MVC Heads Discuss New ESPN Deal In Media Conference Call

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Courtesy: Missouri Valley Conference/ESPN/NCAA

Officials with ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference announced this week that both sides had come to terms on a new deal. The deal in question gives the worldwide leader in sports media rights for the next ten years. That means that it gives ESPN increased coverage across its various platforms on television and online through the 20023 – 2024 academic year. In celebration of the announcement leaders from some of the MVC’s participant schools took part in a media conference call along with ESPN VP of College Sports Programming IIan Ben-Hanan. Among the topics covered in the call were the impact of the deal on the conference’s ability to recruit and generally puts it on par with colleges and universities in other conferences, the impact of the deal on local coverage within given markets, coverage of MVC games on ESPN’s platforms and much more. The full transcript of yesterday’s conference call is included below for all fans of the Missouri Valley Conference and audiences in general.

Transcript of ESPN & Missouri Valley Conference Media Call to Announce 10-Year Rights Extension  

Doug Elgin: Good morning, everyone. We are here in Chicago at Loyola University’s School of Communications to announce a long-term extension of the ESPN rights agreement, which clearly signals a new era for our conference. For the term of this new agreement, which runs through the ’23/’24 academic year, the MVC and its member institutions will work together to produce thousands of live athletic events that will be distributed on ESPN3. The co-branded network that will launch next month, The Valley on ESPN3, serves to recognize that our conference continues to be committed to remaining competitive in a fast-changing NCAA Division I landscape. This exponential increase in exposure will bring significant emphasis to men’s and women’s basketball and every conference-sponsored sport.   A key aspect of this campus-based television model will be the involvement of students in the production of live athletics events, and this student involvement is central and foundational to this agreement. Students majoring in broadcast journalism, communications or other areas of study will receive hands-on experience that will enhance their qualifications and opportunities for employment in television media or related fields.   I’m very proud of the commitments that our president’s council and directors are making to our student-athletes and athletic programs and the campus communities in general. We believe ESPN’s commitment to our league through this new agreement is an acknowledgment of our men’s basketball competitiveness that we can compete at the highest level. Certainly Wichita State’s rise to national power and Northern Iowa’s strong run in recent years have opened doors for us, but we’re seeing a much more competitive league in men’s basketball top to bottom.   This new network will provide opportunities to promote academic programs and showcase individuals throughout our campus communities. We are extremely grateful that the Missouri Valley’s relationship with ESPN will be stronger than ever. I think today’s announcement represents one of the biggest steps the MVC has taken in the modern era. This new network will be a game changer for our league. We are a basketball-centric league and the extension of our ESPN agreement ensures we will continue to compete on a national stage. Coaches in every sport will use this exposure to recruit more effectively.   I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Rosalyn Durant, senior vice president of ESPN’s college networks, and Brent Colborne, the director of programming and acquisitions for their hard work in helping to make this strengthened relationship with the MVC possible. I would also like to commend the MVC Associate Commissioner Jack Watkins and media consultant Rick Chryst, who played critical roles in this process.

Ilan Ben-Hanan: Good morning. The Missouri Valley Conference has been a significant contributor to ESPN’s college sports content since our early years, and with this deal will continue to play a key role into the next decade, nearly 40 years since our first agreement. This extension places the conference and its member institutions at the forefront of innovative sports coverage.   The MVC has been a pioneer in embracing new technology. National coverage of multiple sports that didn’t previously exist to millions of fans is the latest example.  We all see the on-campus production initiative as an opportunity for both academic and athletic programs at the member institutions, with benefits that include hands-on experience for students and unprecedented exposure for sports that might otherwise not have been shown on television.

Larry Lyons: The relationship between The Valley and ESPN is tremendous news for MVC men’s basketball. It will provide national coverage for each Valley school as we produce live events for ESPN3. Not only are we building a national platform for our teams to showcase themselves, we are extending the reach of all of our institutions to friends, family, fans, alumni, prospective student-athletes and prospective students. I’m confident that each campus will strive to produce the highest quality of live content and use the creative talents of students and staff to tell the story of inside each contest.

David Wright: This is an exciting day for Drake University and our production. For 28 years we’ve been doing sports production at Drake. We are incredibly excited about the expertise that ESPN will give us and the infusion of excitement of students getting involved in more and more production. This is a new era. What I really am excited about it is it will put athletes and academics together at a greater level than we’ve ever before had at Drake. We are very excited about this.

Gregg Marshall: It obviously gives us an opportunity to play on national television and many different stations across the ESPN brand. We had GameDay here last year. I thought it was tremendous the way they were received as well as the way the league presented itself with the Northern Iowa team coming in as a top-10 team, we were top-10. It just made for great theater with the regular-season title on the line. I know we have the mandate from the league that our teams are supposed to try to participate in the exempt tournaments that are showcased on ESPN over the holiday season. We’ve been doing that for several years. We’re just excited and ecstatic to be able to showcase our league and our program at Wichita State on ESPN.

  1. Coach Marshall, how do you think this agreement maybe puts you closer, or more on par with, other conferences that you not only compete against but recruit against?

Marshall: Well, I think any time you can appear on ESPN, it helps you with not just your regional but national exposure. You can go anywhere and get ESPN channels, and now with ESPN3 from your laptop, which I’ve learned how to do myself. We have an Apple TV. We can watch just about any game now. The Valley is going to be able to talk about how many times you’re on television.   I think every game we played last year was on television. If it wasn’t on ESPN or CBS, then it was on statewide in Kansas. That was only a handful of times. We were on regionally and nationally 20-something times last year, which is great.  Now the other schools will be able to say the same thing. I think it really helps us from a recruiting standpoint, as you mentioned.

