Pop Evil, DMC, and Raycom Sports Team Up for 2014 #ACCTourney



Pop Evil’s single “Trenches,” remixed by DMC, Will Open ACC Network Telecasts

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Charlotte, N.C. – Chart-topping rock group Pop Evil, joined by legendary artist DMC of Run-DMC, will open each ACC Network telecast of the 2014 ACC men’s basketball tournament. Pop Evil’s #1 single “Trenches” has been remixed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each game.

“Pop Evil and DMC have collaborated on an impressive song that really embodies the energy and passion of the ACC Tournament,” said Raycom Sports producer Dave Barringer, who created the opening sequence. “’Trenches’ focuses on the power to control your future, which translates well into the teams fighting their way to the prestigious ACC Championship. By customizing the lyrics, Pop Evil and DMC have captured the growth and change of the ACC Tournament and the teams, from 1954 to the present.”

Pop Evil continues to build on their already impressive career having racked up two #1 singles on America’s Rock Radio, six singles in the Top 10 and 850,000 digital single sales. “Trenches” won the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Song of the Year. The lead singer, Leigh Kakaty, was a finalist for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball Award in high school, averaging 31 points per game as a senior at North Muskegon High School.

Darryl McDaniels, known as DMC, is a pioneer of hip hop culture and a founding member of the rap group Run-DMC. The multi-platinum artist and producer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his group in 2009.

They join a star-studded list of performers featured in Raycom football and basketball telecasts over the years including KISS, Rascal Flatts, tobyMac, Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, Daughtry, Skillet, Sugarland, Alison Krauss, Chris Brown, Lil’ Mama, T-Pain, David Cook and Ricky Skaggs.

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2027. In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.

Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 53 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.