On Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter urging cable television providers to come to an agreement with ESPN and the ACC in order to televise content on the ACC Network all throughout North Carolina.
In the middle of August, it was announced that Spectrum — one of the largest Internet and cable providers in the state of North Carolina — would add the ACC Network. The network can also be found on several streaming platforms, like Sling and YouTube TV.
Currently, however, many North Carolina residents don’t have access to the ACC Network and its content.
Gov. Roy Cooper urged television and content providers to come to an agreement with ESPN’s ACC Network to televise ACC sports games. Their previous failure to agree currently leaves many North Carolina college sports fans unable to watch their favorite teams play this fall.
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In the letter addressed to ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro and — among others — ACC Commissioner John Swofford, Cooper stated:
Some cable television and content providers have reached agreement and I commend them for that. I urge Comcast, AT&T Uverse and other providers who haven’t found a solution to push harder. And I urge ESPN, Disney and the ACC to increase their efforts to reach agreements with these providers. Fans of the ACC are depending on it.”
The two key names in Cooper’s statement are Comcast and AT&T Uverse. Those are two important content providers inside the footprint of the ACC. It’s been a month since the ACC Network launch (Aug. 22). Of course, four of the league’s are in North Carolina — the same state the league is headquartered in, too.