College Basketball

CBS Sub-Licenses Big East Basketball Games from Fox

CBS Sports announced today that it has reached a sub-licensing agreement with Fox Sports to televise Big East College Basketball games.  The games will air on both the CBS national network and the CBS Sports Network.  The deal begins this season and runs through the 2018-2019 season.

This season CBS Sports will broadcast two games and CBS Sports Network will air 18 match-ups.  Both CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network will have access to non-conference and conference games. Also, CBS Sports Network will air a minimum of two women’s games per year, as well as select Olympic sports.

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, the deal provides for up to 30 men’s basketball games per year combined on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network.  CBS Sports can broadcast up to five games each year, with CBS Sports Network airing the remaining contests as part of the agreement.

“We are excited about our new agreement with Fox, which extends our 30-year relationship with the BIG EAST Conference,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports.  “Today’s announcement continues our recent string of new agreements strengthening our programming, and further solidifying CBS Sports as the leader in college basketball.”

 

 

CBS to Produce Special Programming Around the 75th Anniversary of March Madness

CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports.com will be working in conjunction with the NCAA to produce special programming to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.

CBS Sports Presents 75 Years of NCAA March Madness kicks off on December 29th with two shows;

75 Years: Behind the Mic (2:00-3:00 PM, ET).  This program features a round-table discussion with on-air voices of the NCAA tournament reliving the greatest March Madness moments and sharing their memories calling the action.  Greg Gumbel hosts and is joined by Clark Kellogg, Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Dick Enberg, Greg Anthony and Gary Bender.  The show also includes a special segment with Verne Lundquist, Len Elmore and Christian Laettner reliving the legendary Kentucky-Duke regional final game in 1992.

75 Years: A Coach’s Perspective (3:00-4:00 PM, ET) Hosted by Jim Nantz, the show features a panel of top college coaches reflecting on the greatness of the NCAA tournament and reminiscing about their own experiences. Coaches include Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, Steve Lavin, Rick Pitino, Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens, Bill Self, John Thompson III andJay Wright.

Greg Gumbel hosts the other specials airing on CBS Sports, including:

  • TOP 10 COACHES – Saturday, Feb. 9 (12:30-1:00 PM, ET)
  • TOP 10 ONE-HIT WONDERS – Saturday, Feb. 16 (12:30-1:00 PM, ET)
  • TOP 10 BUZZER BEATERS – Sunday, Feb. 17 (12:30-1:00 PM, ET)
  • TOP 10 UPSETS – Saturday, Feb. 23 (1:00-1:30 PM, ET)
  • TOP 10 CHAMPS THAT NEVER WERE – Saturday, Feb. 23 (1:30-2:00 PM, ET)

CBS Sports Network’s programming is highlighted by a series of specials, including:

  • THE ULTIMATE 75-YEAR BRACKET – Saturday, March 2 (7:00-8:30 PM, ET) – A 90-minute studio show playing out the ultimate fantasy March Madness bracket with the best teams from the past 75 years.  A panel of experts will pick the teams, determine seedings and debate the games in a single-elimination style.
  • THE 75 GREATEST MOMENTS IN TOURNAMENT HISTORY – Sunday, March 3-Thursday, March 7 – Five 30-minute programs that count down the 75 greatest moments in tournament history.
  • MARCH MADNESS: THE ALL-TIME TEAM – Sunday, April 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) – A one-hour show selecting the top NCAA tournament all-time players.

ESPN Sets Midnight Madness Schedule for ESPNU and ESPN3

ESPN today unveiled the list of campuses its cameras will be visiting during the 2012 Midnight Madness tip-off to the 2012-2013 college basketball season.

ESPNU will anchor the coverage, with additional content to be made available on ESPN3.

Dari Nowkhah will host the coverage along with analysts Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose and Andy Katz, as well as contributions from Dick Vitale.

The action begins at 5:00p.m. ET with coverage of live practice at Indiana University.

Here is the schedule of Midnight Madness visits on ESPNU and ESPN3, along with the on-site commentators:

Team/ Commentators Location Network (Time ET)
No.1 Indiana
TBD, Jay Williams & Dan Dakich
Assembly Hall ESPNU (5 p.m.)
No. 4 Kentucky
TBD & Jimmy Dykes
Rupp Arena ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
No.6 NC State
Sam Gore & Bruce Pearl
PNC Arena ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
No.14 Syracuse
Rich Hollenberg & Seth Greenberg
Carrier Dome ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
No.11 North Carolina
TBD & Doris Burke
Dean Smith Center ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
No.25 Missouri
Mitch Holthus & Stephen Bardo
Mizzou Arena ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
Pittsburgh
Bob Picozzi & TBD
Bigelow Avenue (Outside) ESPN3 (10 p.m.)
Florida State
TBD
Donald L. Tucker Center ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
Georgetown
Tim Welsh
McDonough Arena ESPNU
Maryland
Len Elmore
Comcast Center ESPNU
No.10 Baylor (Men & Women)
Fran Fraschilla
Ferrell Center ESPNU
Murray State
Miles Simon
CFSB Center ESPNU
No.3 Kansas
Sean Farnham
Allen Fieldhouse ESPNU

ESPN Announces Big 12 Hoops Schedule for Big Monday

ESPN today announced a slate of Big 12 college basketball games that will be part of its Big Monday schedule later this year.

