Randomly selected winner takes home grand prize trip to 2011 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational

 MAUI, Hawaii – The 2011 EA SPORTSTM Maui Invitational® and the ACC Network today announced the grand prize winner of the ‘ACC Road Trip Pigskin & Paradise Big Ticket Promotion – Win a Trip to Maui,’ which offered fans the chance to win a trip to the 2011 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The sweepstakes, which was promoted through the ACC Network, ran from September 21, 2011 through October 31, 2011 allowed fans to enter the contest simply for “liking” the ACC’s Official Facebook page.

 Nancy Simpson of Kalama, Washington, has been selected as the grand prize winner.  The package for two includes roundtrip air, on island ground transportation, five nights at the Hyatt Maui Resort & Spa, All-Tournament game tickets (including the Duke games), tickets to Sunday night’s An Evening with the Coaches Tip-Off Banquet featuring all teams and coaches, and tickets to the Stadium Club.

 “Partnering with a great event like the EA Sports Maui Invitational allowed us to offer a once in a lifetime trip for two lucky ACC fans,” said Wyatt Hicks, Chief Marketing Officer for the ACC Network. “The quality and variety of ALL the prizes served to drive more fans of the ACC on Facebook, as well as, increase exposure of our ACC Road Trip video features.”

 In addition, Bubba Diggs of North Augusta, South Carolina, was selected as the first place winner. His prize package includes a trip for two to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game in Charlotte, N.C. and a special meet and greet with country music sensation Dierks Bentley.

Additional prizes awarded include 20 copies of EA SPORTS NCAA® Football 2012 and 10 autographed Dierks Bentley photos. A complete list of winners is available online at Facebook.com/theACC.

About the ACC Network
The ACC Network is the official multimedia platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms, the ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports. Built over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights, 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. The ACC Network is managed in Charlotte, N.C.  For more, visit ACCNetwork.com

About the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational
The 28th annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational will launch the college basketball season with a stellar field. The Championship Round includes Island Teams Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA and host Chaminade. Played fewer than 1,000 yards from the Pacific Ocean at Maui’s Lahaina Civic Center Nov. 21-23, four previous Maui champions, Duke (1992, 1997, 2001, 2007), Kansas (1996), Michigan (1985, 1988) and UCLA (2006), will return to the island in search of another Maui title and early-season bragging rights. All eight teams, including Division II Chaminade, participated in the 2011 NCAA® Tournament. The four newly-added Mainland Teams that will participate in the Opening Games and Regional Games, part of the Tournament’s expansion, are Belmont, Middle Tennessee State, Towson and UNCG.

In all, 89 schools representing 21 conferences and 39 states have competed in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, with Maui participants having won an astounding 62 of 73 NCAA championships and 58 of 73 national runner-up spots while comprising 239 of 292 Final Four teams.

For complete Tournament information, visit the official tournament website at mauiinvitational.com or to inquire about travel packages contact Oahu Travel, the official travel agent of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, at 800.826.3822. Follow the tournament on twitter at @EASPORTSMauiInv and on Facebook.

The ESPN networks will combine once again to offer live television coverage of all 12 Championship Round games. For the third straight year, every game will be produced in high definition on ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPNU HD, with the ESPN and ESPN2 games also streaming live on ESPN3.com.

About EA SPORTS
EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world and 2011 marks its eleventh year as title sponsor of the Maui Invitational. With top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences, EA SPORTS delivers personal access to the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA JAM, NCAA® Football, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, and EA SPORTS Active.

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 Raycom Sports and Silver Chalice Team Up on Newest ACC Network Platform, Build Dedicated Digital Studio in Charlotte, N.C.


Charlotte, N.C.
– The Atlantic Coast Conference unveiled its latest media property today, the ACC Digital Network – a fully programmed video network designed, produced, and distributed exclusively for audiences watching on connected devices such as laptops and smartphones.  The ACC Digital Network will provide fans with video coverage that is unique in college sports, combining exclusive access and authentic coverage of ACC sports with a custom-designed studio operation in Charlotte, N.C., that features a dedicated editorial team, a first-class team of hosts and analysts, and an exclusive focus on digital users.

The Digital Network is a joint venture between Raycom Sports, the conference’s long-standing broadcast and marketing partner, and Silver Chalice Ventures, a digital media company focused on building innovative new media properties for sports fans.  The ACC Digital Network is the latest banner under the expanding ACC Network brand, the official multimedia platform of the conference.

