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ACC, ESPN extend deal to 2036 that includes new ACC Network

The Atlantic Coast Conference finally is getting its own TV channel.

Commissioner John Swofford said Thursday the ACC Network will launch in August 2019 as part of an extended media deal with ESPN that now runs through the 2035-36 season.

Speaking at his annual forum during the ACC Kickoff media days, Swofford said there will also be the creation of a digital channel that will be online next month. The league will move to a 20-game league schedule in men's basketball by 2019, part of an effort to boost the available content toward the goal of airing more than 1,300 events annually through those outlets.

"It was also very important to both ESPN and our league that...

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