Just in time for March Madness, ESPN has announced a slate of programming for the coming Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Network.
- The announced ACC Network programming includes four season opening basketball games:
- Louisville at Miami, November 5
- Georgia Tech at NC State, November 5
- Notre Dame at North Carolina, November 6
- Virginia at Syracuse, November 6
- The ACC Network will also feature The Class That Saved Coach K documentary to debut on launch night.
- This one-hour documentary tells the story of Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his 1982 recruiting class that set the Blue Devils and Coach K on a historic course.
- The documentary will feature insight from members of that class, including Mark Alarie, Jay Bilas, Johnny Dawkins and David Henderson, along with the Hall of Fame coach.
- The Tournament: A History of ACC Basketball film event has also been set for 2020-21.
- This multi-part documentary will give fans a deep dive into every chapter of the ACC men’s basketball tournament.
- Packer and Durham, a live radio talk show, will also be coming to the ACC Network.
- The show will air every weekday morning from 7-10 a.m. ET, and will provide a full view of ACC action across all 15 institutions in the vein of Packer and Durham’s current program, ACC Central.
- The ACC Network will launch on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
- The following week, on August 29, the first conference football game will kick off on the new all-ACC platform when Georgia Tech visits Clemson for a Thursday night contest.
- The 24/7 network is poised to air 1,300 live events annually across its TV and digital offerings from around the conference’s 15 member schools and 27 sponsored sports.
What they’re saying:
- Rosalyn Durant, ESPN senior vice president, college networks: “With just over five months from the launch of ACCN, we continue to assemble a compelling programming slate of live events and original content that speaks to ACC fans’ interests and the conference’s hallmarks of historic achievement and unmatched basketball success.”