BOSTON — NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced a multi-year, multi-sport rights agreement to air Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) events. The new agreement expands on the network’s six-year partnership with the conference to include a weekly ACC football game in addition to over 30 men’s basketball telecasts. Also included as part of the agreement will be live coverage of women’s basketball regular season and conference tournament games plus baseball, softball, lacrosse, and the weekly program ACC All-Access. All football and men’s/women’s basketball telecasts will be produced in HD.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with the ACC to include a weekly football game, giving New England sports fans a chance to see some of the best college football in the nation,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO.
NESN’s season-long coverage of ACC football will begin this Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m. when North Carolina hosts James Madison. Additional matchups scheduled to air on NESN in September include:
Sept. 10: North Carolina State at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 17: Kansas at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 17: Arkansas State at Virginia Tech, 4 p.m.
Matchups for the remainder of the schedule will be announced on a week-to-week basis.
As part of the new agreement, NESN will also feature live coverage of the 12th-ranked Boston College women’s soccer team on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. when it travels to third-ranked Maryland.
A full schedule of all the ACC games that will air on NESN will be available later this month at NESN.com.
NESN’s 2011 ACC Football Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 3: James Madison at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10: North Carolina State at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: Kansas at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: Arkansas State at Virginia Tech, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Teams TBD, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Teams TBD, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8: Teams TBD, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15: Teams TBD, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22: Teams TBD, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Teams TBD, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5: Teams TBD, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12: Teams TBD, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Teams TBD, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: Teams TBD, 3:30 p.m.
NESN has consistently been one of the top rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage. The network is delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and an additional 3.7 million homes nationally as NESN National. NESN.com, the network’s online sports news service, is one of the most visited regional sports network websites in the country. NESN also produces a number of distinctive programs under its umbrella Original NESN Entertainment (ONE). NESN is owned by Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Boston Red Sox) and the Boston Bruins.