Thursday's UNC Links

Lots of money to go around as the ACC signs its TV deal for football with ABC/ESPN; The ACC basketball season will stay at 16 games, but the tournament has changed.

The ACC on Wednesday got its first tangible proof of how much expansion will mean to the league: A football television contract with ABC and ESPN worth about $260 million over seven years.
ACC gets boost
Raleigh News & Observer


The ACC schools voted Wednesday to continue a 16-game conference schedule in men's basketball through the 2007-08 season, commissioner John Swofford said.
ACC keeps 16-game slate
Raleigh News & Observer


Charlotte-based Raycom/Jefferson Pilot has held the ACC's television rights for basketball for 23 years, and subcontracts the rights to networks such as CBS, ESPN and Fox Sports Net, as well as broadcasting its own regionally syndicated games.
ACC gets TV windfall desired
Charlotte Observer


The national deal takes the number of ESPN exposures from nine to 18 and the number of ABC games from 13 to 16. Among the highlights:
ACC deal means more TV football
Greensboro News & Record


With Miami and Virginia Tech on board -- additions that put the ACC "at the top echelon" of college football, in the words of one ABC executive -- the league will be seen more often on Saturdays and Thursday nights thanks to a new deal with ABC and ESPN.
Must-see TV: ACC Thursday
Durham Herald-Sun


The ACC title game appealed strongly to ABC, which will use the game to begin a day of broadcasting three conference title games on what it will call Championship Saturday.
ACC signs its TV deal
Winston-Salem Journal



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