  1. Doug, what does it mean to the brand to have your Olympic sports more exposed to a larger audience? Secondly, you’ve been the commissioner for 28 years. There have been a lot of historic moments as commissioner. How does consummating a deal with the number one brand name in the world, how does that rank among your many accomplishments as the commissioner?

Elgin: It’s right up there at the very top. We’ve never underestimated the promotional power of ESPN. When you think about networks that you can partner with, you certainly look to the worldwide leader. I think through the years we’ve had probably seven or eight different contracts with ESPN. This one kind of fills in all the cracks, all of our sports programs are going to benefit. I think the programs that are going to gain the most are those that have been exposed the least. Those would be the Olympic sports. Baseball has been great. We’ve had three teams in the baseball tournament this year, and many years in past history.   I do think this is going to help our recruiting, our coaches, and every program will have the opportunity to tell recruits and their families they’ll be able to watch their sons and daughters play every game of their college careers essentially at home.

  1. Doug, I was curious, what is the financial benefit for the schools out of this deal?

Elgin: Unfortunately, we’re not in a position to talk about the finances of contracts that we have with media companies. I can’t really expound upon that.

  1. Commissioner Elgin, can you speak to the role that the students will have in this production? Is it the full scope of it? To what extent? Is there any concern or consideration for how this would impact quality since you’re lining that up against perhaps some more veteran, more experienced crew members?

Elgin: I’d like to kick that question to associate commissioner Jack Watkins who has been out in the field.

Jack Watkins: ESPN has been largely involved in this process even when we did not have a contract. There have been production professors, if you will, that have been involved with conference calls that have actually made trips to campuses to meet not only with athletic staff, but individuals like Professor David Wright at Drake, to help convey what ESPN expectations are, that production guidelines are met.   To answer your question about the involvement of students, it can be from either running cameras to directing or producing.  The long-term is to have as many students engaged and involved. This whole process with the build-out on campus began in earnest in September of 2014. As Doug communicated earlier, we are looking for a launch date on ESPN at or around September the 4. Our institutions as well as ESPN personnel have been in consistent dialogue to move forward and to produce the very best product we can on air.

Ben-Hanan: In addition to all the benefits and procedures and plans that Jack has described, the opportunity for a deal like this to help deepen and diversify our talent pool, find future people that can work for us or other media companies, is a great asset and part of this deal, something we’re excited about.

  1. Doug or Jack, I want to make sure I understand right. In previous years I could watch Valley games on ESPN3.  Educate me how this is different going forward. Secondly, I noticed in the release, there was a buildup, because it talks about a minimum of basketball games in the six-year agreement. Explain how this is going to roll out. What will fans notice different than in past years? 

Elgin: As Gregg Marshall pointed out, people are becoming much more comfortable accessing live content through mobile apps and WatchESPN. That’s going to be the biggest change. Every game we play in conference in men’s and women’s basketball will be televised in the early years of this agreement. We’re going to start with the court sports, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball. There’s going to be an eagerness by our conference institutions to produce as many events as they can. They will have a blank page to write on. They can produce as many outdoor sporting events as they can capably handle in the early years. But we’re going to peak at literally 800-plus events a year in the final six years of the agreement.   We’re stair-stepping up to that with numbers that we’re capable of achieving. This is going to be a big endeavor for our schools. I think there’s going to be a lot of excitement on campuses. We’re going to tell stories that couldn’t be told on linear networks. We’re going to have opportunities to talk about individuals on campus, faculty members, students that are achieving in the classroom. I just think there’s going to be a whole new wave of opportunity to market and sell our schools.

  1. What does it mean for local packages then, like in Wichita?  Does that go away? 

Elgin: It does not. I think this contract very carefully protects our institutional packages at levels of production in past years, most recent years. We also have protection of our regional syndication. That’s been very important to us, the opportunity to produce games and put them on the regional networks. The best part of that is outside of our five-state footprint, ESPN3 will continue to carry all these games nationally. Again, I credit ESPN for allowing us to spread our games across multiple networks and platforms. We couldn’t be happier with the state of our television operation.

  1. Mr. Ben-Hanan, you talked about the student involvement with the ESPN3 product, with the involvement of each respective Missouri Valley Conference school. I guess on-air is going to be included with that student help. If that’s the case, is there any worry from the on-air quality you are going to get from your student broadcasters?

Ben-Hanan: Thanks for the question. I think all of these things are a process. I think we have had experience with other students involved in our productions at other schools and conferences. So we’re going into this with some expertise and some knowledge of that. Generally speaking, what we’re talking about here from student involvement does not always extend to on-air. Oftentimes we’re talking about the ability to help run cameras, the production truck, run graphics, and the ability to build up and ramp up to production and direction roles.   Certainly there could be an opportunity here or there for students to have some on-air roles. We’ve done things in past years literally involving students embedded in the student section, which gives you a perspective you can’t get otherwise. I think, generally speaking, anyone who rises to that role, we have an expectation of professionalism.  There would be rehearsals and opportunities that hopefully will allow for a level of quality. Having said that, there certainly will be a learning curve. I think we have an expectation that if fans are tuning in to a game, no matter how it’s produced, that it’s credible, that it’s professional, and that it is functional and allows fans to enjoy the game every bit as much as they would otherwise.

  1. Mr. Wright, I know from the Indiana State University campus, there’s a lot of talk about the students being involved primarily with the on-air stuff. From the Drake perspective, what are you planning on doing with your students? 

