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ACC Network Announces New Shows & Contributors

“As the college basketball season tips off, Nothing But Net will be live from Syracuse as the Orange host NCAA Champion Virginia on November 6th at 9pm.”

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As the college basketball season gets ready to begin, ESPN announced new programming and on-air contributors for its recently launched ACC Network.

Joining the network will be two veteran college basketball analysts for ESPN, Cory Alexander and Malcom Huckaby. Alexander, a former All-American for the Virginia Cavaliers began his tenure with ESPN in 2009 after an eight-year NBA career. A standout guard for Boston College from 1990 – 1994, Huckaby joined ESPN in 2012. The college basketball analyst was named an ACC Legend in 2015, although Huckaby never actually played in the ACC with BC not joining the conference until 2005.

ESPN also announced the additions of Dan Bonner and Luke Hancock to the ACC Network. Bonner has been a college basketball analyst since 1977, having covered 34 NCAA Tournaments and previously working with ESPN from 1987 – 2001. Luke Hancock joins the ACC Network while continuing to co-host ESPN Louisville’s The Drive radio show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Familiar to ACC basketball fans, Hancock played for Louisville from 2012 – 2014, helping the Cardinals to a championship in 2013.

In addition to their new contributors, ESPN announced a new show exclusive to the ACC Network. Nothing but Net will air Sunday evening during the basketball season, recapping the week’s previous games while also offering a preview of upcoming matchups. The show will debut Sunday, October 27th with a two-hour episode at 8pm ET. 

As the college basketball season tips off, Nothing But Net will be live from Syracuse as the Orange host NCAA Champion Virginia on November 6th at 9pm. The show will provide pre-game, halftime and postgame coverage of the Syracuse/Virginia matchup. Kelsey Riggs will host the pre-game show, joined by Cory Alexander and other ACC Network contributors Carlos Boozer and Jordan Cornette.

In a partnership between ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Network launched on August 22, 2019 with nearly 450 live contests planned to be broadcast annually, in addition to their original programming.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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