ACC Network expected to launch by August 2019

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After six years of negotiations, ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference have agreed to a 20-year deal that will launch the ACC Network  by August 2019, ESPN reports.

The ACC’s current deal with ESPN runs through 2026-2027 but lacks the financial incentives of conferences such as the Big Ten and SEC. The new deal is expected to increase the league’s overall value, making it a top conference.

“That’s why ESPN is in the discussions with us,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford, according to News & Observer. “They like to make money, too. And we like to make money, as well.”

The ACC Network will release its digital channel this fall.

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