OVC Announces ESPN Basketball Television Package
The Ohio Valley Conference announced its slate of Conference games across ESPN platforms for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday.
The schedule includes seven total men's basketball games (four regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the networks during the season. Each of the regular season games and the OVC Tournament semifinals will air live on ESPNU.
The OVC Tournament championship game will air on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 8. The tournament will be held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
The package is part of a five-year agreement with ESPN. The new deal runs through the completion of the 2017-18 season and also includes a minimum of eight football games to be carried on ESPN3 annually as well as the ability for the OVC to receive additional national exposure.
"We are delighted to maintain our relationship with ESPN, the proven worldwide leader in sports," said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. "This new deal is the foundation of a more comprehensive media approach for men's basketball that includes additional national and regional exposure."
The first live game event telecast on ESPNU, launched on March 4, 2005, was a Southeast Missouri State/Eastern Kentucky OVC Tournament semifinal which followed a live College GameDay telecast from Oklahoma State. The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually. ESPNU is available nationwide in approximately 75 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers - Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
A complete television schedule with additional national and regional exposure will be released soon.
2013-14 OVC ESPN Television Schedule
Thursday, January 16
Belmont at Eastern Kentucky 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. CT) (ESPNU)
Thursday, February 6
Murray State at Belmont, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Saturday, February 8
Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky, 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT) (ESPNU)
Thursday, February 13
Tennessee State at Belmont, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Friday, March 7
OVC Tournament Semifinal #1, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
OVC Tournament Semifinal #2, 9:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Saturday, March 8
OVC Tournament Championship, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)