Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Schedule Released; Highlighted by 32 National TV Appearances
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference announced its 2018-19 women’s basketball conference schedule on Tuesday, which features 32 national television appearances across the league’s three national media partners: ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN.
The 2018-19 conference schedule tips-off the weekend of Jan. 5-6, with a nationally televised game between Fordham and George Washington. Through the course of league play, there will be a total of 13 televised regular season games as part of the A-10 package. The schedule features two national TV doubleheaders, and one tripleheader across two networks. The 16-game conference schedule concludes on Saturday, Mar. 2.
“This year’s women’s basketball schedule displays the strength of the Atlantic 10, while also providing tremendous exposure to our programs through national television coverage from ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “The quality of competition in this league will make for a competitive regular season and lead to an exciting championship in March.”
ESPN networks will feature three games: two regular season contests, including a matchup between A-10 champion George Washington and regular season champion Dayton on Feb. 17. All A-10 games across ESPN networks will also be available via the ESPN App accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
CBS Sports Network will televise 10 games, beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 4 with a non-conference matchup between Saint Louis and UConn. In all, CBS Sports Network will air eight regular season contests and the two semifinal games of the Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday, March 9. In addition to cable subscribers, CBS Sports Network is available via major OTT streaming services, and a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers.
NBCSN will carry three regular season conference games beginning with a matchup between George Mason and Massachusetts on Wednesday, Jan. 16. All A-10 games on NBCSN will also be streamed on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.
“Working with our television partners has once again resulted in great opportunities to showcase Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball,” said A-10 Senior Associate Commissioner Debbie Richardson. “This year’s schedule features marquee matchups with opportunities to set the stage for an exciting regular season.”
The 2019 A-10 Championship will be hosted by Duquesne University on March 8-10, 2019, with the first round being held on Tuesday, March 5. The first-round games as well the championship quarterfinals, will be available live on ESPN+, while the semifinals games will air on CBS Sports Network. ESPNU will air the A-10 championship final, the 22nd straight year an ESPN network has televised the league’s title game.
The 2018-19 season marks the sixth year of the long-term television agreement between the A-10 and ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN. Atlantic 10 institutions reside in states that comprise 33.3 million television households, approximately 30 percent of the total national media market. There are nine A-10 institutions in or adjacent to the top 25 media markets in the country.
During the 2017-18 season, the Atlantic 10 Conference had seven women’s basketball teams qualify for postseason play. It was also the 15th time in the last 16 years that the A-10 has had multiple teams earn bids to the NCAA Tournament. George Washington defeated Saint Joseph’s in the 2018 Championship final at the Richmond Coliseum, earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The title was George Washington’s third championship in the last four years. The Colonials were joined in the NCAA Tournament by Dayton, who captured the league’s regular season title and made its eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last nine seasons.
Additional regional and local television coverage will be announced at a later date. All games not picked up on linear television will be streamed through the Atlantic 10’s new partnership with ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International group and ESPN.