ALBANY, N.Y. - The UAlbany Men's Basketball team will be featured on an ESPN platform at least twice this season, which was announced by the America East Conference office on Tuesday, September 18.
"The opportunity to play on ESPN is a great opportunity for the America East Conference, UAlbany, and our program", said head coach Will Brown. "It allows our alumni base, fans, and recruits a chance to see us play on national television. It is nice to see our conference being so proactive in making television exposure a priority. It is good to see that all of the institutions men's and women's programs will be represented".
Both home games against Vermont (Jan. 26) and Stony Brook (Jan. 29) will be featured on ESPN3. Then on March 3, the America East Conference will produce a wild game that features the most intriguing matchup. The Great Danes face off against the Seawolves of Stony Brook, in Stony Brook, N.Y., on March 3 as the possible wild card matchup that could be featured on ESPN3.
ESPN3, ESPN's multi-screen sports network available through an affiliated internet or video provider online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, will carry America East games exclusively for the second straight year in 2012-13.
Tickets for all home men's basketball games are available through the UAlbany Ticket Office at 1-518-442-4683.
COMPLETE AMERICA EAST RELEASE BELOW:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The America East Conference, in collaboration with ESPN, unveiled its largest television package in conference history today, one that will significantly increase the conference's number of productions for the 2012-13 season.
America East is entering the second year of a five-year contract with ESPN, whose platforms will be the conference's exclusive home in 2012-13 and will carry four championship games, the entire men's and women's basketball tournament and more regular-season contests than any prior season.
"We are thrilled to offer our fans more opportunities to watch America East games than ever before," said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. "By increasing the number of basketball regular-season telecasts, adding the quarterfinals and committing to broadcast both lacrosse title games for the second straight year, the 2012-13 package is the most complete offering in America East's history."
Some of the highlights of the 2012-13 schedule include:
• America East will produce a minimum of 36 games (70 total appearances), all on ESPN platforms, a 44 percent increase from last season.
• The conference will produce 19 regular-season basketball productions (12 men, 7 women) on ESPN3.
• ESPNU will also broadcast a rematch of last year's America East Men's Basketball Championship game between Stony Brook and Vermont on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. from Patrick Gym. It will be the sixth straight year ESPNU has broadcast an America East regular-season contest.
• On Sunday, March 3, the final day of the regular season, America East will produce a wild card game featuring the league's most intriguing matchup. Possibilities include: Albany at Stony Brook, Binghamton at UMBC, Hartford at Vermont and Maine at New Hampshire.
• For the first time in conference history, the entire America East Men's & Women's Basketball Championship will be carried on ESPN platforms in 2013.
§ The quarterfinals and semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN3 from University at Albany's SEFCU Arena on March 8-10.
§ ESPN2 will televise the America East Men's Basketball Championship game on Saturday, March 16 from the highest remaining seed. It will be the 26th straight year the conference's title game has aired on ESPN or ESPN2.
§ The women's championship game will be carried on ESPN3 on Saturday, March 16. Game time and additional outlets may be announced at a later date.
• For the second straight year, America East will produce both lacrosse championship games on Saturday, May 4. The men's title game will be carried on ESPNU for the first time in conference history on Saturday, May 4, while the women's title game will be shown on ESPN3.
• In addition to this production package, America East, in partnership with Pack Network, will produce high-definition streams of the championship games in all team sports that are not televised, including men's and women's soccer, field hockey, volleyball, baseball and softball.
"America East's partnership with ESPN is crucial to exposing more people to our product and growing our brand nationally," said Huchthausen. "As we saw last year, the ability to watch our games on several platforms through ESPN3 and WatchESPN online and via the app as well as through TVs via through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, gives fans several viewing options and will help us connect with a younger generation college sports fans."
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.