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The NC State fans guide to never having a televised Wolfpack game ‘blacked out’

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When we started Pack Insider, we figured we’d have a lot of fan interaction. We figured we’d get messages asking us to ask players and coaches certain questions, and while that happens from time to time, the most asked question BY FAR is…

“What channel is the NC State game on?”

This question is one that is usually asked in a moment of urgency. It’s usually something the fans don’t think about until they click the television on to sit down and watch the game. And that’s when the mood goes from excitement and anticipation to pure panic.

So we’ve decided to dedicate this article to help you understand how to stay ahead of the curve and not be caught off guard this season.

Televsion & Streaming

1. Nationally Televised Games (Major Cable Networks)
Things are easy when the game is nationally televised. If a game is on ESPN, ABC, CBS, or some national channel, then as long as you have that channel in your cable or streaming package, you’re good.

2. Streaming on ACC Network (or ACCNX)
Things are almost as simple when the game is simply not televised on cable at all and is only streaming on the ACC Network Stream on the WatchESPN app. Again, you’ll still need an ESPN subscription to watch these games, but there won’t be any potential blackouts.

3. Televised on RSN (Regional Sports Network)
The real problem comes when games are airing on regional channels. This is where people get confused and frustrated.

Let’s look at an example: NC State’s second game of the season is against Charleston Southern. It’s a game that GoPack.com is saying will air on RSN.

Most State fans will go to their cable guide or their streaming guide and look for a channel called RSN. However, no channel of that name exists.

So what is RSN?

RSN stands for Regional Sports Network. Here is how GoPack.com describes RSN.

“RSN, which reaches in excess of 51.4 million homes, includes Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Sun, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Wisconsin, Bally Sports Southwest, Bally Sports New Orleans, Bally Sports Oklahoma, Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports West, Bally Sports SoCal, Bally Sports San Diego, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), New England Sports Network (NESN), the YES Network and the Marquee Sports Network,. All ACC games produced as part of the RSN package will be available via WatchESPN, but are subject to regional blackout.”

Since it’s NC State, you’re very likely looking at it being on Bally Sports South, but there is the off chance that NC State is playing another team in one of these regions and the game is only airing on THEIR RSN, which could be any of the others listed above.

So be vigilant. If you want to watch all of NC State’s games, then you’ll need to get Bally Sports South for (almost) all of the RSN games.



How to get NC State’s RSN (Bally Sports South)

To get Bally Sports South you’ll need to subscribe to Direct TV Stream, as they are the only steaming cable package that offers them according to CordCutterNews.com. Otherwise, you’ll have to go the traditional cable or satellite route and get Direct TV or Spectrum (formally Time Warner Cable). If you’re not in the Triangle area, then you’ll have to check with your local cable provider to see if you can get it.

But what if it says it’s airing on ACC Network and RSN?
Now, here is another caveat to RSN. As stated above, all RSN games are going to also seem available via the WatchESPN app. HOWEVER, if you live in a region of any of the channels listed above, you will be blacked out of the Watch ESPN ACC Network stream. So don’t get fooled! If it’s RSN, you’ll need the RSN channel if you’re in that region or you’re out of luck.

It’s complicated, and it’s unfortunate where it’s gotten to. Only 15  years ago we were all subscribed to basic cable, and dreaming of a utopia where we could go through our cable guide and pick and choose the package we wanted, lowering our monthly price and opting us into only the stations we were interested in.

Instead, we got thousands of streaming options, fighting with cable providers over rights, and we’re all paying as much or more than we were before, only it’s 1000 times more complicated to navigate.

That’s why we thought this write-up was necessary.

If I can’t get it, how do I listen on the radio?

If there is literally no way for you to watch the game, or if you’re driving, or just don’t feel like dishing out the money to subscribe to these platforms, then you can listen to games on the radio. But what station is it on? Well, it depends on where you’re at.

If you’re out of state, you’re going to need to just subscribe to GoPack.com’s All-Access plan. You can get a 24-hour pass, a monthly subscription or an annual subscription.

But if you’re in North Carolina, you can listen for free. You just need to know these stations.

