The SEC Network first launched in 2014. And according to a report, the ACC is set to finally get one of its own.
According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, ESPN will launch the ACC Network in 2019, eight years after the ACC first began to push for its own network. The conference hoped last year that it would be able to have the network setup by 2017.
ESPN to launch an ACC digital network next month; full linear TV ACC Network in 2019. SBD's story: https://t.co/BBpBWsnEPu
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) July 19, 2016
ESPN will launch a digital network for the conference next month allowing subscribers to ESPN to watch content on the WatchESPN app.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the ACC also agreed to extend its grant of rights with ESPn through 2036. The grant of rights is what gives ESPN to the broadcasting rights to the conference. Raycom Sports also has a deal with the ACC through 2027.
ACC Network will launch by August 2019 & ACC extends conference grant of rights thru 2036, sources told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 19, 2016
Now that the ACC is getting its own network, the Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference without one, as the SEC, Big 10 and Pac-12 have all already launched their own networks. The University of Texas also already has its own network, the Longhorn Network.