BALTIMORE- UMBC Athletics will add six fall-sport contests to its menu of ESPN-platform broadcasts, beginning later this month.
The games will be produced by VPC, Inc., but predominantly crewed by UMBC students in the media and communication studies program and other UMBC alumni. Paul Mittermeier, Graham Whaples, media and communication studies, '19, and Brandon Wright, media and communication studies, '12, will provide play-by-play and will be joined by special guest Retriever alumni color commentators.
The ESPN coverage kicks off when the women's soccer squad opens America East play at home on Thursday, Sept. 27, hosting the Binghamton Bearcats at 6:00 p.m. The men's soccer team makes their debut on Saturday, Oct. 6, when they welcome nationally-ranked UMass Lowell to Retriever Soccer Park at 7:00 p.m. The ESPN platforms will also broadcast the women's soccer match versus Stony Brook on Oct. 11 and the men's contest against Villanova on Oct. 16.
The coverage moves indoors to the UMBC Event Center as the volleyball squad will be featured final home weekend of the regular season. Contests versus Stony Brook (Nov. 9) and Hartford (Nov. 11) actually follow early season Retriever basketball in the brand-new facility.
Please see the listing below for the specific ESPN network for broadcast.
Set for the third year of producing live content directly for ESPN networks, 56 America East games will stream live on ESPN+ and ESPN3 this fall, ahead of every #AEHoops game being available this winter. The AE on ESPN is the home to more than 3,000 games from a variety of sports over the next decade.
The 2018 fall slate will include 56 events across four sports: women's soccer (24), men's soccer (18) volleyball (9) and field hockey (5). Over half of those games (35) will air on ESPN+, the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. The other 21 events will be carried on ESPN3. Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, UMBC and New Hampshire will produce events this fall. Nearly every America East men's and women's basketball game will air on ESPN+ or ESPN3 this winter.
"I continue to be impressed with the number and quality of broadcasts our schools are producing," said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. "The development and improvement our schools have made from year to year has truly been impressive and I look forward to seeing that continue in 2018-19."
Entering the third year of an 11-year agreement with ESPN, America East's nine member institutions are working collaboratively with ESPN and the conference office to produce live content directly for ESPN+ and ESPN3. Over 500 school-produced events aired on ESPN3 and ESPN+ during the first two years, including 339 in 2017-18.
ESPN+: ESPN+ gives fans direct-to-consumer subscription streaming access to thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN's TV or digital networks. In addition to America East, ESPN+ programming includes thousands of live college sports events – football, basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse and more – from other leading college conferences, including: Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Conference USA, Horizon League, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Southern, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt and The Ivy League.
ESPN3: ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually, at no additional cost to fans who access it using their "TV Everywhere" credentials from an affiliated high-speed Internet or video subscription provider.
Both ESPN+ and ESPN3 are accessible through the ESPN App on computers, smartphones, tablets and most major streaming devices, as well as through ESPN.com.
All contests not produced for ESPN+ or ESPN3 can be seen on AmericaEast.TV, including the Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Android TV OTT channels. Additionally, select ESPN+/ESPN3 events will be simulcast on AE.TV for international audiences.
UMBC Fall Sports Broadcast Schedule
Date Event Time Network
Thurs., Sept. 27 Women's Soccer vs. Binghamton 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Oct. 7 Men's Soccer vs. UMass Lowell 7:00 p.m. ESPN+
Thurs., Oct. 11 Women's Soccer vs. Stony Brook 7:00 p.m. ESPN+
Tues., Oct. 16 Men's Soccer vs. Villanova 7:00 p.m. ESPN+
Fri., Nov. 9 Volleyball vs. Stony Brook 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sun., Nov. 11 Volleyball vs. Hartford 1:00 p.m. ESPN+
About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.