The ACC Network won’t be hard to find when it launches in August. AT&T announced today that it had reached a deal with ESPN to carry the network on its sports tier.
It is a major hurdle in the clearance game for conference networks. The ACC will join the Big Ten and the SEC on the platform, which is something the Pac-12 Networks cannot say and something the Longhorn Network couldn’t boast until well after its launch date.
Along with DirecTV, The ACC Network’s national footprint will also include Hulu, which corporate parent Disney owns a controlling stake in. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, ESPN is planning to use Hulu and DirecTV as examples of the ACC’s national appeal as it tries to reach agreements with other platforms to carry the network.