56 nonconference games (41 percent) are against 17 teams that earned bowl berths in 2012, again the most of any AQ league.

Including games against the eight ACC teams which earned bowl bids in 2012, no ACC team plays fewer than five opponents who went to bowl games last fall, with Virginia facing the most with eight followed by Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pitt and Wake Forest with seven each.

Adding in North Carolina (8-4) and Miami (7-5), no ACC school will play fewer than six teams with six or more wins, including Virginia which will face a league-high 10 opponents followed by Georgia Tech and Pitt, which will each face nine foes who had six or more wins in 2012.

ACC teams will also play nine non-conference games against six teams selected by ESPN.com in its early preseason Top 25 including matches with projected top-ranked Alabama (Virginia Tech), fifth-ranked Oregon (Virginia), sixth-ranked Georgia (Clemson and Georgia Tech), seventh-ranked Florida (Miami and Florida State), ninth-ranked Notre Dame (Pitt) and 10th-ranked South Carolina (North Carolina and Clemson).

ACC schools will play a total of 11 non-conference games against teams tabbed by ESPN.com in the early preseason Top 25 as Syracuse will also face Northwestern (projected to be 24th) and Wake Forest will play at Vanderbilt (projected to be 25th). Clemson is ranked 11th and Florida State 16th in the most recent ESPN Preseason Top 25.

Nonconference opponents who earned bowl bids this past season include Alabama, Ball State, BYU (2 games with the ACC), Central Michigan, East Carolina (3 games), Florida (2 games), Georgia (2 games), Louisiana Monroe, Navy (2 games), Nevada, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Southern California, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

In all, the ACC will play five games nationally-televised by ESPN on Thursday night beginning with North Carolina travelling to South Carolina (Aug. 29) for the first Thursday night game of the year on ESPN. NC State then hosts Clemson on Thursday night (Sept. 19) followed by Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (Sept. 26); Miami at North Carolina (Oct. 17) and Georgia Tech at Clemson (Nov. 14).

The league will also play two games nationally-televised Friday games, with Boston College hosting and Wake Forest on Sept. 6, a game which will have an 8 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2; and Pittsburgh hosting Miami on Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 29, in a game which will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with the game time to be determined at a later date.

PrimeSport: Official Ticket Exchange and Hospitality Provider of the ACC

Atlanta, GA, February 20, 2013PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events on the planet, announced today the launch of the Official ACC Ticket Exchange for the 2013 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament.  The 60th Annual ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place March 14-17, 2013 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.

The Official ACC Ticket Exchange allows fans to buy and sell tickets online for every round of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in a convenient, safe and guaranteed environment.  Ticket holders who are unable to attend a game or find their team eliminated prior to the championship game, have a place to safely sell their tickets.  Buyers can be assured that the tickets are authentic and guaranteed, even if the game is sold-out.

“PrimeSport is a leader in building and managing online ticket exchanges for high-profile sporting events and we’re pleased to be working with them for this year’s ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

As part of the partnership, PrimeSport will also manage and produce the Official ACC VIP Pregame Hospitality for the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament.  This will be a new offering for the dedicated fan looking for the VIP Experience at each of these events. Official pregame hospitality takes place prior to each game and may include premium hosted bar, culinary stations, and the chance to rub elbows with legendary ACC players and coaches.

“The ACC is loaded with exciting, national powerhouse basketball programs, and this year’s ACC tournament is going to be an event college basketball fans won’t want to miss,” said Sam Soni, President of PrimeSport. “Through our relationship with the ACC, fans can enjoy the tournament knowing they have secure tickets, and are buying directly from the only ACC-sanctioned ticket and VIP hospitality provider.”

For more information on all offerings available for the 2013 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, click here.

About PrimeSport
PrimeSport is the leader in providing access to the biggest sporting events on the planet, offering tickets, travel packages, and VIP hospitality events for corporations, professional sports teams and fans. Official partnerships with professional and college sports organizations include multiple NFL teams, the Rose Bowl Game®, BCS National Championship, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, State Farm Champions Classic, Jimmy V Classic, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, ACC Football Championship, ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, University of Arizona, UNLV, Tulane University, and Feld Motor Sports.  The company is also the official ticket and hospitality package provider for select NCAA Championships including the 2013 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four®, 2013 NCAA Men’s College World Series®, 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four® and 2013 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four®. PrimeSport is a privately-held company, headquartered in Atlanta, GA.  For more information, visit www.primesport.com or call 800/591-9198.

About Atlantic Coast Conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 60th year of competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships, including 67 in women’s competition and 60 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 145 times in men’s competition and 104 times in women’s action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

NCAA, College World Series, Final Four, Frozen Four, March Madness, The NCAA Experience, Road to the Final Four, Selection Sunday and Women’s Final Four are trademarks licensed or owned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Daily ACC Sports Programming and Highlights Now Available Across Online, Blu-ray,

and Connected TV Platforms

Charlotte, NC – Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - The ACC Digital Network today announced several strategic partnerships to distribute video content greatly expanding its reach and allowing fans to follow their teams through a multitude of platforms. The new partners announced today, combined with the established content destinations of YouTube, theACC.com, and hundreds of local newspaper and media sites make the ACC Digital Network content available across more than 300 million devices.