Wright: Excellent question. We’ve been doing video production for about 28 years in my time at Drake, starting from a delivery truck where we had folding tables. We train our students in a number of the production classes, but now we also have a production division that’s doing work for our steaming and scoreboards. We’ve already made investments in equipment in our production area in the journalism school that are actually very similar to the switcher, a little more powerful than the switcher we will be using in the athletics area. So we are starting to infuse that technology.   What we’re really excited about is the expertise ESPN brings on the graphics side, on the ‘look’ side, and also on the on-air talent side. We’re using a lot of students for on-air talent for some of our cablecasts streaming now. I think the initial thing will be working on the packages, behind the scenes, really understanding what’s going on in the different sports that would be hard for a crew that was coming in from out of town to really know that insight.  That’s where I see that coming eventually. I hope with training, the recruiting is going to change. We’re excited about releasing this to prospective students to say, Look at the opportunities you have to start working towards this.  Hopefully by the time they get to their senior year they’ll be up to snuff. My background says we can do this; we can produce the quality to be on ESPN.

  1. Doug, what is a good audience for the ESPN3?  What are kind of the projections since more and more people are cutting the cord on cable a little bit?  Is this a move towards the future? 

Elgin: I think we’d like to kick that question to our friend in Los Angeles, Ilan Ben-Hanan.

Ben-Hanan: For us a good audience is fans can see the game. We’re really not as concerned with the individual game metrics and trying to determine on a game-by-game basis the total size of the audience. A deal like this is both qualitative and quantitative in nature. And the ability to get these games on in a form that wasn’t even possible just a couple years ago, the ability to not have to worry about the shelf space concerns that have always been limiting for the amount of total games that can be on. That’s what is game-changing about a deal like this. Ultimately our hope is that for the student-athletes, their families, the fans of these schools, the fans of basketball in general, even for the selection committees in the various sports to see these teams, I think that has an impact, not just how many people are tuned in to a given game, but a team’s quest for championships.

  1. – Question regarding current access and the games moving to ESPN3 –

Watkins: Part of this deal, the commitment in the first year is to the core sports of volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball. But the long-term viability and sustainability of this network is to add more sports as the years go on. As part of the deal, those previous sports that were webcast will now be the exclusive property of The Valley on ESPN3.

  1. What kind of investment has The Valley estimated most schools are going to have to put into this to pull this off?

Elgin: I think that varies at each institution. As Professor Wright pointed out, Drake has long made investments in their infrastructure. They’ve been leaders in institutional telecasts. I think that commitment will continue.

  1. For ESPN, has the network ever done anything like this before with any other conference or any league? Is this completely groundbreaking in its nature? 

Ben-Hanan: We have had some experience working with some individual schools in doing these kind of what we call ‘school production deals’. We’ve had some conversations with some conferences that have kind of opened the door for the opportunity to do this. I think something like this done at the conference level with the support of both the academic and athletic sides of the house from the very beginning of the deal, that I think is what makes this very unique. We’ve had some experience, but doing something this comprehensive from the very beginning is something we’re really excited about.

  1. On the investment question. What about the actual equipment, cameras, things like that? Is ESPN going to be involved in helping foot that bill or is that up to the schools? 

Watkins: Any cost will be between the conference and the schools as it relates to the production build-out for our institutions. Again, it’s an initiative. Each school is different in terms of the equipment needs and the infrastructure. Any costs to acquire that equipment or those amenities to make the network viable will be between the conference and our 10 member institutions.   I think it’s important to recognize from the Missouri Valley Conference’s perspective that we have a co-branded channel mark in The Valley on ESPN, that the conference has a mark of which it’s proud. It’s a co-branded mark as a leader in the industry. I think that really becomes our calling card from this point forward.

Elgin: One other thing that differentiates our deal from the others is the tonnage, the sheer number of events that are going to be produced by our campuses and by The Missouri Valley for distribution on ESPN3. More information on ESPN’s coverage of Missouri Valley Conference athletics is available online along with all of the latest sports headlines at:

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ESPN Networks To Carry Full Coverage Of 2015 NCAA Division I College Baseball Tournament

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The weather around the country is finally warming up. And just as it is, so are things for the boys of summer. This includes not just the majors but the college ranks, too. The field for the College Baseball Championship tournament was set this past weekend. THIS weekend, the tournament itself begins. And when it does, ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will have full coverage of the tournament.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, and the SEC Network will combine to cover all 153 matchups from the tournament’s regions all the way to the College World Series. ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN 3 will carry coverage of the tournament’s Regional round (May 29th – June 1st). Super Regional coverage presented by Capital One (June 5th – 8th) will be carried on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. And the world Series (June 13th – 24th) will be carried on ESPN and ESPN2.

Regional coverage will feature the return of ESPN’s four-day Bases Loaded platform. The Bases Loaded platform provides audiences with no fewer than thirty-nine hours of live, unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from a number of games. This includes up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN’s analysts. ESPNU and ESPN2 will carry a total of thirty-one hours of Bases Loaded while ESPN3 will carry Bases Loaded coverage in its entirety. ESPNU and ESPN2 will carry ten hours of coverage this Friday and Saturday, followed by six hours of coverage on Sunday amd up to five hours of coverage next Monday. Matt Schick and Brendan Fitzgerald will have the call for the games. They will be joined by analysts Kyle Peterson and Ben McDonald for the broadcasts. the complete broadcast schedule for the tournament’s Regional round is listed below.

Site: Los Angeles, Calif.
Commentators: Clay Matvick, Mike Rooney
Teams: No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Ole Miss, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 CSU Bakersfield
Networks: ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Maryland vs. Ole Miss: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – CSU Bakersfield vs. UCLA: May 29 at 11 p.m., ESPNU
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 11 p.m.

Site: Baton Rouge, La.
Commentators: Mike Keith, Rusty Ensor
Teams: No. 1 LSU, No. 2 UNC Wilmington, No. 3 Tulane, No. 4 Lehigh
Networks: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Lehigh vs. LSU: May 29 at 4 p.m., SEC Network
Game 2 – Tulane vs. UNC Wilmington: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 4 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 8 p.m.

