The ACC and its Charlotte-based broadcast partners announced yesterday a revamped football contract that will give Raycom/Jefferson-Pilot Sports the syndication rights to televise games through the 2010 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Raycom/Jefferson-Pilot Sports also increased the financial commitment to the conference's men's basketball television package. "It's what the conference needed," ACC Commissioner John Swofford said, "and where we expected to be financially. I think our schools are very pleased with how these renegotiations have come out financially."
The changes were a result of the ACC adding Miami and Virginia Tech this season and Boston College in 2005.
The renegotiated contract will allow each school to receive slightly more from basketball than it did under the old deal. Conference sources had said that the basketball deal, which was to bring in about $30 million for the upcoming season, will increase annually "between about 5 to 10 percent," one source had said.
The announcement came one week after the ACC and ABC formally announced their seven-year, $258 million deal to broadcast the conference's football games. Raycom/Jefferson-Pilot will televise football games on up to 11 Saturdays, an increase from eight. The syndicated game is chosen after ABC and ESPN select their games.
Raycom/Jefferson-Pilot have held ACC men's basketball rights since 1982. Jefferson-Pilot has held the football syndication rights since 1984; the current contract ran through the 2005 season.
-- Eric Prisbell