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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Partnership between Raycom Sports and the ACC is highlighted through official multimedia platforms beginning with the 2011-12 season

Charlotte, NC (accnetwork.com) – The ACC Network announced today its mission to expand its coverage of ACC Football and ACC Men’s Basketball telecasts. Through a variety of platforms, the ACC Network will now distribute ACC content through live event streaming, original programming via a digital network and having historical archives available to fans. Expanded platforms also include official Conference mobile applications and social media platforms.

“The future for the ACC is extremely bright as we will have more content available for fans and more exposure for our teams than ever before,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Our schools and league are positioned in the best way possible as it relates to traditional television broadcasts and the ever-changing platforms made possible through new technology.”

Through an agreement with ESPN, the ACC Network will continue to syndicate ACC Football games on local television station affiliates throughout the ACC’s territory. With the ability to now go outside the ACC footprint, the ACC Network has also added coverage in over 25 new markets. 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.

“This partnership with ESPN and the ACC will result in more coverage for ACC games, in more places and on more platforms than at any time in the history of the league.” said Ken Haines, President and CEO of Raycom Sports.

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 will be Steve Martin and Tim Brant who will split play-by-play duties. They will be joined in the booth by veteran color analyst Dave Archer. Sideline reporting will be handled by 25-year ACC veteran Mike Hogewood.

Preceding each ACC Network telecast 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 the first time, the ACC Network will produce ACC Football games for FOX Sports that are set to air on Regional Cable Networks throughout the ACC footprint.

Future announcements are also planned to highlight a number of other ACC Network platforms, including enhancements to theACC.com, the official Conference mobile applications, the ACC Vault and the ACC Digital Network.

For complete information on the ACC Network, including schedule, station affiliates and platforms, visit the league’s official website at 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.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 58th 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.

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Will Promote Belk Bowl and Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship in Charlotte Business and Civic Communities

Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte Collegiate Football, owner of the Belk Bowl and the Charlotte organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, today announced that Piedmont Natural Gas Chairman, President & CEO Thomas Skains has been named General Chairman of the Belk Bowl and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Charlotte Collegiate Football. Mr. Skains will work with business and civic organizations and the CCF staff to promote both games in the Charlotte community. He has been on the CCF Board since its inception in 2010.

Board Chair Johnny Harris announced the appointment and said, “Tom Skains’ commitment to Charlotte is greatly appreciated and his leadership will help us make both of these games the successful events that Charlotte can fully embrace. We look forward to working with him.”

“We are very honored to have Tom Skains accept these roles for Charlotte Collegiate Football,” said Executive Director Will Webb. “He is a dedicated and respected member of the Charlotte community. To have a man of his stature championing the Belk Bowl and the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game is as exciting as it is humbling. We look forward to the continued growth of college football in Charlotte with him in a leadership role.”

Tim Belk, Chairman and CEO of Belk added “we are fortunate to have Tom Skains’ leadership of the Belk Bowl team. The game gives us an opportunity to bring a great level of excitement to college football fans and to Charlotte, and Tom’s partnership will add tremendous value to the effort. We look forward to working with Tom and Charlotte Collegiate Football on this endeavor.”

“I am excited to work with our Board to make Charlotte a great host for two high profile post season college football games,” said Mr. Skains on his appointment. “I am especially honored to work with the first family of Charlotte – the Belks – to raise the profile of the Belk Bowl to something we are all proud of for many years.”

Mr. Skains joined Piedmont Natural Gas in 1995, after nearly 15 years with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation in Houston. Prior to his appointment as Piedmont’s Chairman, President and CEO, he served as Senior Vice President – Marketing and Supply Services. Mr. Skains has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston Law School.

Mr. Skains served as Chairman of the American Gas Association in 2009 and as Chairman of the Southern Gas Association in 2006, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for each organization. In addition, he presently holds positions on the Boards of Directors of BB&T Corporation and the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), and on the Boards of Trustees of Johnson & Wales University and the American Gas Foundation.

Mr. Skains has previously served on the Boards of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central Carolinas and the Board of Trustees for Providence Day School. Mr. Skains was also co-chair of the 2004 & 2005 American Heart Association Charlotte Metro Heart Walks and the 2006 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council Annual Fund Drive. Mr. Skains is an inactive member of the State Bar of Texas.

The Tenth Annual Belk Bowl will be playing in primetime on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 with an 8pm kickoff. The game, matching the ACC against the Big East, is televised on ESPN.

The first college bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Belk Bowl has averaged almost 60,000 fans each year with three sellouts in its nine years. In addition, the game has reached over 25 million television households. In 2003, it was named one of the five best start-ups in sports over the past five years by the Sports Business Journal, behind only the NFL Houston Texans and ESPN the Magazine.

Charlotte Collegiate Football, a non-profit organization, runs the Belk Bowl and serves as the local organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, in its seventh year, will be played in Charlotte on December 2, 2011. Last year’s sold out game was the first one played in Charlotte. The winner of the championship earns the ACC bid to play in the Discover Orange Bowl, if not selected for the BCS National Championship Game. For more information, please visit www.belkbowl.com and www.accfootballcharlotte.com.

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