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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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ESPN Launching Digital ACC Offering Next Month, Linear Network In '19

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 19 / 16

ESPN will launch an ACC digital network next month called ACC Network Plus and a 24-hour linear channel in August '19 dubbed ACC Network, according to sources. Modeled on the SEC’s digital offering that ESPN launched two years ago, ACC Network Plus will be fully owned by ESPN an...

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