In a press conference at the New York Life ACC Tournament, the ESPN announced that with the launch of the ACC Network in 2019, the new platform will broadcast 4 conference matchups on November 5-6. Louisville at Miami and Georgia Tech at NC State will hit the court on November 5th, followed by Notre Dame at North Carolina and Virginia at Syracuse on November 6th. Not only will this mark the first time the Canes will open the season with a conference game, but it will also be the Canes earliest season opener in program history.
The ACC Network will launch in August, ahead of the 2019-20 football season. The Miami athletic department offered this description of the platform in their press release:
Owned and operated by ESPN in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Network (ACCN) is a new 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports set to launch August 22, 2019. Approximately 450 live contests including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, the ACCN and its digital platform, ACC Network Extra (ACCNE), will feature 1,300 ACC events in its first year. ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled game across sports and championships.
Three additional conference games will take place on November 5-6, including Virginia Tech at Clemson on November 5th, and Wake Forest at Boston College and Florida State at Pitt on November 6th.
The remainder of Miami’s 2019-20 basketball schedule will be announced in the coming months.