The ACC Digital Network features an experienced and knowledgeable talent team led by former NBATV and NBA.com host Kyle Montgomery. In addition, Kelly Nash, who appeared on the CBS12 (West Palm Beach) weekend television series Beyond the Game, will contribute. ACC football experts include former Georgia Tech RB Dorsey Levens and former Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner.  Additional contributions will be made by former standout ACC players and coaches such as Tommy Bowden.

ACC alumni and fans will now have instant access to programming exclusively dedicated to ACC Sports, featuring the latest and most in-depth coverage ever available.  The Digital Network will provide regularly scheduled programming throughout the week and heavy game day coverage featuring full pregame and postgame highlights, news and analysis.

In addition to its home on theACC.com, the ACC Digital Network will be viewable through a variety of other platforms including the ACC’s official iPhone, Android, and iPad applications; the Conference’s official social destinations; TheACCDN.com; and local, regional and national new media sites. The ACC Digital Network will also work to secure major distribution partners on national VOD, OTT and IP-Connected platforms.

“The ACC Digital Network provides a new platform within the digital space that will showcase more content, in more places, than we’ve ever experienced before,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The depth and reach of the ACC Network, including the multitude of platforms, has our league well positioned as we look towards the future. We’re really pleased with the tremendous progress that has been made and also pleased with how much this will mean to our fans.  Partnering with Raycom and Silver Chalice is having dynamic results for us.”

“We are very excited to launch the ACC Digital Network, an innovative and comprehensive digital platform to reach ACC fans worldwide,” said Ken Haines, President and CEO of Raycom Sports. “We are committed to delivering compelling and original content that showcases the ACC and its student-athletes. This newest venture between the ACC, Raycom Sports and Silver Chalice expands the platforms and delivery of the ACC Network.”

“The ACC Digital Network is built to raise the standards for digital coverage of college sports, combining television quality editorial and production values with the opportunities for immediacy and interactivity that give audiences the ability to watch whenever they want, wherever they want, on their screen of choice.  We know that ACC audiences are sophisticated consumers of sports media, so we have taken great care to create an operation that will be highly credible and authentic in its presentation, delivering upon their expectations” says Jason Coyle, COO of Silver Chalice Ventures.

The content will be free to users, supported by sponsorship and advertising.  An official platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the network offers marketers a powerful and unique opportunity to reach a targeted and highly engaged audience both regionally and across the country.

About the Atlantic Coast Conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 59th 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 122 national championships, including 65 in women’s competition and 57 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 140 times in men’s competition and 99 times in women’s action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

About the ACC Network and Raycom Sports

The ACC Network is the official multimedia platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms, the ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports. Built over 30 years of broadcast production and multimedia rights, the ACC Network maximizes the distribution of ACC content through live television broadcasting, the ACC Digital Network, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website. The ACC Network is managed in Charlotte, N.C. For more, visit ACCNetwork.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 2023. Raycom Sports, in a partnership with the ACC, 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.

About Silver Chalice

Silver Chalice works with sports, media and entertainment partners to design, build, operate, and monetize profitable, high growth digital businesses. Silver Chalice, www.silverchalice.com, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chicago White Sox and has offices in Chicago, Boulder, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. 

 For additional information, please contact:
Amy Yakola, Atlantic Coast Conference:  (336) 369-1215
Colin Smith, Raycom Sports:  (704) 378-4487
Jason Coyle, Silver Chalice:  (312) 674-5336

CPI Using ACC Network Sponsorship Elements to Promote Contest

 Charlotte, N.C. – CPI Security Systems is launching a new consumer giveaway promotion this weekend on the ACC Network game of the week. The CPI ACC Championship Giveaway will give fans a chance to win a VIP trip to the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game in Charlotte on December 3rd. CPI’s ACC Championship Giveaway will be promoted on the ACC Network during each telecast and online. CPI is the sponsor of the CPI Security Redzone.

Fans may enter the promotion for free through the official Facebook contest page at http://apps.facebook.com/cpiaccgiveaway. The winner will receive roundtrip travel and accommodations, tickets, and a gift package for the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game.

“CPI Security is very excited to be an official sponsor of ACC Football, and to be able to bring a lucky fan and their guests to Charlotte for the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Football Game in December,” said Al Johnson, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for CPI Security.  “The ACC Championship game is always exciting, and this year will certainly be no different – especially for the winner of the CPI giveaway.”

