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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A record 107 national television games highlight the 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball TV package, which the league announced Thursday, along with the complete slate of conference games. For the first time in league history, each school will make at least eight national television appearances, and many teams will make significantly more.
The TV package features 77 conference games, plus all 13 games of the 2016 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship and 17 non-conference matchups via the league’s four media partners. This will mark the third year of the A-10’s eight-year media television partnerships with ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN and the first year of a new multi-year agreement with American Sports Network (ASN). ASN is composed of regional sports network affiliates and Sinclair-owned television stations, 23 of which are located in Atlantic 10 markets.
The Atlantic 10’s television exposure has nearly doubled over the past four years. In 2012-13, A-10 schools combined to make 95 national TV appearances, an average of 5.9 appearances per school. This year, A-10 schools will make 171 TV appearances via the conference package, an average of more than 12 per school.
“Our goal is to provide all of our fans, student-athlete families and alumni as many opportunities to watch Atlantic 10 basketball as possible,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “From a league perspective, bringing the A-10 message into households across the country has an extremely positive effect on recruiting, undergraduate enrollment and the overall growth of the Conference.”
The A-10 conference schedule begins with an NBCSN tripleheader on Saturday, Jan. 2. Those three games are part of a conference-opening weekend in which all seven league matchups will be televised. In addition, seven of the non-conference matchups will be against 2014-15 NCAA Championship teams.ESPN will air a total of 14 regular season games on its family of networks, including nine A-10 games and five non-conference matchups. This includes the annual Tip-Off Marathon, which features home games for three Atlantic 10 teams, Dayton, George Washington and Rhode Island, more than any other conference. Five of ESPN’s nine conference games will be special Friday night prime time matchups. ESPN will carry three of the four rematches from the 2015 A-10 championship semifinals (Dayton at Rhode Island, Feb. 12; Rhode Island at Dayton, Feb. 27 and VCU at Davidson, Jan. 29). All A-10 games on the ESPN family will also be streamed via the WatchESPN mobile app.
CBS Sports Network will carry 27 games, including 17 conference contests, eight non-conference games and the two championship semifinals. The network will air the first conference game for two of the league’s new head coaches when George Mason (Dave Paulsen) travels to VCU (Will Wade) on Jan. 2 for the conference opener for both teams. CBS Sports Network will also carry the rematch of last year’s A-10 Championship Game to close out the regular season on March 5 when VCU visits Dayton. Earlier that week, on March 2, Davidson will play at VCU in the other 2015 semifinal rematch, which also airs on CBS Sports Network.
NBCSN’s A-10 schedule will feature 33 games, including 24 conference games, the Atlantic 10 Championship Second Round and Quarterfinals (eight games) and one non-conference matchup. Fordham’s Jeff Neubauer, one of the league’s three new head coaches, will make his conference debut at George Washington on Jan. 3. That game will be one of the five season-opening weekend games that NBCSN will carry with a tripleheader beginning at 12:30 pm on Jan. 2 and a doubleheader Jan. 3 beginning at 5:00 pm. All A-10 games on NBCSN will also be streamed via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app.
The league’s newest media partner, ASN will air 32 games, including 27 conference games, three non-conference contests and the two first round games of the A-10 Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. ASN will have a Saturday Night Game of the Week during conference play, beginning Jan. 2 when St. Bonaventure hosts 2015 A-10 regular season champion Davidson. A-10 games on ASN’s national network of affiliates will also be streamed through AmericanSportsNet.com.
CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network, NBCSN and ASN will combine to air every game of the 2016 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., with the championship final airing on CBS for the seventh straight year as part of the network’s Selection Sunday coverage. All 14 A-10 teams will participate in the championship, beginning with two first round games Wednesday, March 9, which will be broadcast by ASN. Second round and quarterfinal games will be played Thursday and Friday, March 10-11 and will air nationally on NBCSN. The semifinal games will be played on CBS Sports Network Saturday, March 12.
Atlantic 10 institutions reside in states that comprise 33.3 million television viewers, approximately 30 percent of the total national media market. There are eight A-10 institutions in the top 25 media markets in the country.
Additional regional and local television coverage will be announced at a later date.