ACC commissioner John Swofford didn’t add much insight into the development of ESPN’s ACC Network on Thursday, but the commissioner did announce the network is on schedule.
“Preparing to produce and distribute over 1,500 events between the linear and digital networks requires a lot of planning and preparation and obviously some lead time to do it right and launch it in the way we want to launch it,” Swofford said according to virginiatech.sportswar.com. “ACC and ESPN teams are diligently working to complete the multiple tasks that are required for the launch, and we’re extremely pleased with the progress. And not only pleased with the progress, we’re, as a part of that, right on schedule.”
The ACC Network is expected to launch in 2019, but with all the struggles at ESPN, the future of the ACC Network became a popular topic at the first conference media day. ESPN has laid off more than 100 on-air personalities and employees behind the scenes during 2017 in an effort to cut costs.
Even with all the cord-cutting, the advantage of an ACC Network is obvious. Not only will it help spread the popularity of the league, it’s another revenue source all 14 schools receive that universities outside the Power 5 don’t.