Wednesday, November 17, 2004
SPARTANBURG, SC (Nov. 17, 2004) -- The Southern Conference has announced its 2004-05 slate of men's and women's basketball games to be televised during the coming season. Four networks, both national and regional, are scheduled to carry 51 games including a men's Game of the Week package on FSN South. The schedule includes games on ESPN/ESPN2, FSN South, C-SET (Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television) and CSS (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast).
ESPN and ESPN2 will also televise the February 19 Bracket Buster Saturday event that includes four SoCon teams this season.
ESPN2 has three games scheduled including the SoCon men's championship game on March 5 and a regular season match-up between defending North Division champion
The FSN South SoCon Game of the Week will feature a top conference match-up each Saturday in January and February with the exception of Feb. 19. The Game of the Week package begins with the
"FSN South is pleased to expand our partnership with the Southern Conference, by providing a men's basketball game of the week package this season. Having a regular, weekly time slot should enable SoCon fans to make these games appointment viewing opportunities. SoCon basketball has a strong tradition, and our relationship with the conference is very important to our network," said Hunter Nickell, FSN South senior vice president and general manager.
FSN South reaches 10.6 million cable subscribers in
C-SET will carry 13 men's games including both SoCon Tournament semifinal games from the McKenzie Arena in
"We are excited about our growing and maturing partnership with the Southern Conference," said Naomi Travers, Executive Vice President, C-SET. "We are a
ETSU head men's basketball coach Murry Bartow is also very excited to be part of the 2004-2005 television line-up:
"Television games help both our recruiting efforts and our ability for our fans to see us play. Having both our team and the women televised on the same day will give our viewers a full day of ETSU basketball," Bartow said.
C-SET, with nearly 1 million subscribers, is a new regional sports network that launched in October and will air Charlotte Bobcats NBA games to viewers in North and
Lady Bucs basketball will also be carried by C-SET. ETSU head coach Karen Kemp is thrilled to be part of the television slate this season:
"We are very excited to be part of the televised double-header," Kemp said. "This is a great opportunity for both of our team's as well as the Southern Conference to benefit from a wide spread audience."
CSS will carry 14 men's games and one women's games during the 2004-05 season. CSS, which partners with ESPN Regional Television as a content provider, will carry six non-conference games and nine conference games. The conference games on CSS are produced by individual member institutions.
"The Southern Conference is one of the premier Division I conferences in the nation, and we look forward to broadcasting 15 games featuring SoCon teams this season," said Mark Fuhrman, general manager of CSS. "We welcome the opportunity to bring the excitement and energy of SoCon hoops to our viewers throughout the region."
CSS is a 24-hour regional sports network serving approximately 4.5 million cable subscribers across eleven southeastern states. Launched in 1999, the network is a partnership between Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications and provides a comprehensive mix of live sports programming, sports news and in-depth sports analysis exclusively geared toward fans in the Southeast. CSS is only available on cable.
"This is the most extensive television schedule that the Southern Conference has ever assembled," said Commissioner Danny Morrison. "We are indeed fortunate to have such outstanding television partners who recognize the value of Southern Conference basketball. This expanded schedule will allow our many fans to see a great selection of both men's and women's games throughout the season."
A complete listing of Southern Conference basketball games available on television this season follows:
2004 Southern Conference Basketball Television Schedule
Nov. 22 Davidson vs. Duke at Charlotte Coliseum 7:00
Feb. 19 ESPN Bracket Busters Saturday TBA
Mar. 5 Southern Conference Men's Championship 8:00
FSN South (also carried nationally on
Nov. 27 UNC
Jan. 8 Furman at East
Feb. 5 Elon at
Feb. 26 Furman at
Dec. 16 UNC
Dec. 18 Western Carolina at
Dec. 29 UNC
Dec. 31 Elon at UNC
Jan. 15 The Citadel at Furman 4:00
Jan. 31 UNC
Feb. 3 Western Carolina at
Feb. 7 Davidson at Wofford 7:00
March 4 Southern Conference Tournament Men's Semifinal 6:00
March 4 Southern Conference Tournament Men's Semifinal 8:30
CSS (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast)
Dec. 5 Wofford at
Dec. 19 Wofford at
Dec. 22 Appalachian State at Vanderbilt 9:00
Jan. 2 Furman at
Jan. 17 Furman at
Jan. 24 UNC
Feb. 12 Wofford at Furman^ 4:00
Feb. 14 Davidson at
Feb. 26 The Citadel at
Nov. 24 Appalachian State at
Jan. 8 Davidson at East
Jan. 15 Elon at Davidson 7:00 C-SET
Feb. 5 Western Carolina at
March 4 Southern Conference Tournament Women's Semifinal 12:00 C-SET
March 4 Southern Conference Tournament Women's Semifinal 2:30 C-SET
Mar. 5 Southern Conference Women's Championship 4:00 C-SET
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
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