CAMBRIDGE—Two UMBC women's basketball games will be nationally broadcast as part of the America East Conference's new TV packages with ESPN and CBS Sports Network, the league announced this week.
The preseason favorites to win the 2012 America East title, the Retrievers will make conference history twice. UMBC's Jan. 25 Midday Madness game against Boston University will air on ESPN3 – the first-ever America East women's game to be broadcast nationally. In addition, the Retrievers will square off against defending league champion Hartford on Feb. 19 on CBS Sports, the first-ever nationally televised women's game in America East history.
The league also announced that ESPN3 will carry the semifinals of the America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championship presented by Newman's Own on March 4. In addition, the men's title game will air on ESPN2, while the women's championship game will be distributed to regional sports networks via ESPN Regional Television and also carried on ESPN3.
ESPN3 is available in 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. Games on ESPN3 can also be watched on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE.
The original 24-hour sports channel dedicated to capturing the passion of college sports, CBS Sports Network covers 30 men's and women's sports and televises over 2,000 hours of live programming a year, including more than 300 live events. Seen in 48 million homes, it is widely available across the country through local cable and video providers. For more information and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.