In recent years the ACC, not WRAL or Raycom Sports, has chosen to delay to 12:25 p.m. the kickoff of the games we air. We continue to lobby for an earlier start but have yet to get them to budge.
The goal of our standard procedure is based on honoring
our contractual commitments to both Raycom Sports and CBS, respecting the
viewers who have chosen to spend three hours watching their favorite
team in the first game, and trying to provide access for viewers eagerly
waiting for the second game.
Our decision generally is to stay with the ACC game until its conclusion and switch as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we are able to utilize our secondary digital channel to assist. At 3:30 p.m., we begin CBS programming on WRAL2 (over-the-air at 5.2 or on Time Warner Cable Ch. 106) for those homes which receive it.