About CPI Security Systems
For more than 20 years, CPI Security Systems Inc. has been protecting homes and businesses from theft, fire and other emergencies.  As the largest privately held security company in the Southeast, CPI Security serves over 90,000 residential and business customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and provides industry-leading alarm response, superior customer service and is proactive in the development of new and emerging security and home energy management system technologies. CPI Security is headquartered in Charlotte, NC in a state-of-the-art, UL-listed and 5-Diamond Award facility designed to ensure uninterrupted 24-hour monitoring service, with regional sales and service offices in Raleigh, Greensboro, Atlanta and Greenville, SC.  For more information on CPI Security please visit cpisecurity.com.

About the ACC Network
The ACC Network is the official multimedia platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms, the ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports. Built over 30 years of broadcast production and multimedia rights, 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. The ACC Network is managed in Charlotte, N.C.  For more, visit ACCNetwork.com.

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By Michael Smith, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

Published September 26, 2011, Page 1

     The idea was to create a super conference of 16 schools overlapping states from the Northeast through the South. Eventually, according to this plan, there would be four super conferences that blanketed the country, and their champions would come together in a playoff to decide the national champ in college football.

     “Developing the Super Conference” was the name of the booklet that first proposed the idea in 1990, and its 240 pages held the future of college athletics. It’s just that no one knew how long it would take to get there.
That plan, the first to suggest the super-conference model as the best way to maximize a league’s value, was written by Charlotte-based Raycom Sports for the now-defunct Metro Conference. From that, the concept of a super conference and its merits were born. Based on where conference expansion now appears to be headed, it was an idea well ahead of its time.
      “At that point, the super-conference concept made so much sense to us,” said Ken Haines, the CEO of Raycom Sports and one of the authors of the report. “We felt like the idea would be captured and implemented by all of the major conferences. We just didn’t know when.”
     It was January 1990 when the Metro Conference commissioned Raycom Sports, its media partner, to craft a plan that would help solidify the league’s future. At the time, institutions came and went from the Metro, which ranged from six to nine schools during its run from 1975 to 1995. It wasn’t unlike the fluidity that the current-day Big East has experienced in recent years.
     The Metro, under the guidance of Commissioner Ralph McFillen, had a base of charter schools from urban areas, such as Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis and Tulane. But the basketball-centric conference didn’t sponsor football and it needed to grow if it intended to survive against the heavies of that time: the SEC, ACC, Southwest Conference, Big Eight, Big Ten and Pac-10.
     McFillen asked Raycom how to do that.
     Raycom, the dominant TV production company and syndicator of that day, had deals with the Big Eight, Southwest Conference, Big Ten and ACC. It spent six months developing the super-conference model, taking into account TV households, conference footprint, alumni bases, regional rivalries and institutional compatibility. The 240 pages included everything from mock schedules and average attendance in football to SAT scores for each school.
     Raycom’s plan called for the Metro to expand to 16 football-playing schools with two eight-team divisions or four four-team divisions, similar to what has been discussed by the ACC, the Pac-12 and others in recent weeks. It was compelling enough that at one point that spring in 1990, presidents and ADs from all 16 schools met in Dallas to talk it through.
     “It would have changed the face of college athletics,” said Dave Hart, who attended that meeting as the AD at East Carolina, and now serves as the AD at Tennessee. “But the presidents just couldn’t get their arms around it. There were several people who understood the vision and were really excited, but they were outnumbered by those who were just terrified of something so radical. Nobody had ever heard of a super conference before.”
     According to Raycom’s plan, the Metro’s members would have come from the North (Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh), the South (Miami, Florida State, South Carolina) and moved west through the middle of the country (Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati). The original plan also included Penn State, but the Nittany Lions committed to the Big Ten before Raycom could finish the project.
     At the time, those schools were independents in football, so the super conference would not have been raiding schools from other conferences, as leagues do now.
     The Metro’s footprint would have accounted for more than 35 percent of the nation’s TV households, putting it on par with the Big Ten, while maintaining traditional rivalries, such as Miami-Florida State, by keeping them in the same division. The new structure of the super conference theoretically would have commanded the largest TV dollars available because of its sheer size and the markets it covered.
     “A lot of what’s happening now reminds me of 1990,” said Bill Olsen, who back then was the athletic director at Louisville. “Most of us were strongly in favor of doing this and we thought it had a lot of potential. It definitely made the SEC and the ACC stand up and take notice. It got their attention.”
     In a 1990 story in USA Today that explored the possibility of massive college realignment, Haines was quoted as saying the super-conference model is “cutting edge. … What you’re going to see within the next five years will form the fabric of college sports for the next 50 years.”
     Haines missed his five-year assessment, but he was prescient in his estimation that it could form the fabric for the next 50 years. Recently, Cedric Dempsey, the NCAA’s former president and now a college consultant, said this latest round of realignment puts the major college conferences on a path toward creating their own division, perhaps separate from the NCAA.
     The six major conferences “for a long time have thought they could govern themselves,” Dempsey said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where we end up, with five or six super conferences that form their own organization.”
     In 1990, the super-conference model was grounded in the same basics that are driving conferences to expand now. It went after major markets, it increased the conference footprint to include multiple regions of the country, and it would have captured a significant number of the nation’s TV households. The divisional format maintained geographical rivalries, while the larger conference stretched up and down the East Coast.
     “I always felt the super-conference concept would happen at some point, even though this particular model didn’t happen,” Haines said. “This all came about 21 years ago because of the pressure to generate revenue and fund programs. It’s no different today.”
     The super-conference idea didn’t work out for the Metro. A year after the study, in 1991, Florida State ended up going to the ACC, South Carolina joined Arkansas as new members of the SEC, and the Big East began playing football, which gave Syracuse, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Miami a conference home for football.
     Many of the other Metro members migrated to a new league called Conference USA.
     “If we had been able to create that super conference, I think it would have turned into four super conferences nationally,” Olsen said. “But it never became a reality.”
     Well, not yet.

