ESPN is pleased to announce that it and the ESPN family of networks is the official home of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament. All sixty-three games will be presented by Capital One. Coverage of the games begins this Saturday, March 23rd. It all leads up to the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship game on Tuesday, April 9th. The game will be broadcast live from New Orleans.
The majority of the first round games will be broadcast on ESPN2 inside twelve telecast windows in a whip-around format with home market protection. What does all this mean? It means that viewers within a given region will receive games that are relevant to said audiences’ regions. All the while, constant updates from other games will come in. Whip-around coverage allows for the broadcast of multiple games at one time in one telecast window. As many as four games could be broadcast at one time. Broadcasting multiple games in this format will allow the network to “whip around” to other games, giving viewers the most games possible without intruding on the ones they want to see.
Fans with ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court—ESPN’s pay-per-view package—will also have many of the tournament’s games. ESPN and ESPN2 will air the remaining fifteen games of the tournament beginning with the regional semi-finals.
Championship content will also be presented across much of the ESPN family of networks including: SportsCenter, espnW, ESPN.com, ESPNNEWS, ESPN International and ESPN Classic.
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