Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Media Schedule Encompasses 273 Games Across Television, Digital Platforms
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— The Atlantic 10 Conference will showcase 273 men’s basketball games live via linear, digital and social media platforms during the 2018-19 season, including all 126 conference matchups, 96 of which will air on TV, and an additional 30 exclusively on digital outlets.
There will be 85 games distributed via the conference’s national television package, 72 league-controlled games distributed on regional sports networks and local channels and 22 appearances in non-conference road or neutral site games. Included among these totals are 11 games of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will air on television via NBCSN, CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports. In total, the Atlantic 10 will have 179 linear television games featuring at least one league team.
The Atlantic 10’s new agreement with ESPN+ includes 160 men’s basketball games on the streaming service, 88 of which are exclusive to ESPN+, including the two A-10 Championship First Round games on Wednesday, March 13. The other 72 games are simulcasts of the regional and local television productions. Every A-10 home game will be available digitally, with the national television games available on those respective partner’s digital platforms.
The previously announced league package of 85 national television games, features 159 total national television appearances across the league’s four media partners: ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBCSN and Stadium. 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. Included in the national package is the return of Atlantic 10 Friday Night Showcase on ESPN, featuring seven high-profile Friday primetime games.
The 2018-19 Atlantic 10 men’s basketball schedule begins with four televised games and all nine games available digitally on the season’s opening night, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Conference play begins Thursday, Jan. 3, with George Mason at Saint Joseph’s on CBS Sports Network. The other six conference openers will be played that following weekend and will all have television coverage, including five national TV games.
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.