Updated application built and launched by Raycom Sports and Silver Chalice;
Now available for iPhone, iPad & Android Devices

Charlotte, N.C. – iPhone, iPad and Android users can all now access live coverage of ACC Network broadcasts including 13 ACC football games and 35 ACC basketball games with the official ACC Sports App, launched by Raycom Sports and powered by Silver Chalice, Underground Labs & NASCAR Media Group.

Available now in the Apple iTunes Store and Android Market, college football and basketball fans nationwide can download the app to watch live ACC Network coverage via 3G, 4G and/or WiFi on their iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

In addition to live games, fans can get video-on-demand featuring game highlights, team previews, players of the week and historical recaps from the ACC Archives. The ACC Sports App also features a fully interactive game schedule that provides live scoring, stats, play-by-plays, game previews, game recaps, and AP & Conference news.

The new ACC Sports iPad App features a game center with a rich interactive display and showcases high resolution video, a user’s ultimate game day companion.

The ACC Sports App is a free download, with Raycom Sports’ productions of live ACC Network football and basketball broadcasts available to the mobile consumer for a one-time annual fee.  Charlotte based NASCAR Media Group will handle the encoding and streaming duties for the ACC Sports application.

“We saw tremendous success last year with the ACC Sports iPhone App and it’s exciting to launch this year’s enhanced version for both the Apple iPad and Android devices,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “These platforms provide an additional opportunity to reach our fans and to continue our on-going initiative to offer more conference content than ever before.”

“With the help of our great partners, we have created the most dynamic conference mobile application in the market today,” said Colin Smith, VP of Distribution and New Media at Raycom Sports.

“Raycom Sports & the ACC are dedicated to bringing fans, students and alumni a great mobile sports experience and Silver Chalice is proud to support such committed partners,” said John Burris, President of Silver Chalice. “In year two of our relationship, we have expanded mobile platforms, increased functionality and customization in order to delight the fans and drive more users and usage for Raycom Sports and the conference.”

The 2010-11 ACC Sports App ended the season as a Top 5 paid sports application in iTunes and averaged a 4-star consumer rating.

The 2011-12 ACC Sports App initial download is free; all live ACC Network football and basketball games are available with a one-time in-app purchase of $7.99 for the 2011-2012 athletic season.

About the ACC Network and Raycom Sports
The ACC Network is the official multimedia platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms, the ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports. Built over 30 years of broadcast production and multimedia rights, 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. The ACC Network is managed in Charlotte, N.C.  For more, visit ACCNetwork.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 2023. Raycom Sports, in a partnership with the ACC, 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.

