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RAYCOM ANNOUNCES EXTENSIVE ACC TV DEAL
Published August 23, 1995
The ACC, along with Raycom Inc. and Jefferson-Pilot Sports, have announced a six-year cable TV deal with Home Team Sports, SportSouth and Sunshine Network that includes over 350 hours of ACC programming per year. The deal, which includes extensive men's and women's basketball coverage, as well as conference championship games and coaches shows, starts this fall and runs through 2000-2001. ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan: "This is a truly great thing for our conference." Corrigan noted that the three RSNs "completely blanket our six-state region." Raycom Senior Exec VP Ken Haines called it the "most complete conference television package ever offered." The additional men's basketball coverage brings the ACC to a "record" 200 TV appearances for '95-96 (Raycom). In Atlanta, Prentis Rogers notes that the SportSouth deal is similar to a package the network arranged with the SEC in June. SportSouth VP Hunter Nickell: "In both cases, I think these are unprecedented deals with a regional network" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/23).