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The ACC Network has a launch date: Aug. 22, 2019

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The ACC’s television network, long-promised and occasionally thought about, will officially be up and running at the tail end of August next year. The long sought-after network will provide 24/7 ACC sports programming and gets to showcase football game between Clemson and Georgia Tech on Aug. 29.

This is a big deal for the league, but whether any of the rest of us likes it remains to be seen. The conference is moving to a 20-game basketball schedule in order to supply inventory for the new channel, and I have a feeling that’s going to be a drag. You gotta do what you gotta do to get that network money, though.

Everybody will start playing an additional two league games beginning next year, and one of those game will be played in an event (still unannounced) in November. Those are the initial changes to your various ACC sports consumption.

Beyond that, there’s obviously going to be a lot more coverage of live ACC sports. (Including baseball, I hope.) Getting the network up and running is important to keep the ACC competitive with the Big Ten and SEC. If you parse it only in those terms, it’s still a pretty good day.