Written By Atlantic Coast Conference
Greensboro, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents announced today that each of the current and future 15-member institutions has signed a grant of media rights, effective immediately.
"This announcement further highlights the continued solidarity and commitment by our member institutions," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The Council of Presidents has shown tremendous leadership in insuring the ACC is extremely well positioned with unlimited potential."
"The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically," said the collective ACC Council of Presidents. "Collectively, we all agree the grant of rights further positions the ACC and its current and future member schools as one of the nation's premier conferences."
The ACC's current and future 15-member institutions include:
Florida State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Louisville
University of Miami
University of North Carolina
North Carolina State University
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
University of Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Wake Forest University
Duke University statements on ACC Grant of Rights announcement
"This is an important moment in the history of the ACC, which has been Duke's home for nearly 60 years. It signals our united commitment to ensuring the future stability of the conference and will enable us to focus on the development of our student-athletes and the spirited competition for which the ACC has always been known."
-- Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead
"To be sure, today's Grant of Rights announcement by the Atlantic Coast Conference is monumental as it clearly shows the unwavering long-term solidarity of the ACC member institutions. Since its inception, the ACC has provided the perfect home for Duke Athletics. Sixty years later, that remains the same. The net result of these negotiations, spearheaded by the determined leadership of Commissioner Swofford, is that the ACC is now in a prime media rights position among its peers and partnered with the preeminent sports broadcasting entity on the planet, ESPN. Historically speaking, this is nothing short of a lasting 'game changer' for the ACC's colleges and universities!"
- Duke University Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White
"First off, the efforts of Commissioner Swofford and the ACC staff are to be commended. This is an exciting time to be a part of our outstanding conference, and we're proud to call the ACC our home. The ACC has established itself as the premier conference in the country, and today's news further exemplifies the solidarity of its member institutions. Obviously, from a media rights perspective, ESPN is the pinnacle of the broadcast industry and we're thrilled to continue this terrific partnership with them in the future."
- Duke University Head Football Coach David Cutcliffe
"I am thrilled with today's announcement by the Atlantic Coast Conference. It is one of the great days in the history of our conference as it shows the highest level of commitment - not by words, but by actions. With all the uncertainty regarding conference affiliations the past several years in college athletics, this announcement, coupled with our media rights deal with the world's best sports broadcasting network, secures the ACC's future, and thus Duke's, for years to come. As a long-time coach in this league, I understand how terrific the ACC has been. With continued commitment by current members and the addition of several outstanding institutions, the ACC should be in position to reestablish itself as the nation's top conference in the years to come."
- Duke University Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski
"In light of all of the conference transitions and alignments, this news is simply extraordinary. To solidify the ACC now and in the future with such fantastic media opportunities reflects the unprecedented leadership in the conference. The existing partnership between the ACC and ESPN showcases the tremendous traditions of both institutions and provides a maximum opportunity to broadcast the outstanding talents of the conference. From a women's basketball perspective, this illustrates the incredible dominance of the ACC relative to the commitment to our sport."
- Duke University Head Women's Basketball Coach Joanne P. McCallie