Miami-UNC Game Day Comes with No ACC Comcast, AT&T Uverse Network Agreement

Miami-UNC Game Day Comes with No ACC Comcast, AT&T Uverse Network Agreement

North Carolina's game day for the Miami Hurricanes Key Early Season Atlantic Coast Conference game arrived on Saturday with ESPN's new ACC Network to reach an agreement with two main cable suppliers in South Florida, Comcast / Xfinity and AT&T Uverse.

On Wednesday, Cox Communications announced a fresh network agreement that debuted on 22 August to join a group of television service suppliers including: DirecTV, DISH Network, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, Spectrum TV, Suddenlink, TVision, Verizon Fios, YouTube TV and NCTC, NRTC and Vivicast members.

"We keep having productive discussions and feel good about where we are with our present distribution deals," spokeswoman for ESPN Amy Phillips said in an email to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

A source close to negotiations was questioned why there seems to be more pushback for this agreement than when the SEC Network was launched in 2014 and said, "I'm not conscious that either party said anything to imply that pushback is taking place. These[ negotiations] are complicated, however, and some take longer than others.

On Friday evening, an email distribution list of UM fans and season ticket holders received a message from the athletic department that urged fans who don’t have the network to: “1.) Call your provider and demand the network; 2.) If they don’t provide it? Switch to a provider that does! ”

It's a feeling echoed on social media leading up to the season by Miami athletic director Blake James and coach Manny Diaz.

Comcast has a statement regarding the matter posted on its website: “For years, Atlantic Coast Conference sports aired on ESPN and other networks at no additional cost to customers. Now, ESPN has launched the ACC Network, a new TV network that will carry some of the ACC games. Unfortunately, they are demanding a large fee to carry it. This would mean that all customers, Even those not watching ACC sports would have to pay more.

"Many ACC matches are still accessible on broadcast and cable channels without the new network, but Comcast will not carry the ACC network in assistance of our clients until we achieve a fair and sensible price contract."

The Hurricanes ' home opener against Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 14 will also be broadcast on ACC Network after UM's first ACC match in Chapel Hill on Saturday night.


Make it by the storm

After a week-plus of both teams tracking Hurricane Dorian, the ACC opener at UNC arrived as it was originally a danger to Florida before heading to the Carolinas east coast.

"The Triangle" was mainly untouched in North Carolina (N.C. State in Raleigh, Duke in Durham, and UNC in Chapel Hill), well inland in the center of the state. There were clear skies on Friday and Saturday after a few showers in the core of North Carolina on Thursday.

During the bye week at UM, players tracked the storm and then entered the game week early, but they didn't miss a practice.

"I kind of wanted to see one, but I guess we didn't get it," said redshirt senior receiver K.J. Osborn, who had never been through a hurricane as a native of Michigan and transferring to Buffalo. "It was kind of a teaching experience. I was actually asking a bunch of questions. People were telling me to get gas. It took me like 45 minutes when I did. "Diaz praised their efforts to the university employees.

"The campus individuals have done a excellent job of communicating with us and of course ensuring that our players ' security was first and foremost," he said. Hurricanes quarterback Jarren Williams, in preparation for the Tar Heels, felt the team didn't miss a beat.

"We prepared like nothing happens every day," he said on Wednesday. "We were really concentrated."

Trajan Bandy, a junior cornerback, said: "It was an up and down moment for the team. We didn't really understand what was going to happen. One day, [ employees ] was telling us that we were going to practice at this moment, and next day they were telling us that we were practicing at this time. It was up and down, but I feel like we were well ready for it and we got back to practicing and doing what we are doing every day."

Senior linebacker Shaq Quarterman observed on Wednesday that when the storm headed to the southwest portion of Florida, he was also worried about family in the Jacksonville region.
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