Thursday, December 01, 2011
MACON, Ga. (Dec. 1, 2011) – The ETSU men’s and women’s basketball teams will combine to appear four times throughout the 2011-12 season on ESPN’s signature multi-screen sports network, ESPN3, as announced by the A-Sun office on Wednesday.
The men’s team makes its first appearance on Feb. 13 inside the MSHA Athletic Center against Jacksonville. The network will broadcast the Bucs next when they travel to Lipscomb on Feb. 20, before airing ETSU’s regular season finale at home against Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
The Lady Bucs air on ESPN3 for their final game of the regular season, when they take on the Eagles on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. as part of a basketball double-header inside the MSHA Athletic Center.
In total, ETSU makeup for a third of the A-Sun’s 12 regular season games to be aired on ESPN3. Eight additional A-Sun tournament championship games – four men’s and four women’s – will also be covered as the network will broadcast both quarterfinal rounds.
“We are very excited about our expanded agreement with ESPN and the broad media exposure we’ll be providing for our institutions and our outstanding student-athletes,” said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “This is a very big step for the A-Sun and we look forward to continued growth in our media package with ESPN moving forward.”
“ESPN3’s exclusive agreement with the Atlantic Sun Conference adds to our growing slate of programming and positions the network as a leading destination and key distribution outlet for college sports fans,” said Damon Phillips, Vice President of ESPN3. “We are looking forward to delivering these games throughout the season across all screens.”
For more information on ETSU men’s and women’s basketball, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s and women’s basketball links.
ABOUT THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com. It is available to approximately 70 million homes at no cost to fans who receive a high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated provider. 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. It can be accessed on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and on ESPN on Xbox LIVE through an affiliated provider.
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