Men's Basketball Schedule Highlighted by 159 National Appearances, Wall-to-Wall Coverage
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The 2018-19 Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball schedule features 159 total national television appearances, across the league’s four media partners: ESPN, CBS Sports, NBCSN and Stadium. The A-10 announced the conference schedule and TV selections Wednesday.
The 2018-19 conference schedule tips off on Thursday, Jan. 3 with a single television matchup – George Mason at Saint Joseph’s on CBS Sports Network. The remaining 12 teams tip-off league play the weekend of Jan. 5-6, with six of the seven games on national television. Through the course of league play, there will be 63 televised games, in addition to 11 televised non-conference games as part of the A-10 package. Each of the league’s 14 teams will make at least five appearances on national television, and every league game will be televised on the weekend of Feb. 15-17.
Additionally, 11 games of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Barclays Center, will be nationally televised. Wednesday’s two first round games will be carried by ESPN+. NBCSN will carry the second round and the quarterfinals, March 14-15, and CBS Sports Network will air the semifinal games on March 16. CBS Sports will broadcast the March 17 final for the 10th straight year as part of the network’s overall Selection Sunday coverage. The championship returns to the iconic Brooklyn, N.Y. arena for the first time since 2016.
“This year’s men’s basketball schedule provides our institutions great national exposure through marquee matchups across all four television partners, ESPN, CBS Sports, NBCSN and Stadium,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “The competitiveness of this schedule also affords A-10 programs many opportunities to secure quality wins throughout league play. It will showcase the strength of our teams, coaches and student-athletes as they prepare for March and the postseason.”
For the fourth straight year, ESPN and the Atlantic 10 will once again present A-10 Friday Night Showcase, featuring seven Friday primetime conference games. The seven league games, which begin with Saint Joseph’s at Saint Louis on Jan. 18, feature seven different Atlantic 10 programs, each of which has a home game, through March 8. In total, there will be 14 regular season games across ESPN networks, highlighted by 11 conference matchups. ESPN will televise both of the Davidson versus Rhode Island championship rematch games on Feb. 6 and Feb. 22. 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 carry 27 games, including 21 conference contests, four non-conference games and the two championship semifinals. CBS Sports Network will also produce four A-10 dedicated episodes of its popular college basketball show, Inside College Basketball, branded A-10 Tip-Off, which will air prior to selected conference games. CBS Sports Network will also showcase a conference doubleheader on Feb. 19. 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’s A-10 schedule will again feature 33 total games, of which 29 are conference matchups or postseason games. There are 21 regular season conference games, plus the Atlantic 10 Championship Second Round and Quarterfinals (eight games). The network opens its Atlantic 10 slate with five games on the weekend of Jan. 5-6, including a tripleheader on Sunday, Jan. 6. NBCSN will also feature a quadruple-header on Saturday, Jan. 19, the season-opening tripleheader and three doubleheaders. All A-10 games on NBCSN will also be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Stadium will carry 10 Atlantic 10 games, all during conference play, through its nationwide network of affiliates. The Stadium coverage begins Wednesday, Jan. 9 with Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure. All 10 Stadium television games will be carried digitally on WatchStadium.com and the Stadium app.
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.
This marks the sixth year of the long-term television agreement between the A-10 and ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN, and the second year of the Stadium agreement. 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.