Raleigh
WRAL 101.5 (Games) / WCMC 99.9 (Shows)

Albemarle
WZKY 1580AM & 103.3FM

Asheville
WWNC 570AM

Charlotte
WXRC 95.7

Fayetteville
WMRV 1450AM/106.5FM

Greensboro/Triad
WVBZ 105.7FM

Greenville
WECU 1570

Jacksonville
WJCV 1290AM/98.3FM

Laurinburg
WLNC 1300AM/95.1FM

New Bern
WNBB 97.9FM

Sanford
WWGP 1050AM & WFJA 105.5FM

Wilmington
WRMR 98.7FM

Winterville
WECU 107.5FM

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NC State’s Davin Vann Has the 4th Most Career QB Pressures Heading into ’24

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NC State Senior Defensive End Davin Vann has the 4th most Career Quarterback Pressures among active players heading into the 2024 Football season.

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Vann has the 2nd highest total in the ACC heading into his final year of eligibility, trailing Wake Forest Senior Jasheen Davis by 3. The Wolfpack is fortunate to have Vann return for his final year. He would have been drafted last month, but he wanted to improve his draft stock with his final year, and had unfinished business to take care of.

Expecting big things from #1 in 2024.

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NC State’s Kevin Concepcion is the 3rd Highest Graded Returning ACC WR

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NC State Sophomore Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion is the 3rd highest graded returning ACC Wide Receiver according to ProFootballFocus, trailing only Miami’s Xavier Restrepo (Mia) and Louisville’s Caullin Lacy (83.4).

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Concepcion finished last season with 71 receptions for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball for 320 yards. Last year, Restrepo had 85 receptions for 1,092 yards and 6 touchdowns. This season will be Lacy’s first season at Louisville, playing his first 4 years at South Alabama, where he had 91 receptions for 1,316 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Also, 7 of KC’s touchdown receptions were against man coverage last season, which is the most among all returning Wide Receivers.





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ESPN Ranks NC State In Their Top-15 of Their Post-Spring Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

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ESPN released their Post-Spring Way-Too-Early Preseason College Football Top-25 today, and they ranked NC State 13th.

  1. Georgia
  2. Ohio St.
  3. Texas
  4. Oregon
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Ole Miss
  7. Alabama
  8. Missouri
  9. Utah
  10. Michigan
  11. FSU
  12. Penn St.
  13. NC State
  14. LSU
  15. Tennessee
  16. Clemson
  17. Kansas St.
  18. Oklahoma
  19. Oklahoma St.
  20. Arizona
  21. Virginia Tech
  22. Kansas
  23. Iowa
  24. Miami
  25. USC

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

Spring update: Dave Doeren has quietly guided the Wolfpack to 34 wins the past four seasons, including a 9-4 mark last year, despite having a mess in the quarterback room. That position shouldn’t be a problem with former Coastal Carolina star Grayson McCall taking over the offense. He threw for at least 2,400 yards with at least 24 touchdowns and fewer than three interceptions in each of three straight seasons from 2020 to 2022. McCall battled a head injury last season. He’ll be surrounded by plenty of talent at NC State, including transfer receivers Noah Rogers (Ohio State) and Wesley Grimes (Wake Forest) and returning star KC Concepcion, the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2023. Tight end Justin Joly (UConn) and tailback Jordan Waters (Duke) were big additions as well. NC State faces September tests against Tennessee in Charlotte and Clemson on the road, but it doesn’t play Florida State, Louisville, Virginia Tech or Miami — four of the best teams in the ACC — during the regular season. (ESPN)

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Does the Addition of the UVA Series Equal the Elimination of NC State’s Series with App St.?

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Earlier this week it was announced that NC State and Virginia would play one another in a home-and-home series, with the Wolfpack hosting in 2025, and the Cavaliers hosting in 2026.

Prior to the announcement, NC State already had their non-conference slate booked for both of those seasons.

As a result of the addition of the Virginia series, a previously scheduled non-conference game from each season would need to be dropped. While it hasn’t been officially announced by the school, Joe Giglio and David Glenn seem to think that the series with Appalachian State is going to be dropped.

It would make the most sense, considering the Mountaineers were the only opponent the Wolfpack was scheduled to play in both 2025 and 2026. It would also make sense, considering the fact that ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips isn’t a fan of ACC teams playing Group of 5 schools on the road.

I will tell you this much. The Mountaineer faithful certainly believe NC State is dropping the series with App State, and it just takes a little scrolling on X (formerly Twitter) to get a read on their feelings on the situation.

This situation brings to mind the bill that has been proposed in the North Carolina House of Representatives that would force NC State and UNC to play App St., ECU and UNC Charlotte in Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball.

If the addition of UVA means the elimination of App St. on NC State’s schedule, what are your thoughts? Share in the comments.

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