ACC Reaches Record High for Broadcast Coverage of Softball

Feb. 7, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the broadcast coverage today for its Olympic sports for the upcoming spring season. The league's schedule includes 159 events--the highest ever in the history of ACC Spring Olympic Sports, nearly doubling the previous mark of 82 set last year.

"I'm extremely pleased that our spring sports continue to grow exponentially in coverage," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "We continue to be appreciative of our television partners and their efforts. This is an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes, schools and fans."

Highlights of the ACC's upcoming spring broadcast schedule include:

  • Eight consecutive weeks of "ACC Monday" on ESPNU, which will feature an ACC Olympic sporting event in prime time each Monday from March 25 through May 13.
  • A record 27 softball games, surpassing the previous high of 14 from last year, including five games of the ACC Softball Championship in Tallahassee, Fla. (May 9-11).

A total of 118 ACC spring contests will appear exclusively on ESPN Networks including two on ESPN2, 24 on ESPNU, and 92 on ESPN3. An additional 27 games will appear on the league's regional sports networks (RSN), which include FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolina, FOX Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and NESN. All ACC games produced as part of the RSN package will also be available on ESPN3 in locations beyond the RSN territory. Additionally, four games will be broadcast by the ACC Digital Network on YouTube as part of a new partnership announced in the fall.

In addition to the 159 events announced Thursday as part of the conference package, other games will be carried by the ACC Digital Network, by the regional cable partners of various ACC institutions, and by the schools' websites. A complete listing of those games will be announced at a later date.

About the Atlantic Coast Conference:Now in its 60th year of competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league's inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 128 national championships, including 68 in women's competition and 60 in men's. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 145 times in men's competition and 105 times in women's action.

Spring 2013 Softball Broadcast Coverage (All Times Eastern)
Tuesday, February 12 Troy at Florida State 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, March 9 Florida State at NC State 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, March 9 Florida State at NC State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Wednesday, March 13 Georgia at Georgia Tech 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, March 23 North Carolina at Florida State 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, April 6 Boston College at Florida State 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, April 6 Boston College at Florida State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, April 6 Virginia at North Carolina 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, April 6 Virginia at North Carolina 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sunday, April 7 Virginia at North Carolina 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sunday, April 7 Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech 1:00 p.m. ACCDN on YouTube
Saturday, April 13 North Carolina at NC State 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, April 13 North Carolina at NC State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sunday, April 14 North Carolina at NC State 1:00 p.m. ACCDN on YouTube
Monday, April 15 Virginia at Florida State 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Wednesday, April 17 Florida at Florida State 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, April 20 Florida State at Virginia Tech 12:00 p.m. ESPNU
Monday, April 22 Georgia Tech at North Carolina 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday, April 27 Florida State at Georgia Tech 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, April 27 Florida State at Georgia Tech 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sunday, April 28 Florida State at Georgia Tech 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Monday, April 29 Virginia Tech at Virginia 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Thursday, May 9 ACC Quarterfinal 1 1:30 p.m. RSN/ESPN3
Thursday, May 9 ACC Quarterfinal 2 11:00 a.m. RSN/ESPN3
Friday, May 10 ACC Semifinal 1 1:00 p.m. RSN/ESPN3
Friday, May 10 ACC Semifinal 2 3:00 p.m. RSN/ESPN3
Saturday, May 11 ACC Championship 6:00 p.m. ESPN2