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ESPN Reportedly Wants To Delay Launch Of An ACC Network

ESPN has asked to delay the launch of an ACC Network that was supposed to be ready to go for 2017, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia Tech president G.P. “Bud” Peterson explained during last week’s Georgia Tech Athletic Association quarterly board meeting.

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According to Peterson, ESPN fears it will lose considerable amounts of money early on, which has been seen during the launch of other conference networks. It wants to be prepared before the network launches. 

In exchange for a later start date, ESPN could make additional payments on top of the rights fees already paid to the conference, Peterson said. The conference signed an extension with ESPN in 2012 to continue their partnership through the 2026-27 academic year, a deal that was renegotiated with the addition of Notre Dame later that year and a grant of rights agreement in 2013. The league reportedly received $197.2 million in TV revenues in 2013-14. While the average distribution to full league members of $19.3 million distribution was considerable, it lagged behind the Big Ten ($26.4 million), Pac-12 ($21 million), SEC ($20.9 million) and Big 12 ($19.8 million).

There's good reason for the ACC to be disappointed, but the recent success of the top-tier football programs and the always dominant basketball conference will help in the end. 

it will be interesting to see how this plays out, but it won't be ready for 2017. This much we know.