Site: Louisville, Ky.
Commentators: Doug Bell, Wes Clements
Teams: No. 1 Louisville, No. 2 Bradley, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Morehead State
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Michigan vs. Bradley: May 29 at 2 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Morehead State vs. Louisville: May 29 at 6 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at Noon & 4 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at Noon & 4 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 6 p.m.

Site: Gainesville, Fla.
Commentators: Mike Morgan, Dave Perno
Teams: No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Florida Atlantic, No. 3 USF, No. 4 Florida A&M
Networks: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – USF vs. Florida Atlantic: May 29 at 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Florida A&M vs. Florida: May 29 at 7 p.m., SEC Network
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at Noon & 4 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7 p.m.

Site: Coral Gables, Fla.
Commentators: Jason Benetti, Nick Belmonte
Teams: No. 1 Miami, No. 2 East Carolina, No. 3 Columbia, No. 4 Florida International
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Columbia vs. East Carolina: May 29 at 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Florida International vs. Miami: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7 p.m.

Site: Champaign, Ill.
Commentators: Jim Barbar, Jerry Kindall
Teams: No. 1 Illinois, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Wright State, No. 4 Ohio
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Wright State vs. Notre Dame: May 29 a 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Ohio vs. Illinois: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 2 p.m.

Site: Fort Worth, Texas
Commentators: Brett Dolan, Greg Swindell
Teams: No. 1 TCU, No. 2 NC State, No. 3 Stony Brook, No. 4 Sacred Heart
Networks: ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Stony Brook vs. NC State: May 29 at 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Sacred Heart vs. TCU: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 8 p.m.

Site: Springfield, Mo.
Commentators: Anish Shroff, Landon Powell
Teams: No. 1 Missouri State, No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Canisius
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Oregon vs. Iowa: May 29 at 2 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Canisius vs. Missouri State: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 2 p.m.

Site: College State, Texas
Commentators: Tom Hart, Gabe Gross
Teams: No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 2 Coastal Carolina, No. 3 Cal, No. 4 Texas Southern
Networks: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Cal vs. Coastal Carolina: May 29 at 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Texas Southern vs. Texas A&M: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Site: Dallas, Texas
Commentators: Kevin Dunn, Keith Moreland
Teams: No. 1 Dallas Baptist, No. 2 Oregon State, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 VCU
Networks: ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1- Texas vs. Oregon State: May 29 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – VCU vs. Dallas Baptist: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at Noon & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 8 p.m.

Site: Nashville, Tenn.
Commentators: Dave Neal, Chris Burke
Teams: No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 2 Radford, No. 3 Indiana, No. 4 Lipscomb
Network: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Indiana vs. Radford: May 29 at 3 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Lipscomb vs. Vanderbilt: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Site: Houston, Texas
Commentators: Doug Sherman, John Gregory
Teams: No. 1 Houston, No. 2 Rice, No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 4 Houston Baptist
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Rice: May 29 at 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Houston Baptist vs. Houston: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 8 p.m.

Site: Tallahassee, Fla.
Commentators: Mike Couzens, Eduardo Perez
Teams: No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 College of Charleston, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Mercer
Networks: SEC Network or ESPN3
Game 1 – Auburn vs. College of Charleston: May 29 at Noon, ESPN3
Game 2 – Mercer vs. Florida State: May 29 at 6 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at Noon & 6 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at Noon & 6 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 6 p.m.

Site: Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Commentators: Trey Bender, Jay Walker
Teams: No. 1 UC Santa Barbara, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 San Diego State
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Virginia vs. USC: May 29 at 6 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – San Diego State vs. UC Santa Barbara: May 29 at 10 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 9 p.m.

Site: Stillwater, Okla.
Commentators: Mark Neely, Jay Powell
Teams: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Oral Roberts, No. 4 St. John’s
Networks: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Oral Roberts vs. Arkansas: May 29 at 1 p.m., SEC Network
Game 2 – St. John’s vs. Oklahoma State: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7 p.m.

Site: Fullerton, Calif.
Commentators: Roxy Bernstein, Randy Flores
Teams: No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Pepperdine
Networks: ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Clemson vs. Arizona State: May 29 at 6 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Pepperdine vs. Cal State Fullerton: May 29 at 10 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 11 p.m.

More information on the ESPN family of networks’ coverage of the NCAA Division I College Baseball tournament is available online now at:

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ESPN Releases Record Broadcast Schedule For 2015 NCAA College Baseball Season

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ESPN announced Monday its broadcast schedule for the 2015 NCAA college baseball season.

The announcement from officials with the Worldwide Leader in Sports revealed that the upcoming season will be the most expansive for ESPN and the ESPN family of networks. That is because in all, ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will broadcast more than 675 regular-season games. This includes the fledgling Longhorn Network, SEC Network, SEC Network+ and ESPN3. ESPN3’s coverage of the 2015 NCAA college baseball season begins next Friday, February 13th at 4pm as the #12 Florida State Seminoles host the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies.

Along with its extensive regular-season broadcast schedule, ESPN will also offer post-season coverage of the conference tournaments and the NCAA Division I College Baseball Championship. This includes the selection of the 64-team field. The complete broadcast schedule for the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2015 NCAA college baseball season is listed below.

