AP source: ACC, ESPN to launch ACC Network in 2019

A person familiar with the situation says the Atlantic Coast Conference’s television network will launch in August 2019.

The person also said Tuesday that ESPN and the ACC also will start a digital channel next month that will be available online. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the network has not been formally announced by ESPN or the ACC.

The launch of the network will be discussed this week when the ACC holds its preseason football media days beginning Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Commissioner John Swofford’s regularly scheduled news conference will be Thursday.

The ACC will become the fourth major conference with its own network, joining the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference. The SEC also has ESPN as its partner.

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