When I first learned that the ACC would be launching their own television network, I assumed that meant we’d no longer have to stream games on an app or upgrade our cable package to add a Fox Sports regional channel.
The network officially launched a few months ago, but it’s been far from seamless. We’ve still had to rely on streaming for one football game and one basketball game via the ACC Network Extra. The first basketball was on the actual network, but fans didn’t see the first five minutes or so because of a soccer game that went into overtime.
Fortunately, 23 of the remaining 27 games on the Louisville hoops schedule will be on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or the ACC Network. Two late January ACC games (Georgia Tech & Clemson) will be on Fox Sports Regional and the Kentucky game will be on CBS.
The Cards game against Western Kentucky is the only game we’ll have to watch via stream. But unfortunately it won’t be ACC Network Extra or ESPN3.com. The game will be televised solely via Facebook Live.
The Nov. 29 Louisville-Western Kentucky game in Nashville will be streamed exclusively on CBSSN on Facebook. The game will be produced by CBS Sports Network, but will not be televised on the CBSSN cable channel nor streamed on its website. It will be available only on Facebook.
— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) November 19, 2019
As frustrating as this might be, it’s not Louisville or the ACC’s fault. With this game being played in Nashville, WKU is considered the home team therefore Conference USA owns the broadcast rights and CBS Sports Network is one of their broadcast partners.
Louisville fans ran into a similar issue during football season when the two schools met in Nashville on the gridiron. WKU was considered the home team and the game was streamed on Stadium Network, another one of Conference USA’s broadcast partners.
You’ve officially been warned. If you’re not in attendance in Nashville on Nov. 29 you’ll need to watch it on Facebook. Fortunately it’s Louisville’s last stream game of the season.<