2015 ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and ESPN3 Regular-Season Schedule

 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Feb 13 4 p.m. Oakland at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
Sat, Feb 14 2 p.m. Oakland at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
Sun, Feb 15 Noon Oakland at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
Tue, Feb 17 6 p.m. Georgia Tech at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  6 p.m. UTSA at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Feb 20 6 p.m. Minnesota at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Feb 21 3 p.m. Minnesota at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  4:30 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at Georgia SEC Network
  6 p.m. Minnesota at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
Sun, Feb 22 1 p.m. Minnesota at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
Tue, Feb 24 6 p.m. Texas-Pan American at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Feb 27 6 p.m. Georgia at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. No. 10 South Carolina at Clemson ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. San Diego at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Feb 28 Noon California at Arkansas SEC Network
  2 p.m. Georgia at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  3 p.m. Arizona at No. 25 Mississippi State SEC Network
  6:30 p.m. San Diego at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, March 1 Noon Clemson at No. 10 South Carolina SEC Network
  1 p.m. Georgia at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  1 p.m. San Diego at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
Tue, March 3 4 p.m. USF at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. East Carolina at NC State ESPN3
Wed, March 4 4 p.m. USF at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
Fri, March 6 3 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  4 p.m. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  4 p.m. Utah at Kansas ESPN3
  6 p.m. Boston College at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Clemson at NC State ESPN3
Sat, March 7 1 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  2 p.m. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  3 p.m. Utah at Kansas ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Clemson at NC State ESPN3
Sun, March 8 1 p.m. Boston College at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  1 p.m. Clemson at NC State ESPN3
  2 p.m. Utah at Kansas ESPN3
Tue, March 10 6 p.m. UCF at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  6 p.m. Incarnate Word at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Cincinnati at Kentucky SEC Network
Wed, March 11 4 p.m. UCF at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
Fri, March 13 3 p.m. Boston College at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  4 p.m. Michigan at Kansas ESPN3
  6 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Georgia Tech at Duke ESPN3
  6 p.m. West Virginia at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  6:30 p.m. Notre Dame at Clemson ESPN3
Sat, March 14 1 p.m. Georgia Tech at Duke ESPN3
  1 p.m. Boston College at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  2 p.m. Notre Dame at Clemson ESPN3
  3 p.m. Michigan at Kansas ESPN3
  5 p.m. Auburn at No. 23 Texas A&M SEC Network
  5 p.m. West Virginia at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  6 p.m. Wake Forest at No 12 Florida State ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 18 Ole Miss at No. 4 LSU SEC Network
Sun, March 15 1 p.m. Notre Dame at Clemson ESPN3
  1 p.m. Georgia Tech at Duke ESPN3
  1 p.m. Boston College at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  2 p.m. Michigan at Kansas ESPN3
  4 p.m. No. 18 Ole Miss at No. 4 LSU SEC Network
Tue, March 17 7 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
Thu, March 19 7 p.m. No. 4 LSU at Arkansas SEC Network
Fri, March 20 5:30 p.m. Clemson at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at Wake Forest ESPN3
  6 p.m. Kansas State at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  7 p.m. Iowa at Kansas ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 4 LSU at Arkansas SEC Network
Sat, March 21 2 p.m. Columbia at USC Upstate ESPN3
  2 p.m. Kansas State at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. Iowa at Kansas ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 10 South Carolina at Missouri SEC Network
  4 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  4 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at Wake Forest ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 1 Vanderbilt at Auburn ESPNU
Sun, March 22 1 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at Wake Forest ESPN3
  1 p.m. Clemson at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. Kansas State at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  2 p.m. Iowa at Kansas ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 18 Ole Miss ESPNU
Tue, March 24 6 p.m. Auburn at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Wed, March 25 7 p.m. Cincinnati at Tennessee SEC Network
Thu, March 26 7 p.m. Alabama at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 18 Ole Miss at Arkansas ESPNU
Fri, March 27 3 p.m. Rider at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at Notre Dame ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Clemson ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 18 Ole Miss at Arkansas SEC Network
  7 p.m. Presbyterian at Liberty ESPN3
Sat, March 28 1 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  2 p.m. Missouri at No. 23 Texas A&M SEC Network
  3 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  5 p.m. Tennessee at No. 1 Vanderbilt SEC Network
  6 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Clemson ESPN3
Sun, March 29 1 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  1 p.m. Wake Forest at Clemson ESPN3
  1 p.m. Rider at St. John’s ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Tennessee at No. 1 Vanderbilt SEC Network
Tue, March 31 3 p.m. Wagner at St. John’s ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. VMI at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  6 p.m. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Georgia Tech at Georgia SEC Network
Thu, April 2 6:30 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at NC State ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 23 Texas A&M at Kentucky SEC Network
  8 p.m. No. 10 South Carolina at No. 25 Mississippi State ESPNU
Fri, April 3 6:30 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at NC State ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 23 Texas A&M at Kentucky SEC Network
  7 p.m. Longwood at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
Sat, April 4 1 p.m. No. 23 Texas A&M at Kentucky SEC Network
  2 p.m. Indiana State at Wichita State ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at NC State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 6 Texas at No. 7 Oklahoma State ESPNU
Sun, April 5 Noon No. 1 Vanderbilt at Georgia SEC Network
  2 pm. No. 6 Texas at No 7 Oklahoma State ESPNU
Mon, April 6 7 p.m. No. 7 Louisville at No. 2 Virginia ESPNU
Tue, April 7 6:30 p.m. Georgia at Clemson ESPN3
  7 p.m. New Mexico at Kansas ESPN3
  7 p.m. Wichita State at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
Wed, April 8 4 p.m. New Mexico at Kansas ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Columbia at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. Kentucky at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
Thu, April 9 7 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 18 Ole Miss at No. 1 Vanderbilt ESPNU
Fri, April 10 3 p.m. Seton Hall at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at Notre Dame ESPN3
  6 p.m. Wake Forest at Pitt ESPN3
  7 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 7 Oklahoma State at Kansas ESPN3
  7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at High Point ESPN3
  7 p.m. Oklahoma at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. NC State at No. 15 North Carolina ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. Oregon State at No. 16 Oregon ESPNU
Sat, April 11 Noon Missouri at Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Seton Hall at St. John’s ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at Notre Dame ESPN3
  3 p.m. No. 18 Ole Miss at No. 1 Vanderbilt SEC Network
  3 p.m. Wake Forest at Pitt ESPN3
  3 p.m. No. 7 Oklahoma State at Kansas ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Oklahoma at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 10 South Carolina at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  6 p.m. NC State at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  10:30 p.m. Arizona at No. 21 Arizona State ESPNU
Sun, April 12 Noon No. 10 South Carolina at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  1 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at Notre Dame ESPN3
  1 p.m. Wake Forest at Pitt ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. Seton Hall at St. John’s ESPN3
  1 p.m. Stetson at USC Upstate ESPN3
  2 p.m. NC State at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Oklahoma at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Campbell at Liberty ESPNU
Tue April 14 6 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Sam Houston State at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. UAB at Alabama SEC Network
  7 p.m. Georgia at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Wed, April 15 6 p.m. Princeton at St. John’s ESPN3
  7 p.m. Missouri State at Kansas ESPN3
Thu, April 16 7 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 1 Vanderbilt at No. 10 South Carolina ESPNU