About Silver Chalice
Silver Chalice partners with sports, media and entertainment clients to actively build and grow profitable digital businesses. Silver Chalice is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chicago White Sox and has offices in Boulder, Colo. and Chicago.

About Underground Labs
Underground Labs develops cutting edge mobile applications, websites, and experiences. Founded in 2009 by industry pioneers Jeff Annison (former cofounder of MobiTV) and Joe Krause (former co-founder of Sacramento Press), Underground Labs is headquartered in Emeryville, CA.

About NASCAR Media Group
NASCAR Media Group is a fully integrated media, marketing and entertainment company that creates and produces programming related to the sport, manages its media partnerships, and forges relationships to integrate the sport into mainstream entertainment.  As the internal production and creative services company NASCAR, NASCAR Media Group is the exclusive rights holder of NASCAR event footage, race data and content.  The NASCAR Media Group leverages The Sight, Sound and Emotion of NASCAR through TV and film production, home video, licensed consumer products and premiums for the sports’ sponsors, tracks, teams and fans.  To learn more, visit www.nascarmediagroup.com.

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DENVER, Sept. 1, 2011—As the 2011 ACC Football season kicks off, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Raycom Sports announced today the expansion of the ACC Vault (www.theACC.com/vault), which is powered by Thought Equity Motion’s T3 Platform. The ACC Vault now includes full-length ACC regular season and Championship Football games from all 12 ACC member institutions, as well as original video content and social sharing features. This builds on last season’s successful ACC Vault launch, which featured over one-hundred historic Men’s Basketball regular season and ACC Tournament games.

The ACC Vault is a key component of the wider ACC Network, the official multi-media platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports that is dedicated to delivering a range of compelling ACC content, including live television broadcasting, original programming, historical archives, mobile applications & social media. The ACC Vault, which is integrated into the league’s official website (theACC.com), serves as the primary means for the ACC Network to showcase the history of ACC Football and Men’s Basketball.

“Incorporating ACC Football content into the ACC Vault will only enhance this already terrific platform,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The ACC Vault is an innovative resource for fans, and provides the opportunity to experience our rich tradition and share those moments by engaging others through a number of social channels.”

“We’re excited to see the ACC Vault expand this year,” stated Colin Smith, Vice-President of Distribution & New Media for Raycom Sports. “When we first launched the basketball Vault in 2010, we were inundated with emails from fans thanking us for finally making this content available online and at no cost to the consumer. The next logical step for us was to build on the Vault’s Basketball success by adding games from the ACC Football archives. Thought Equity Motion’s T3 Platform technology and metadata tools have allowed us to seamlessly publish this popular historic content in new and exciting ways of which fans just can’t seem to get enough.”

ACC Vault users can explore these historic football games by team, year, ACC Championships and classic games. Additionally, visitors can browse Highlights categories including touchdowns, offensive, defensive, and special teams. The latest version of the ACC Vault also boasts a few new features for ACC Men’s Basketball and Football fans, such as showcasing a “Game of the Week” for each sport and enhanced polling features to give users the chance to influence what games are added to the Vault.

“With ACC Championship Football content in our cloud-based T3 Platform and enriched with smart content metadata, the ACC and Raycom Sports are able to utilize our technology to power more interactive video experiences through the ACC Network’s Web properties,” stated Kevin Schaff, CEO and Founder of Thought Equity Motion.

With the metadata in the ACC Vault, college football buffs can search for and share exact moments within games, for example:

The ACC Vault includes a Video Media Guide & Link Database, which provides direct URLs to every moment within the football and men’s basketball sections of the site.

To explore the ACC Vault, visit www.theACC.com/vault. To learn more about Thought Equity Motion’s T3 Platform that powers the ACC Vault, visit http://www.thoughtequity.com/platform.

About the Atlantic Coast Conference:

About the Atlantic Coast Conference: Now in its 59th 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 122 national championships, including 65 in women’s competition and 57 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 140 times in men’s competition and 99 times in women’s action. For more information on the ACC and its 12 member institutions go to: www.theACC.com.

The ACC Network is the official multimedia platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms, the ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports. Built over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights, 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. The ACC Network is managed in Charlotte, N.C. For more, visit ACCNetwork.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 2023. Raycom Sports, in a partnership with the ACC, 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.

