"I'm really excited about this ACC Network opportunity. And I think I can help the fans enjoy the game more and understand the game more, and it allows me to keep staying involved with this game of football."
This deal likely wouldn't have worked for both sides without ESPN+. Gaining Big 12 streaming content for that service allowed ESPN to pay more for these championship games than they would have otherwise.
According to a source, the NFL currently plans to run a tripleheader on NFL Network on Dec. 21, the Saturday before Christmas. That's a step up from last year's doubleheader on the pre-Christmas Saturday.