Thirth-five America East basketball games will air on ESPN networks in 2013-14, the most in league history.
Thirth-five America East basketball games will air on ESPN networks in 2013-14, the most in league history.
Courtesy: America East Communications

America East's Largest ESPN Television Package Ever Announced

Release: 10/01/2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The America East Conference unveiled its basketball television package for the 2013-14 season on Tuesday, featuring more games on ESPN networks than ever before.

ESPN platforms will be the conference’s exclusive home for basketball action for the third-straight year in 2013-14 and will carry 21 regular-season games, every men’s and women’s America East Championship contest and both title games, including the women’s championship game on ESPNU for the first time while the men’s will continue to air on ESPN2.

“Men’s and women’s basketball are our premier sports and we are excited to offer our fans more opportunities to watch America East games than ever before this season, highlighted by the addition of having our women’s championship game on ESPNU for the first time,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “This package gives basketball fans around the country more exposure to America East basketball as well as a deeper understanding of the conference’s commitment to provide a complete collegiate experience for all of its student-athletes.”

Some of the highlights of the 2013-14 schedule include:

    • Thirty-five America East basketball games (70 total appearances) will be shown on ESPN platforms this season, the most in league history.
    • Every school will appear on ESPN3 at least twice during the regular season as part of the package.
    • For the second-straight year, the entire America East Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championship will be carried on ESPN platforms.
        § For the first time ever, the women’s championship game will air on ESPNU, on Monday, March 10 at 4 p.m.
        § ESPN2 will televise the America East Men’s Basketball Championship game on Saturday, March 15 from the highest remaining                        seed at 11:30 a.m. It will be the 27th straight year the conference’s title game has aired on ESPN or ESPN2.
        § The quarterfinals and semifinals will be shown on ESPN3 from University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena on March 7-9.
    • The conference will produce 20 regular-season basketball games (12 men, 8 women) on ESPN3, the most in league history.
    • ESPNU will televise the Stony Brook and Vermont men’s contest on Friday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. from Pritchard Gymnasium. It will be the seventh straight year
       ESPNU has televised an America East regular-season contest.
    • Three doubleheaders will be featured in the package, including Vermont at Albany men and women on Saturday, Feb. 1.
    • On Sunday, March 2, 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, UMBC at Hartford, New Hampshire at Maine and Vermont at Binghamton.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s signature broadband sports network and online home for live sports as part of WatchESPN. The service is accessible on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE and on Apple TV.

“The America East schedule on ESPN platforms will showcase the best-of-the-best in the league to fans nationwide,” said Nick Dawson, senior director, ESPN programming and acquisitions. “The conference has embraced the growth of ESPN3 and we’re excited to continue to feature America East basketball on that platform.”

“Fans are watching more programming on mobile devices than ever before and our partnership with ESPN gives viewers several platform options on which to watch our games,” said Huchthausen. “ESPN’s wide reach also provides us with an expansive audience to expose, not only our basketball teams, but also our first-class institutions and impressive student-athletes and their stories.”

ESPN3 is available in approximately 85 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, Cablevision, 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.

About America East: The America East Conference provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.