The ACC is officially considering joining the ranks of conferences with their own television network: inspired by the oodles and oodles of cash the Big Ten is raking in thanks to the Big Ten Network, the conference has created a panel and hired a consultant to discuss the possibility of making the ACC Network.
It's a smart move, likely: conference networks and branding have helped the Big Ten -- it was reportedly one of the main reasons Maryland switched from the ACC -- and the Pac-12 has reported similar success, although not yet to the same extent.
The problem is, there's only so many hours of actual athletic programming, and with ESPN holding the ACC's media rights for the next 15 years, it's unlikely the ACC Network will be able to broadcast huge amounts of conference games anytime in the near future. That leaves a lot of dead air. Luckily, Twitter was more than willing to suggest programming ideas that could fill up air time, thanks to the #ACCNetworkShows hashtag, which is still raging, and still awesome:
Two and a Half Football Schools #ACCNetworkShows— Bryan (@PittScript) January 14, 2013
leave it to beamer #ACCNetworkShows— Martin Rickman (@martinrickman) January 14, 2013
Yo Dabo Dabo #ACCNetworkShows— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) January 14, 2013
CBI: Pittsburgh. #ACCNetworkShows— Aaron (@Aaron_R_Miller) January 14, 2013
How I Raided Your Conference #ACCNetworkShows— Brian Harrison (@BH_Orange44) January 14, 2013
Cherokee Parks and Rec #ACCNetworkShows— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) January 14, 2013
Teenage Mutant Ninja Terrapins #ACCNetworkShows— Mike Brown (@VT_MikeBrown) January 14, 2013
The Big East Theory #ACCNetworkShows— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) January 14, 2013
The Biggest Loser: A Chronicling of UVA Football #ACCNetworkShows— The Fighting Gobbler (@Fightin_Gobbler) January 14, 2013
Here Comes Honey Dabo #ACCNetworkShows— Hokie Wartooth (@Hokie_Wartooth) January 14, 2013
Who Wants to be a Maryland Quarterback #ACCNetworkShows— Ben Swain (@thedevilwolf) January 14, 2013
Ron Cherry Explains It All #ACCNetworkShows— John Cassillo (@JohnCassillo) January 14, 2013
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