Here is the schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
January 14 9 p.m. Baylor at Kansas
January 21 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma State at Baylor
  9:30 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma
January 28 9 p.m. Kansas at West Virginia
February 4 9 p.m. Texas at West Virginia
February 11 9 p.m. Kansas State at Kansas
February 18 9 p.m. West Virginia at Kansas State
February 25 9 p.m. Kansas at Iowa State
March 4 9 p.m. Baylor at Texas

ESPN Unveils First Set of College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Matches

For the fifth consecutive season ESPN will be running a marathon of college basketball games to begin the new season.

Today ESPN announced the slate of games that will air on ESPN beginning on midnight on November 13th.  Match-ups for action on ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3 will be announced at a later date.

Here is the schedule for the College Hoops Marathon on ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Tue, Nov 13 Midnight Old Spice Classic: West Virginia at No. 20 Gonzaga ESPN
  2 a.m. Davidson at New Mexico ESPN
  4 a.m. Houston Baptist at Hawaii ESPN
  6 a.m. Stony Brook at Rider ESPN
  8 a.m. Northern Illinois at Valparaiso ESPN
  10 a.m. Harvard at Massachusetts ESPN
  Noon Temple at Kent State ESPN
  2 p.m. Detroit at St. John’s ESPN
  4 p.m. Butler at Xavier ESPN
  6 p.m. College GameDay Covered by State Farm (from Atlanta) ESPN
  7 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (from Atlanta): No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Kansas ESPN
  9 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (from Atlanta): No. 15 Duke vs. No. 3 Kentucky ESPN

ESPN Unveils SEC/Big East Hoops Challenge for this Fall

ESPN has unveiled its schedule of twelve college basketball games as part of the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge.

The second annual tournament will be played at home sites with each conference hosting six games.  The action begins November 29th.

Here is the schedule for the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge:

Date Game
Thu, Nov 29 Kentucky at Notre Dame
  Marquette at Florida
  South Carolina at St. John’s
  Seton Hall at LSU
Fri, Nov 30 Syracuse at Arkansas
  Tennessee at Georgetown
  DePaul at Auburn
  Georgia at South Florida
Sat, Dec 1 Alabama at Cincinnati
  Villanova at Vanderbilt
  Mississippi State at Providence
  Rutgers at Mississippi

 

CBS Sports Reaches Deal with ESPN to Telecast ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 Hoops

CBS Sports has worked out an agreement with ESPN to televise college basketball action involving teams from the ACC, Big 12, and Pac-12 conferences.

The multi-year deal, which begins this fall, calls for CBS to televise a total of 20 regular season games this year and 26 games during the subsequent years of the deal.  CBS will televise six ACC match-ups this season and 12 games a year going forward.

Also, CBS Sports will broadcast the Missouri Valley Conference Championship game for the length of the agreement and the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game in 2013.

College Basketball on the ESPN Family of Networks

Here is the schedule of men’s college basketball match-ups this week on the platforms of ESPN:

Wed, Feb 22 7 p.m. West Virginia at No. 18 Notre Dame
Rece Davis, Bob Knight & Digger Phelps
ESPN2 / ESPN3
7 p.m. James Madison at Drexel
Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
7 p.m. George Mason at Northeastern ESPN3
7 p.m. Hofstra at William & Mary ESPN3
7 p.m. Delaware at Towson ESPN3
9 p.m. No. 5 Kansas at Texas A&M
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2 / ESPN3
9 p.m. Texas Tech at Iowa State
Mitch Holthus & Miles Simon
ESPNU
11 p.m. UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State
Roxy Bernstein & Sean Farnham
ESPN2 / ESPN3
Thu, Feb 23 7 p.m. No. 4 Duke at No. 16 Florida State
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN / ESPN3
7 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas
Brad Nessler & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2 / ESPN3
7 p.m. Albany at Binghamton ESPN3
8 p.m. No. 12 Murray State at Tennessee State
Anish Shroff & Adrian Branch
ESPNU
9 p.m. No. 17 Louisville at Cincinnati
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
ESPN / ESPN3
9 p.m. No. 15 Wisconsin at Iowa
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2 / ESPN3
9 p.m. Siena at Marist ESPN3
10 p.m. No. 23 Saint Mary’s at Portland
Mark Neely & Mark Adams
ESPNU
11 p.m. BYU at GonzagaBrent Musburger & Sean Farnham ESPN2 / ESPN3
Fri, Feb 24 4 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at East Tennessee State ESPN3
7 p.m. Loyola (Maryland) at Rider
Doug Sherman & Dereck Whittenburg
ESPN2 / ESPN3
7 p.m. Butler at Valparaiso
Jim Barbar & David Kaplan
ESPNU
9 p.m. No. 10 Marquette at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen & Bill Raftery
ESPN / ESPN3
9 p.m. Fairfield at IonaJustin Kutcher & Tim O’Toole ESPNU
Sat, Feb 25 11 a.m. Robert Morris at Quinnipiac
Justin Kutcher & Rob Thompson
ESPNU
Noon No. 18 Notre Dame at St. John’s
Dave Pasch & Doris Burke
ESPN2 / ESPN3
2 p.m. Texas A&M at Oklahoma State
TBD & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2 / ESPN3
2 p.m. Providence at DePaul
Lou Canellis & Mike Kelley
ESPN3
4 p.m. No. 7 North Carolina at Virginia
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
ESPN / ESPN3
4 p.m. Creighton at Indiana State
Roxy Bernstein & Stephen Bardo
ESPN2 / ESPN3
5 p.m. Rutgers at Seton Hall
Adam Amin & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
6 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama
Brad Nessler & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN / ESPN3
6 p.m. George Mason at Virginia Commonwealth
TBD & TBD
ESPN2 / ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 22 Temple at St. Joseph’s
Mike Crispino & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
8 p.m. Richmond at Xavier
Bob Picozzi & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2 / ESPN3
9 p.m. No. 2 Syracuse at Connecticut
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Erin Andrews
ESPN / ESPN3
9 p.m. Northwestern at Penn State
Jim Barbar & David Kaplan
ESPNU
11 p.m. Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara
Mark Neely & Mark Adams
ESPNU
Sun, Feb 26 1 p.m. No. 24 Indiana at Minnesota
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN / ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Fairfield at Rider ESPN3
6 p.m. ACC Sunday Night Basketball: No. 16 Florida State at Miami
Jon Sciambi, Hubert Davis & Allison Williams
ESPNU
8 p.m. Akron at Ohio
Dan Gutowsky & Mark Adams
ESPNU

Here is this week’s women’s action:

Thu, Feb 23 6 p.m. Iona at Marist ESPN3
7 p.m. Hofstra at James Madison ESPN3
Fri, Feb 24 1:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at East Tennessee State ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 5 Miami at No. 7 Duke
Cara Capuano & Abby Waner
ESPN3
Sat, Feb 25 Noon No. 17 Louisville at No. 18 DePaul
Bob Picozzi & LaChina Robinson
ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Robert Morris at Quinnipiac ESPN3
4 p.m. Boston University at Hartford ESPN3
Judgment Week (Feb. 20-26)
Sun, Feb 26 1 p.m. Fairfield at Rider ESPN3
1:30 p.m. No. 10 Kentucky at Mississippi State
Doug Bell & Maria Taylor
ESPNU HD
2 p.m. Arkansas at South Carolina
Cara Capuano & Abby Waner
ESPN3
3 p.m. No. 7 Duke at North Carolina
Justin Kutcher & LaChina Robinson
ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Florida at No. 9 Tennessee
TBD & Kayte Christensen
ESPNU HD
5 p.m. LSU at No. 16 Georgia
Brenda VanLengen & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
Mon, Feb 27 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented By Bud Light:
No. 1 Baylor at No. 11 Texas A&M
Pam Ward & Stephanie White
ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
7 p.m. Appalachian State at Chattanooga ESPN3
9 p.m. Big Monday Presented By Bud Light:
No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 4 Connecticut
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Rebecca Lobo
ESPN2 HD / ESPN3