Fri, April 17 6 p.m. Pitt at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. NC State at Notre Dame ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Duke at Clemson ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 1 Vanderbilt at No. 10 South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 6 Texas at Kansas ESPN3
  7 p.m. UNC-Asheville at Winthrop ESPN3
Sat, April 18 Noon Tennessee at Kentucky SEC Network
  1 p.m. No. 1 Vanderbilt at No. 10 South Carolina ESPN2
  1 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  3 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 25 Mississippi State SEC Network
  6 p.m. Pitt at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Duke at Clemson ESPN3
  8 p.m. Alabama at Missouri SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Arkansas at No. 23 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sun, April 19 1 p.m. Alabama at Missouri SEC Network
  1 p.m. Duke at Clemson ESPN3
  1 p.m. Pitt at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. Lipscomb at USC Upstate ESPN3
  3 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 25 Mississippi State ESPNU
  4 p.m. Arkansas at No. 23 Texas A&M SEC Network
Tue, April 21 6 p.m. Stetson at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. College of Charleston at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  6 p.m. Texas State at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Clemson at Georgia SEC Network
Wed, April 22 3 p.m. Manhattan at St. John’s ESPN3
Thu, April 23 7 p.m. Georgia at Auburn SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 23 Texas A&M at No. 4 LSU ESPNU
Fri, April 24 3 p.m. Villanova at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. Virginia Tech at Duke ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at NC State ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Boston College at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  7 p.m. Georgia at Auburn SEC Network
  7 p.m. Clemson at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Sat, April 25 1 p.m. Georgia at Auburn SEC Network
  1 p.m. Virginia Tech at Duke ESPN3
  1 p.m. Villanova at St. John’s ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 23 Texas A&M at No. 4 LSU ESPN
  4 p.m. Notre Dame at Wake Forest ESPN3
  6 p.m. Boston College at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at NC State ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 11 Miami (Fla.) ESPNU
  8 p.m. Alabama at No. 18 Ole Miss SEC Network
  10 p.m. No. 9 UCLA at No. 22 Stanford ESPNU
Sun, April 26 12:30 p.m. Notre Dame at Wake Forest ESPN3
  1 p.m. Alabama at No. 18 Ole Miss ESPN
  1 p.m. No. 10 South Carolina at Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Virginia Tech at Duke ESPN3
  1 p.m. Clemson at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at NC State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Boston College at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  1 p.m. Villanova at St. John’s ESPN3
Tue, April 28 6 p.m. Michigan State at Notre Dame ESPN3
  6 p.m. Prairie View A&M at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7p.m. No. 7 Louisville at Kentucky SEC Network
  8 p.m. Oklahoma at Wichita State ESPNU
Wed, April 29 6 p.m. Iona at St. John’s ESPN3
  7 p.m. Kennesaw State at Auburn SEC Network
  7 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Kansas ESPN3
Thu, April 30 7 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 4 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State ESPNU
Fri, May 1 2 p.m. Boston College at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  6 p.m. South Alabama at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 13 Texas Tech at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama SEC Network
  7 p.m. Baylor at Kansas ESPN3
  7 p.m. Campbell at Gardner-Webb ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 4 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State ESPNU
Sat, May 2 Noon No. 5 Florida at Georgia ESPNU
  1 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama ESPN2
  1 p.m. Boston College at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  2 p.m. South Alabama at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 13 Texas Tech at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. Baylor at Kansas ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Auburn at No. 10 South Carolina SEC Network
  4 p.m. No. 4 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State ESPN2
  7 p.m. No. 23 Texas A&M at Tennessee SEC Network
Sun, May 3 1 p.m. Boston College at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. South Alabama at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 13 Texas Tech at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  2 p.m. Auburn at No. 10 South Carolina ESPNU
  2 p.m. Baylor at Kansas ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. No. 7 Louisville at Clemson ESPN3
Mon, May 4 7 p.m. No. 7 Louisville at Clemson ESPNU
Tue, May 5 6 p.m. Albany at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. Texas State at No. 6 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. USF at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
Wed, May 6 6:30 p.m. College of Charleston at Clemson ESPN3
Thu, May 7 7:30 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 1 Vanderbilt ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. No. 25 Mississippi State at No. 18 Ole Miss SEC Network
Fri, May 8 6 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  6 p.m. Xavier at St. John’s ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 25 Mississippi State at No. 18 Ole Miss SEC Network
  7 p.m. Charleston Southern at Radford ESPN3
  8 p.m. Duke at No. 2 Virginia ESPNU
Sat, May 9 1 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 1 Vanderbilt SEC Network
  1 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina at Notre Dame ESPN3
  1 p.m. Xavier at St. John’s ESPN3
  5 p.m. No. 25 Mississippi State at No. 18 Ole Miss SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Missouri at No. 4 LSU SEC Network
Sun, May 10 Noon Georgia at Kentucky SEC Network
  1 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  1 p.m. North Florida at USC Upstate ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina at Notre Dame ESPN3
  3 p.m. Missouri at No. 4 LSU SEC Network
Mon, May 11 7 p.m. NC State at Wake Forest ESPNU
Tue, May 12 6 p.m. Kennesaw State at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 1 Vanderbilt at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3
  7 p.m. North Kentucky at Kentucky SEC Network
Thu, May 14 6 p.m. Wake Forest at Duke ESPN3
  6 p.m. Clemson at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Virginia Tech at Pitt ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. SEC Wildcard: TBD ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. SEC Wildcard: TBD SEC Network
Fri, May 15 1 p.m. Wake Forest at Duke ESPN3
  6 p.m. Clemson at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at No. 15 North Carolina ESPN3
  6 p.m. Virginia Tech at Pitt ESPN3
  6 p.m. Wake Forest at Duke ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. No. 7 Louisville at NC State ESPN3
  7 p.m. High Point at Liberty ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 4 LSU at No. 10 South Carolina ESPNU
Sat, May 16 Noon No. 2 Virginia at No. 15 North Carolina ESPNU
  1 p.m. No. 25 Mississippi State at Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Clemson at No. 12 Florida State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Virginia Tech at Pitt ESPN3
  3 p.m. SWAC Baseball Championship – Championship ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. No. 1 Vanderbilt at Alabama SEC Network
  8 p.m. No. 4 LSU at No. 10 South Carolina SEC Network
Tue, May 19 10:30 a.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Game 1 SEC Network
  TBD SEC Baseball Championship – Game 2 SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Game 3 SEC Network
  TBD SEC Baseball Championship – Game 4 SEC Network
Wed, May 20 10:30 a.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Game 5 SEC Network
  TBD SEC Baseball Championship – Game 6 SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Game 7 SEC Network
  TBD SEC Baseball Championship – Game 8 SEC Network
Thu, May 21 10:30 a.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Game 9 SEC Network
  TBD SEC Baseball Championship – Game 10 SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Game 11 SEC Network
  TBD SEC Baseball Championship – Game 12 SEC Network
  11 p.m. Long Beach State at No. 19 Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Fri, May 22 1 p.m. Horizon League Baseball Championship ESPN3
  3 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship ESPN3
  4 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Game 13 SEC Network
  5 p.m. Horizon League Baseball Championship ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship ESPN3
  TBD SEC Baseball Championship – Game 14 SEC Network
  11 p.m. Long Beach State at No. 19 Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Sat, May 23 9 a.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship ESPN3
  1 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Game 15 SEC Network
  TBD SEC Baseball Championship – Game 16 SEC Network
  4 p.m. Horizon League Baseball Championship – Championship ESPN3
  4 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship ^ ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship ^ ESPN3
  10 p.m. West Coast Baseball Championship – Championship ESPNU
Sun, May 24 Noon American Baseball Championship – Championship ESPNU
  1 p.m. ACC Baseball Championship – Championship ESPN2
  1 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship – Championship ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship – Championship ESPN2