For the first time, fans will be able to access the ACC Digital Network’s live and on-demand programming through connected TVs, Blu-ray players, mobile and tablet video services on major wireless carriers, and internet delivered programming packages.

New partners include:

  • USATODAY Sports Digital Properties, part of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group, the fourth-largest digital sports destination in the country (according to January 2013 comScore metrics) with more than 23 million monthly unique users consuming national, local and enthusiast sports content. (www.usatoday.com/sports)
  • · Synacor; A white-label provider of next-gen startpages, TV Everywhere solutions, and Cloud Identity Management (IDM) services with over forty-five major cable, satellite, telecom, and consumer electronics customers including Verizon, Charter, CenturyLink, Dish Network, Toshiba and Lenovo. (www.synacor.com)
  • · Sony BRAVIA Televisions and Blu-ray™ players (www.sony.com)
  • · MobiTV;  A global white label provider powering multiscreen video solutions to tier one carriers and operators (www.mobitv.com)
  • · Roku ®; A leading streaming platform for delivering video, music and casual games to the TV.  For more information, visit www.roku.com
  • · Sky Angel Faith Everywhere; Features a robust line-up of faith-based linear channels and VOD options available through the computer or iPad ®(www.skyangelewebtv.com)
  • · Dailymotion; As one of the leading sites for sharing videos, Dailymotion attracts over 106 million unique monthly visitors (source: comScore, Inc., Video Metrix, March 2012)  and 2.5 billion videos views worldwide, offering the best content from users, independent content creators and premium partners. (www.dailymotion.com)
  • · blinkx and its video search engine (www.blinkx.com)

Each of these services will deliver the ACC Digital Network’s daily news and highlights from all the league’s sponsored sports, including football, basketball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse.

“This is another giant step in the evolution of the ACC Digital Network,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “These new partnerships continue to broaden our fans ability to follow the ACC and its member schools anytime, anyplace and anywhere.”

“College sports have some of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet, and they’re turning to the internet to get highlights, insight, and exclusive video from their favorite conferences and schools,” said Chris Pirrone, General Manager of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. “We’re excited to add the ACC Digital Network’s video programming to our suite of sports content. The timing could not be better as it will provide our audience with unique coverage of ACC basketball and all the great action in March.”

ABOUT THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 60th year of competition, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships, including 67 in women’s competition and 60 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 146 times in men’s competition and 102 times in women’s action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

ABOUT THE ACC DIGITAL NETWORK

The ACC Digital Network (ACCDN) is a joint venture between Silver Chalice, a fast-growing 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.

ABOUT SILVER CHALICE

Silver Chalice builds and operates a fast-growing portfolio of high-value digital media businesses in the fields of sports and entertainment. At the forefront of these digital media businesses are the launch and development of The ACC Digital Network (ACCDN), Campus Insiders (CI) and Total College Sports (TCS). Silver Chalice’s clients and partners range from professional sports leagues and intercollegiate athletic conferences to entertainment powers and major media companies.

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


CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
Episode 2 of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, ACC Basketball: Kings of the Court will begin airing for the month of February this weekend. Each half-hour show 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 ACC Network’s Cory Alexander, a former University of Virginia standout and 8-year NBA guard, is the host.

The second show, scheduled to debut this weekend, profiles former Duke guard Jay Williams, who led the Blue Devils to the 2001 NCAA Championship. Hear about his All-American days at Duke, the motorcycle accident that ended his NBA career and his new career as a national television commentator.

Then spend some time with guard Kenny Anderson, who burst onto the college basketball scene in 1989 and helped Georgia Tech to its first ever Final Four appearance in 1990. Host Cory Alexander travels to New York City, where Kenny became a playground star, and talks to him about his career at Georgia Tech and 15 years in the NBA, as well as coaching high school basketball in Florida.

Episodes 3 will be released in March. For complete information on the ACC Basketball: 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 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, Alabama, owns and operates 46 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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“Havoline Football Saturdays in the South” Garners Fourth Emmy Award
for Best Sports Program/Series

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports was honored with two Emmy Awards at the 27th 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 Saturday evening.

The summer weekly series “Havoline Football Saturdays in the South” was honored with its fourth Emmy Award for Best Sports Program/Series. In addition, Raycom Sports won an Emmy Award in the category Sports Event/Game.

Executive Producer Rob Reichley received two Emmy Awards, while Producers David Barringer, Alex Farmartino and Jeremy Williams, Associate Producer Chris Duzan, and Director Billy McCoy each received one Emmy Award.

“Raycom Sports is very excited to be honored with two Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards,” said Jimmy Rayburn, Chief Operating Officer for Raycom Sports. “We are extremely proud to have a team of talented, dedicated and hard-working individuals who work tirelessly to produce the highest quality programming. They are one of the greatest assets to Raycom Sports and we are very pleased to see them recognized 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 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, Alabama, owns and operates 46 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.

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