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ACC Network extra launches fall Olympic sports coverage

accAn ACC record 331 Olympic sporting events will be streamed live this fall by ACC Network Extra,  a dedicated digital channel for ACC sports which makes its debut on Friday, August 19.

The coverage marks the initial phase of the full ACC Network announced July 21 by ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Live streaming of Olympic sports will increase annually, culminating with 1,300 total ACC events when the linear network launches in 2019.

“We’ve looked forward to the launch of ACC Network Extra with excitement and anticipation since last month’s announcement,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “ACC Olympic sports have a record of unparalleled success, and it was important to both ESPN and our league to create a model in which each of the ACC’s 27 sponsored sports would be carried live to fans in some manner.”

The 2016 Fall Olympic sports schedule includes 354 total events involving ACC schools, with ESPNU scheduled to carry six contests and the Regional Sports Network an additional 17. Every conference Fall Olympic sport championship will be shown live on either a linear platform or ACC Network Extra, beginning with the ACC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 28.

The events covered by ACC Network Extra will be immediately available to users who have access to WatchESPN and the ESPN app. More than 600 total Olympic sporting events – encompassing the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons – will be carried exclusively by ACC Network Extra during the 2016-17 academic year.

ACC Network Extra coverage begins Friday evening with four men’s and women’s soccer matches, and continues this weekend with seven additional soccer matches. Please see the link below for the full schedule of 2016 ACC Fall Olympic sports coverage (soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country). Additional events may be added.