All of the latest news on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2015 NCAA college baseball season is available online at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/blog/_/name/ncaa_baseball

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered By State Farm Opens 2015 Season In Iowa

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Officials with ESPN have announced the site of the network’s first broadcast in its 2015 college basketball broadcast season.

ESPN will open the 2015 season of College GameDay covered by State Farm on Saturday, January 17th in Ames, Iowa. The first in the network’s eight-week season, the broadcast will come ahead of the Saturday Primetime presented by DirecTV matchup between #17 Iowa State and #12 Kansas. Tipoff for the Big 12 contest is scheduled for 9pm ET. College GameDay covered by State Farm will cover not only the matchup between Iowa State and Kansas but all of the day’s games. It all starts at 10am ET on ESPNU. ESPN picks up coverage at 11am ET and then offers another edition at 8pm ET.

Audiences will see some new faces throughout this season of ESPN’s College GameDay covered by State Farm. Analysts Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams join the returning team of host Rece Davis and analyst Jay Bilas. Dan Shulman will also be back along with reporter Shannon Spake. They will be joined by Jay Bilas for full coverage of the matchup between the Hawkeyes and Jayhawks.

Over on ESPN, #14 West Virginia will be on the road against #10 Texas the same day. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 6:15pm ET. Dave Flemming and Fran Fraschilla will have the call for the game.  The site for each week’s broadcast of College GameDay covered by State Farm will be announced a week ahead of those games within the show’s broadcast. More information on the ESPN family of networks’ college basketball coverage is available online at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCBB

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ESPN Events Announces Details Of Very Busy College Football Bowl Game Schedule

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The 2014 College football regular season is over and now it’s on to the “post season. With the “post season” comes the annual announcement of which teams will go bowling. And that announcement was made last night with ESPN Events announcing its schedule for this year’s bowl games in accordance.

ESPN Events owns and operates eleven of the bowl games that make up the annual college football bowl schedule. The first of those eleven games is the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl will be held Saturday, December 20th. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:20pm ET/12:20 pm MT. Utah State (9 – 4 overall, 6 – 2 conference) will represent the Mountain West in the game. The Aggies will take on the Utep Miners from Conference USA. UTEP is 7 – 5 overall and 5 – 3 in conference play. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl will be played live at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

The second game on ESPN Events’ schedule of bowl games is the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The Utah Utes (8 – 4 overall, 5 – 4 conference) will represent the Pac -12 in the game while The Colorado State Rams (10 – 2 overall, 6 – 2 conference) will play for the Mountain West. The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is also set for Saturday, December 20th. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30pm ET. The game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV and will be broadcast live on ABC.

