- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Ken Haines, president of Charlotte-based Raycom Sports, will be retiring from his decades-long broadcast career.

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1Rlqkjl) Rick Ray launched Raycom Sports in 1979 and hired Haines. Haines says he originally thought he would stay with the company for no more than five years.

Haines and Dee Ray built Raycom into the Atlantic Coast Conference’s broadcast partner and bought rights to other big conferences. By 1988, Raycom was the nation’s dominant regional collegiate sports network, producing more than 400 games annually for several conferences.

Ray and his wife have long since sold the company. Haines stayed on through management changes. He says he’s proud of being able to recruit and maintain a staff that made possible a 35-year relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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