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ACC Network Announces Studio and Original Programming Lineup

The ACC Network announced its lineup of studio shows and original programming beginning with the start of college sports season.

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College football returns with Week 0 this coming weekend and adds a full blown smorgasbord of action in Week 1 next week. That also means a new beginning season for networks focused on the sport, including the ACC Network.

The ACC Network announced its lineup of studio shows and original programming beginning with the start of college sports season.

ACC PM is the network’s new afternoon drive-time news and information show with ACCN veteran Mark Packer and newcomers Taylor Tannebaum Tre Boston. It airs weekdays 4-7p ET.

Before that, you can find In Play, a show that has moved to weekday afternoons at 3p ET and offers unique topics and ideas for each day of the week, all surrounding ACC football in the fall.

All ACC returns Tuesday August 30 at 10p ET and is ACCN’s flagship news and information program featuring Jordan Cornette, Dalen Cuff and Kelsey Riggs as well as a rotating crew of analysts like Roddy Jones, Mark Herzlich and Eddie Royal.

ACC Huddle returns as the networks signature football show with host Jordan Cornette and analysts Eric Mac Lain, EJ Manuel and Mark Richt. It will focus on pre-game coverage of the conference and continuing with wall-to-wall coverage throughout the day and a show recapping the day.

The ACC Network also announced three original series.

3-Day Weekend features host Jess Roy as she travels to ACC college towns, introducing fans to historic spots, popular restaurants and establishments, while giving viewers a taste of what the area has to offer.

All Access: The ACC Life gives a glimpse of a day in the life of ACC student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

ACC Legends, which is a series of 30-minute documentary-style episodes highlighting legendary coaches and athletes from the across the ACC. Former Virginia Tech legendary head coach Frank Beamer as well as the 1990 Georgia Tech men’s basketball team – Kenny Anderson, Brian Oliver, Dennis Scott will be profiled this fall.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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