CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The America East Conference, in collaboration with ESPN, unveiled its largest television package in conference history today, one that will significantly increase the conference’s number of productions for the 2012-13 season.
America East is entering the second year of a five-year contract with ESPN, whose platforms will be the conference’s exclusive home in 2012-13 and will carry four championship games, the entire men’s and women’s basketball tournament and more regular-season contests than any prior season.
“We are thrilled to offer our fans more opportunities to watch America East games than ever before,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “By increasing the number of basketball regular-season telecasts, adding the quarterfinals and committing to telecast both lacrosse title games for the second straight year, the 2012-13 package is the most complete offering in America East’s history.”
Some of the highlights of the 2012-13 schedule include:
• America East will produce a minimum of 36 games (72 total appearances), all on ESPN platforms, a 44 percent increase from last season.
• For the first time, every men’s and women’s programs will appear on ESPN3 at least once as part of the package.
• The conference will produce 19 regular-season basketball productions (12 men, 7 women) on ESPN3.
• ESPNU will also televise a rematch of last year’s America East Men’s Basketball Championship game between Stony Brook and Vermont on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. from Patrick Gym. It will be the sixth straight year ESPNU has telecast an America East regular-season contest.
• On Sunday, March 3, the final day of the regular season, America East will produce a wild card game featuring the league’s most intriguing matchup. Possibilities include: Albany at Stony Brook, Binghamton at UMBC, Hartford at Vermont and Maine at New Hampshire.
• For the first time in conference history, the entire America East Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championship will be carried on ESPN platforms in 2013.
§ The quarterfinals and semifinals will be telecast on ESPN3 from University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena on March 8-10.
§ ESPN2 will televise the America East Men’s Basketball Championship game on Saturday, March 16 from the highest remaining seed. It will be the 26th straight year the conference’s title game has aired on ESPN or ESPN2.
§ The women’s championship game will be carried on ESPN3 on Saturday, March 16. Game time and additional outlets may be announced at a later date.
• For the second straight year, America East will produce both lacrosse championship games on Saturday, May 4. The men’s title game will be carried on ESPNU for the first time in conference history on Saturday, May 4, while the women’s title game will be shown on ESPN3.
• In addition to this production package, America East, in partnership with Pack Network, will produce high-definition streams of the championship games in all team sports that are not televised, including men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, volleyball, baseball and softball.
ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen sports network available through an affiliated internet or video provider online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, will carry America East games exclusively for the second straight year in 2012-13.
“America East’s partnership with ESPN is crucial to exposing more people to our product and growing our brand nationally,” said Huchthausen. “As we saw last year, the ability to watch our games on several platforms through ESPN3 and WatchESPN online and via the app as well as through TVs via through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, gives fans several viewing options and will help us connect with a younger generation college sports fans.”
ESPN3 is available in approximately 73 million homes at no cost to fans who receive a high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated provider. Major cable providers within the America East footprint that provide ESPN3 access are Burlington Telecom, Comcast, Cox, RCN, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
Games on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU are also accessible through WatchESPN, ESPN’s authenticated networks service. Live streams of all the WatchESPN Networks are available at no additional cost to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV subscription from Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity TV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV or Midcontinent Communications.
About the America East Conference
Now in its fourth decade of operation, the America East Conference has evolved into one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division I conferences in the country with a commitment to broad-based, competitive athletics programs, complementing the academic integrity and missions of the member institutions. Progressive in its approach to its more than 3,400 student-athletes, America East recognizes champions in each of its 20 sports. America East also conducts the nation’s most comprehensive academic recognition program for student-athletes and collaborates on several community service initiatives throughout its geographic footprint each year. With members spanning from the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast regions of the United States, America East strives to develop champions in academics, athletics and leadership at its nine member institutions: University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont.
2012-13 America East Production Schedule
Tue. 15 MBB: Boston U. at Stony Brook (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Wed. 16 WBB: New Hampshire at Albany (ESPN3) 12 p.m.
Fri. 18 MBB: Stony Brook at Vermont (ESPNU) 7 p.m.
Tue. 22 MBB: Vermont at Maine (ESPN3) 7 p.m
Wed. 23 WBB: Stony Brook at UMBC (ESPN3) 12 p.m.
Thu. 24 MBB: Hartford at New Hampshire (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Sat. 26 WBB: Vermont at Albany (ESPN3) 5 p.m.
MBB: Vermont at Albany (ESPN3) 7:30 p.m.
Tue. 29 MBB: Stony Brook at Albany (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Wed. 30 MBB: UMBC at Binghamton (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Wed. 6 MBB: Hartford at Binghamton (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Sat. 9 MBB: Stony Brook at Hartford (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Tue. 12 MBB: Boston U. at Vermont (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Wed. 13 WBB: Maine at Hartford (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Sat. 16 MBB: Vermont at Stony Brook (ESPN3) 2 p.m.
Sun. 17 WBB: Albany at Hartford (ESPN3) 2 p.m.
Wed. 20 MBB: Maine at Vermont (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Thu. 21 WBB: Boston U. at Albany (ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Sat. 2 WBB: UMBC at Binghamton (ESPN3) 2 p.m.
Sun. 3 MBB: Wildcard Game (ESPN3) TBD
Fri. 8 WBB: AE Championship Quarterfinals (ESPN3) 12/2:30/6/8:30 p.m.
Sat. 9 MBB: AE Championship Quarterfinals (ESPN3) 12/2:30/6/8:30 p.m.
Sun. 10 WBB: AE Championship Semifinals (ESPN3) 11 a.m./1:30 p.m.
MBB: AE Championship Semifinals (ESPN3) 5/7:30 p.m.
Sat. 16 MBB: AE Championship Final (ESPN2) 11:30 a.m.
WBB: AE Championship Final (ESPN3) TBD
Sat. 4 MLAX: AE Championship Final (ESPNU) TBD
WLAX: AE Championship Final (ESPN3) TBD
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