Third up on ESPN Events’ bowl schedule is the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. 2014 marks the 18th year that the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be held as part of college football’s “post season.” It is the nation’s longest-running cold weather bowl game. As with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, that game is also scheduled for Saturday, December 20th. The Broncos of Western Michigan (Mid-American, 8 – 4 overall, 6 – 2 conference) will take on the Mountain West’s Air Force Academy Falcons (9 – 3 overall, 5 – 3 conference) in this game. The game will come live from Boise State University’s Bronco Stadium. It will broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

The fourth game on the schedule for ESPN Events is one of two newly-created bowl games. That game, the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, will be a prime-time game on Saturday, December 20th. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:15pm ET. The Jaguars of South Alabama (6 – 6 overall, 5 – 3 conference) will represent the Sun Belt as they take on the MAC representative Bowling Green Falcons (7 – 6 overall, 5 – 3 conference). The game will be played at the Cranton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

Game Five on ESPN Events’ bowl schedule is another first-time bowl game. The Boca Raton Bowl will see C-USA Champion Marshall (12 – 1 overall, 7 – 1 conference) facing the Huskies of Northern Illinois from the MAC (11 – 2 overall, 7 – 1 conference) on Tuesday, December 23rd at 6pm ET. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Radio from the FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

The sixth game on ESPN Events’ 2014 bowl schedule is the Hawai’i Bowl. 2014 marks the thirteenth anniversary of the annual bowl. In its thirteenth anniversary year, C-USA rep Rice (7 – 5 overall, 5 – 3 conference) will face Mountain West rep Fresno State (6 – 7 overall, 5 – 3 conference). 2014 marks the tenth year that the Hawai’i Bowl has been held on Christmas. The game will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI. Kickoff is scheduled for 8pm ET. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

Game Seven on ESPN Events’ 2014 bowl schedule comes in the form of the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will take place the day after Christmas. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8 – 5 overall, 7 – 1 conference) from the C-USA will take on Big Ten rep the Illinois Fighting Illini (6 – 6 overall, 3 – 5 conference). Kickoff is scheduled for 1pm ET. The game will be played at Texas’ historic Cotton Bowl on the grounds of Fair Park. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

Also on December 26th, the ACC’s NC State (7 – 5 overall, 3 – 5 conference) will face the UCF Knights (9 – 3 overall, 7 – 1 conference) from the AAC in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Kickoff is schedule for 8pm ET. The game will come live from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

After Friday night’s game, ESPN’s bowl coverage will continue on Monday, December 29th with the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl live from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Arkansas Razorbacks (6 – 6 overall, 2 – 6 conference) will represent the SEC against the Texas Longhorns (6 – 6 overall, 5 – 4 conference) in this game. ESPN and ESPN Radio will have coverage of the game right from its 9pm ET kickoff.

The tenth game on ESPN Events’ schedule is the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Friday, January 2nd, 2015. The University of Houston fell to AAC foe Cincinnati over the weekend in the teams’ season ender, giving the Bearcats a piece of this year’s AAC Championship. Houston will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (6 – 6 overall, 4 – 4 conference) from the ACC. Kickoff is set for 12pm ET. The game will be played live at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU in For Worth, Texas. This year marks the twelfth year that the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has been a part of the college football “post season.”

Last on the list of ESPN Events’ bowl games is the Birmingham Bowl. The Pirates of East Carolina University (8 – 4 overall, 5 – 3 conference) will play for the AAC while Florida (6 – 5 overall, 4 – 4 conference) will represent the SEC. Florida is only one of two schools from the SEC to play in ESPN Events’ college bowl schedule this year. The only other SEC team to play in the schedule is Arkansas in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl. The game will be played live at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, January 3rd. Kickoff is set for 12pm ET. It will be carried live on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

The complete 2014 listing and details of this year’s bowl games is available online at:

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ESPN Networks Kick Off 2014 – 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Broadcast Schedule This Weekend

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Courtesy: ESPN/ESPNU

ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will kick off their coverage of the 2014-2015 college hockey season tomorrow.

Officials with ESPN announced this week that ESPN will kick off coverage of the 2014-2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Season Sunday, November 9th.  This year’s coverage opens with a matchup of #15 Notre Dame (5 – 2 – 1) and #1 Minnesota (5 – 1). The game will be broadcast tomorrow live beginning at 5pm ET on ESPNU.  The game will be broadcast live from the campus of the University of Minnesota.

John Buccigross will anchor tomorrow’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by Barry Melrose.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2014-2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Season is available online at

Website: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/

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Brad Paisley To Serve As Guest Picker On ESPN’s CGD Broadcast This Week

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Country music superstar Brad Paisley is set to appear on ESPN’s College GameDay this weekend.

Paisley will be a guest picker on this Saturday’s broadcast of College GameDay presented by Home Depot when host Chris Fowler and the rest of the CGD crew rolls into Morgantown, West Virginia on the campus of West Virginia University. Chris Fowler will anchor Saturday’s live broadcast of the Emmy Award-winning show. He will be joined by analysts Lee Corso , Kirk Herbstreit, and Desmond Howard at the desk. The group will offer more picks and insight for this weekend’s slate of college football matchups. The show will broadcast live from the patio of the Mountainlair Student Union on the campus of WVU. Saturday’s broadcast marks only the second time that ESPN’s College GameDay presented by Home Depot has been broadcast live from WVU. The Mountaineers’ matchup against the Horned Frogs of TCU will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30pm ET.

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In regards to the announcement of Paisley’s appearance, ESPN coordinating producer Lee Fitting discussed the network’s excitement at having Paisley, who is himself from West Virginia, appear live ahead of WVU’s matchup later Saturday afternoon. Anytime we can get a star of Brad Paisley’s stature on the show it is a huge win,” said Fitting. “On top of that, Brad is a West Virginia native and huge Mountaineers fan. GameDay’s been on a great run this season with celebrity guest pickers and Saturday morning in Morgantown with Brad on our set should be very entertaining.” Paisley released his latest full-length studio album Moonshine in the Trunk on August 25th.

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