College Basketball Schedule This Week Across the ESPN Family of Networks

Here is this week’s college basketball schedule on the networks of ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Tue, Nov 29 7 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: No. 15 Michigan at Virginia
Mark Jones & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  7:15 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Northwestern at Georgia Tech
Rob Stone and Drew Barry
ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Illinois at Maryland
Dave Pasch & Doris Burke
ESPN / ESPN3
  9 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Miami at Purdue
Bob Wischusen & Stephen Bardo
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  9:15 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Clemson at Iowa
Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: No. 4 Duke at No. 2 Ohio State
Dan Shulman & Dick Vitale
ESPN / ESPN3
Wed, Nov 30 7:15 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Indiana at NC State
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  7:15 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Penn State at Boston College
Sean McDonough & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Florida State at Michigan State
Mike Tirico & Dan Dakich
ESPN / ESPN3
  9:15 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Virginia Tech at Minnesota
Dave O’Brien & Bob Knight
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  9:15 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: Wake Forest at Nebraska
Mitch Holtus & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods: No. 7 Wisconsin at No. 5 North Carolina
Brent Musburger, Jay Bilas & Doris Burke
ESPN / ESPN3
  11:15 p.m. Notre Dame at No. 18 Gonzaga
Dave Fleming & Sean Farnham
ESPN2 / ESPN3
Thu, Dec 1 7 p.m. HTC BIG EAST/SEC Challenge: Providence at South Carolina
Dari Nowkhah & Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. HTC BIG EAST/SEC Challenge: St. John’s at No. 1 Kentucky
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Shannon Spake
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  9 p.m. HTC BIG EAST/SEC Challenge: Mississippi at DePaul
Adam Amin & Dickey Simpkins
ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. HTC BIG EAST/SEC Challenge: Georgetown at No. 12 Alabama
Mike Breen & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2 / ESPN3
Fri, Dec 2 6:30 p.m. HTC BIG EAST/SEC Challenge: No. 9 Florida at No. 3 Syracuse
Mike Tirico & Jay Bilas
ESPN / ESPN3
  7 p.m. HTC BIG EAST/SEC Challenge: Cincinnati at Georgia
Clay Matvick & Kara Lawson
ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. HTC BIG EAST/SEC Challenge: No. 19 Vanderbilt at No. 6 Louisville
Dave O’Brien & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN / ESPN3
  9 p.m. HTC BIG EAST/SEC Challenge: Auburn at Seton Hall
Mike Crispino & Tim Welsh
ESPNU

ESPN Kicks-Off College Basketball Season with Slate of 26 Games

Here is the opening week schedule of college basketball across the ESPN family of networks:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, Nov 7 7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: William & Mary at St. John’s (New York)

Bob Wischusen & Len Elmore
ESPNU
  9 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Valparaiso at No. 16 Arizona (Tucson)

Dave Flemming & Miles Simon
ESPNU
Wed, Nov 9 7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Lehigh at St. John’s

Bob Wischusen & Len Elmore
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Akron at Mississippi State (Starkville)

Rob Stone & Jimmy Dykes
ESPNU
  9 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Duquesne at No. 16 Arizona (Tucson)

Dave Flemming & Miles Simon
ESPN2 / ESPN3
Fri, Nov 11 7 p.m. Quicken Loans Carrier Classic: Michigan State vs. No. 1 North Carolina (San Diego)

Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas & Andy Katz
ESPN / ESPN3
  7 p.m. Columbia at No. 4 Connecticut

Dave O’Brien & Bill Raftery
ESPNU
  7 p.m. Northern Illinois at Purdue

Jim Barbar & Mark Adams
ESPN3
  7 p.m. Loyola (Maryland) at Wake Forest

Tom Werme & Brevin Knight
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Belmont at No. 6 Duke

Mike Breen & Doris Burke
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Oral Roberts at West Virginia

Tim Neveritt & Jim Chones
ESPN3
Sat, Nov 12 2 p.m. East Tennessee State at Virginia Tech

Scott Corrigan & Pat Kennedy
ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Presbyterian at No. 6 Duke

Mike Breen & Doris Burke
ESPNU
Sun, Nov 13 2 p.m. TicketCity Legends Classic: Cleveland State at No. 7 Vanderbilt (Nashville)

Dave Neal & Jimmy Dykes
ESPNU
  4 p.m. No. 1 North Carolina at UNC-Asheville

Rob Stone & Jay Williams
ESPNU
  6 p.m. Progressive CBE Classic: Bowling Green at Georgia (Athens)

Mike Morgan & Stephan Bardo
ESPNU
  6 p.m. Rider at No. 11 Pittsburgh

John Sanders & Curtis Aiken
ESPN3
  6 p.m. TicketCity Legends Classic: Morehead State at NC State (Raleigh)

Walter Storholt & Paul Biancardi
ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Progressive CBE Classic: Georgia Washington at No. 24 California (Berkeley)

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
Mon, Nov 14 7 p.m. DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off: Manhattan at No. 5 Syracuse (Syracuse)

Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  7 p.m. DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off: Monmouth at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg)

Scott Corrigan & Pat Kennedy
ESPN3
  7 p.m. Central Florida at Florida State

Tom Block & Mark Wise
ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. EA Sports Maui Invitational: Towson at No. 18 Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Dan Gutowsky & Tim McCormick
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Progressive CBE Classic: Detroit at Notre Dame (South Bend)

Jim Barbar & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  9 p.m. DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off: Florida International vs. George Mason (Blacksburg)

Scott Corrigan & Pat Kennedy
ESPN3
  11 p.m. DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off: Fresno State at Stanford (Stanford)

Mark Neely & Miles Simon
ESPNU