CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The UMBC men's and women's basketball teams will be nationally broadcasted three times during the 2012-13 conference slate, as part of the America East's television package with ESPN, the league announced on Tuesday.
The America East unveiled its 19-game regular-season broadcast schedule, which includes 18 ESPN3 contests and one ESPNU battle – a rematch of the America East Men's Basketball Championship game between Stony Brook and Vermont –throughout the 2012-13 season. In addition, the men's and women's conference tournaments will appear on ESPN3, with the exception of the men's championship contest which can be seen on ESPN2 – marking the first time in conference history that the entire America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will be carried on ESPN platforms.
The Retriever women's team's Midday Madness, which takes place at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 23 against Stony Brook, will be aired for the second-straight season on ESPN3. The contest marks the eighth annual UMBC Midday Madness game, an event which has generated record crowds – including a UMBC women's basketball's record of 2,710 fans last season – by welcoming local elementary and middle school students to campus.
The UMBC women's team will see its second appearance on ESPN3 in its regular-season finale at Binghamton on Sat., March 2.
The black and gold men's team will also see action on ESPN3 against the Bearcats, as UMBC travels to Binghamton on Wed., Jan. 30.
ESPN3 is available in approximately 73 million homes at no cost to fans who receive a high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an afﬁliated provider. Major cable providers within the America East footprint that provide ESPN3 access are Burlington Telecom, Comcast, Cox, RCN, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV. 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.
Games on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU are also accessible through WatchESPN, ESPN's authenticated networks service. Live streams of all the WatchESPN Networks are available at no additional cost to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV subscription from Bright House Networks, Comcast Xﬁnity TV,Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV or Midcontinent Communications.