AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – First, the good news:
The launch of the ACC Network is on the horizon, a fact further illustrated on Wednesday when the league announced the channel’s broadcast plans for the first three weeks of the 2019 football season.
No surprise, Florida State will be heavily featured. The Seminoles are scheduled to make their ACC Network debut during their September 7 home game against ULM (5 p.m.). And they’ll be on the channel again a week later when they make their first visit to Virginia in nine years (Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.).
Now for the not-so-good news.
Despite the network’s pending launch, major cable providers Comcast, DISH Network and Spectrum have yet to agree to carry it.
Which means that, unless they get on board, Florida State fans who subscribe to any of those three providers won’t be able to watch the Seminoles play against ULM or Virginia – whether on television or streaming through connected devices.
Florida State, of course, is aligned with the ACC in pushing to have the network in as many homes as possible.
And FSU is asking its fans to join the movement, too.
By calling their cable providers and demanding that they carry the ACC Network, Florida State fans can make their voices heard and help ensure that they won’t miss any games.
It’s a proven tactic. The Southeastern Conference went through a similar scenario prior to the launch of its dedicated TV network a few years ago, and an overwhelming swell of support from its fan bases helped swing the tide in the right direction.
“We are told that they were successful because their fans were fanatics about seeing their teams on their network,” FSU athletics director David Coburn said. “I find it very hard to believe that our fans are any less so. We need to prove that, beginning today.”
Demand the ACC Network from your cable provider.
And when fans are done on the phone, they can log on to GetACCN.com to voice their support online.
“The ACC Network will allow our football program to have a national platform for every game we play, and it’s important that our fans have access to the network,” FSU coach Willie Taggart said. “If fans aren’t able to be in the stadium cheering for the Noles, I want them to know they can still watch.”
Football, of course, will start in the spotlight, but it’s far from the only sport that will be affected.
The ACC Network will also be home to Florida State men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball and numerous other Olympic sports.
The network will provide fans with an unprecedented amount of live game coverage as well as featured content about student-athletes and coaches from around Florida State and the ACC.
None of which will do Florida State fans any good if their cable providers refuse to carry the network.
Coburn remains confident that there’s enough support behind the ACC to get every major provider on board.
And while that is due in large part to the league’s member schools, those schools are all built on the support of their fans, students, alumni and surrounding communities.
With a little more than three months until the launch of the ACC Network, those communities have a role to play. And now is the time to act.
“We want our fans to know that they need to take action right now – today – and let their cable providers know that they want the ACC Network,” Coburn said.
“We have been talking about the importance and impact of the ACC Network for several years now in helping to level the playing field with what other conferences receive. Not only is it beneficial in terms of the tremendous exposure for all our sports, but the resources it will provide are critical for FSU and every other ACC school to remain competitive at the highest level.”