WDCA-TV-20 announced that it will broadcast Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball games during the next two years, replacing WUSA-9.

Raycom Sports awarded the contract, which contains a 30-game package that includes 10 of Maryland's conference games and the entire ACC tournament.

"It's a huge deal for us," WDCA General Manager John Long said. "We've been working on this for a couple of months and were able to wrestle it away from WUSA. We are back in the local sports business in a big way."

WUSA broadcasted ACC games for the last three seasons.

WDCA's broadcasts begin Dec. 4 with a doubleheader in the BB&T Children's Charity Foundation Classic. The first game features Seton Hall against George Washington; the second game is Illinois against Maryland.

The ACC regular season package gets underway Dec. 12 with Tennessee Tech at North Carolina. The ACC tournament is March 9-12.

Long said "relationships had a lot to do with" winning the contract. "We've been talking to folks at Raycom for five months. We were in a position to broadcast more games than WUSA."

Long said one of his goals after arriving at WDCA two years ago was to get the television station back into broadcasting sports. He said the station also made a pitch to new Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, but lost out to WRC-4, which is owned and operated by NBC.