ESPN will cover all sixteen sites of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship this year. Cover of the games runs from Friday, May 31st to Monday, June 1st. This year’s coverage marks the first time that every first-round game in the tournament will be available to fans on a national platform. This includes up to seven games from each of the sixteen locations for a total of one hundred twelve matchups over the course of just four days. ESPN offered coverage of six sites in 2012, four in 2011, and two in each of the previous six years.
ESPN will launch a new platform called “Bases Loaded” to help cover the games across the ESPN family of networks over the weekend. It will be similar to the network’s “Goal Line” and “Buzzer Beater Networks” in that it will provide unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from a number of the tournament’s games. It will also include live up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN analysts and experts from each day of the Regionals. “Bases Loaded” will be available Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st from 2pm EST to midnight. It will be available Sunday, June 2nd from 2pm to 1am and Monday, June 3rd from 6pm to 12am. ESPN3 will carry “Bases Loaded” in its entirety while ESPNU and ESPN2 will simulcast at select times. This includes between games and during rain delays, time allowing. And as with most ESPN coverage, fans can catch all of the action online via WatchESPN and through mobile internet on the WatchESPN app.
Along with the expanded Regionals coverage, ESPN will also continue to cover every Super Regional site and all possible seventeen games of the College World Series. The expanded coverage includes up to twenty-four games from eight sites.
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