Big West Announces ESPN3 Basketball Package
2015-16 Big West MBB/WBB Schedule On ESPN3
The Big West will broadcast 34 men’s and women’s basketball regular season and tournament games this season on ESPN3, announced Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell today.
The package will showcase 28 regular season conference games, including a minimum of 22 men’s and five women’s. An additional ESPN3 matchup will not be determined until ESPNU and Prime Ticket make “Wild Card” selections approximately 3-4 weeks in advance of a February 20 game date.
This season’s ESPN3 basketball schedule represents a 10-game increase from 2014-15.
All games will be produced through the Big West’s mobile production unit, commencing on Wednesday, January 6 when Long Beach State visits CSUN for a men’s showdown at the Matadome.
ESPN3 will also utilize the “Wild Card” option for men’s games on January 9, January 30, February 6, February 27 and March 5, as well as a women’s contest on January 28.
The initial women’s game in the package will feature UC Irvine at UC Riverside on Thursday, January 7 as part of an ESPN3 doubleheader, which will follow with Cal State Fullerton against the Highlander men.
Six women’s tournament games will finalize the ESPN3 coverage of Big West basketball this season. Two first round (March 8) and two quarterfinal (March 9) games will originate inside UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center, concluding with the Friday, March 11 semifinals at Honda Center.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The network is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.
The Big West Conference successfully rolled out its mobile production facility two years ago, utilizing full ESPN production standards, including graphics, replay and on-air crew. It was the first fully operational mobile production unit of its kind that expanded upon what ESPN Emerging Technology has already done at the institutional level.
“The conference’s overall exposure on ESPN3 continues to increase, and coupled with our presence over the linear ESPN networks, fans have more and more opportunities to follow Big West basketball,” said Farrell. “This is an exciting time for the Big West as we enter year three of broadcasting games from our ESPN3 platform.”
The entire schedule may be accessed by clicking on the PDF link above.