About Thought Equity Motion, Inc.:

Thought Equity Motion increases the value of video content rights through its advanced technology platform and rights development services. The company’s integrated offering delivers large scale archive management as a cloud service in alignment with licensing strategy expertise to enable rights holders to generate new value from their content, providing greater control while reducing cost and complexity.

Thought Equity Motion works with more than 400 rights holders globally, including BBC Motion Gallery, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, National Geographic, The New York Times, and the NCAA®. Through its Web platform and global sales force, the company licenses sports, news, entertainment, editorial, and creative content to the world’s leading producers in advertising, film, television, publishing, and interactive media.

Headquartered in Denver, Thought Equity Motion has a digital refinery in Laramie, Wyo. and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Sydney, Toronto, London, and sales partner offices in Paris and Mumbai.

Connect with Thought Equity Motion on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

For more information on Thought Equity Motion’s Platform Services for content rights holders, call 310.593.4655 or visit http://platform.thoughtequity.com. For more information on footage licensing, call +1 720.382.2869 or visit, www.thoughtequity.com.

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Games Syndicated Outside of ACC Territory for First Time; 71 Stations Overall Throughout 27 States

Charlotte, N.C. – The ACC Network announced today that 71 television affiliates, from 27 states, will air ACC Network football games for the 2011 season, beginning with this weekend’s season opener. Through an agreement with ESPN, the ACC Network will syndicate ACC Football games outside the ACC footprint for the first time. Local affiliates have been added in over 25 new markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Denver, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Green Bay.

“This season, ACC syndicated football games will be available on stations in more markets than at any time in the history of the conference,” said George Johnson, Senior Vice President of Raycom Sports. “This is a great milestone for the ACC Network and the Atlantic Coast Conference. We are very excited to have such a strong network of affiliates showcase the ACC.”

In addition, every ACC Network game will be available live on theACC.com as well as on the official ACC mobile applications and outside of ACC territory on the ESPN3 platform.

ACC Football games scheduled for the first three weeks include Virginia Tech hosting Appalachian State on September 3rd, followed by Rutgers at North Carolina on September 10th and Duke at Boston College on September 17th. Kickoff time for all ACC Network football games is 12:30 pm.

Calling the action for the ACC Network are Steve Martin and Tim Brant, who split play-by-play duties. They are joined in the booth by veteran color analyst Dave Archer. Sideline reporting is handled by 25-year ACC veteran Mike Hogewood.

Preceding each ACC Network game is the McAlister’s Deli ACC Blitz, a new show for 2011 hosted by Danielle Trotta and two-time ACC Coach of the Year Tommy Bowden. The live studio show will feature a look around the league and preview the upcoming ACC Network Game of the Week.

For complete information on the ACC Network, including schedule, station affiliates and platforms, visit ACCnetwork.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 2023. Raycom Sports, in a partnership with the ACC, 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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Raycom Sports has taken delivery of its new state-of-the-art high definition broadcast truck. Commissioned in December of 2010, the truck has been on a journey already as it was built over the past 8 ½ months. Construction started in Columbus, Ohio and then moved to San Jose, California before the truck arrived at its home in Charlotte.

The 53-foot expando unit is equipped with nine high definition camera positions. Primarily used for Raycom ACC Network broadcasts, it will handle regional sports for which Raycom is contracted to produce, and be available for rental usage.

Platinum Selling Artist’s Song “My Kinda Party” Will Open ACC Network Telecasts

Charlotte, N.C. – Multi-platinum Broken Bow Records recording artist Jason Aldean will open ACC Network telecasts of ACC football all season, it was announced today by Raycom Sports. Aldean’s song “My Kinda Party” will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each week’s syndicated game.

Since his 2005 debut with the scorching “Hicktown,” Aldean has set himself apart from the pack as a truly unique artist. With four albums released and countless hits, Aldean has collaborated with artists ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Ludacris. His most recent album also titled MY KINDA PARTY is currently the #1 selling country album of the year.

Aldean joins a star-studded list of performers featured in Raycom football and basketball telecasts over the years, including Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Daughtry, Sugarland, Alison Krauss, Chris Brown, Lil’ Mama, T-Pain, David Cook, and Ricky Skaggs.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, The ACC Network is the official multimedia platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms, the ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports.

Built over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights, 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. For more, visit ACCNetwork.com.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current television rightsholder of syndicated ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts. 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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