Over the last few years, the SEC, Big Ten and PAC-12 have all had success with their own individual sports programming networks. The ACC wants to join in on the success and they could be making some big changes to do so.
The ACC is one of the two Power Five conferences to hold off on adding an extra conference game to their schedule in favor of having a non-conference match-up. This mostly has to do with their agreement with Notre Dame, which plays five teams from the conference every year, and four teams having longstanding rivalries with SEC opponents.
Now it looks like a nine-game schedule could be the match to their network fire.
David Teel of the Daily Press reported that a larger conference slate is essentially the only way ESPN, the only network with which the ACC can contractually launch its own network, would care about opening a network with the conference.
The conference also considered a nine-game schedule in 2013 when Pitt and Syracuse joined the fray. However, this could end up hurting some rivalries in the ACC as teams like Syracuse and Virginia, once a huge rivalry in the Big East, would only play every six years.
What do you think fans? Is this the only way for us to get a network for the Atlantic Coast Conference?
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