Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Schedule Released; Features 32 National Television Appearances
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference released its 2019-20 Women’s Basketball conference schedule on Thursday, which features 32 national television appearances across the league’s three national media partners: ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN.
The 2019-20 conference schedule tips-off the weekend of Jan. 4-5, with its first nationally televised A-10 game featuring Rhode Island and VCU. There are three televised doubleheaders, encompassing six of the 13 regular season national TV games. The 16-game conference schedule concludes on Saturday, Feb. 29.
The 2020 A-10 Championship will be hosted by the University of Dayton, March 6-8, 2020, with the first round games held on Tuesday, March 3 at on-campus sites. The first-round games, as well the championship quarterfinals, will be available live on ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, while the semifinals games will air on CBS Sports Network. ESPNU will air the A-10 championship final, marking the 23rd straight year an ESPN network has televised the league’s title game.
“It’s exciting to announce this year’s schedule showcasing the strength of Atlantic 10 women's basketball. The exposure to our programs on the national platforms with our television partners ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN is tremendous,” Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said. “The quality of competition in the A-10 makes for an exciting regular season and championship in March.”
ESPNU will feature two regular-season games, including a matchup between A-10 champion Fordham and 2020 Atlantic 10 Championship host Dayton on Jan. 26. All A-10 games on ESPNU 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 Saturday, Jan. 4, with a conference matchup between Rhode Island and VCU at noon. Overall, 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 Rhode Island and Davidson on Sunday, Jan. 12. All A-10 games on NBCSN will also be streamed on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.
“The 2020 schedule features marquee matchups that set the stage for a thrilling regular season,” Senior Associate Commissioner Debbie Richardson said. “Working with our television partners provides great opportunities to display this electricity as we cap the season with our championship.”
During the 2018-19 season, the Atlantic 10 Conference had four women’s basketball teams qualify for postseason play. Fordham defeated top-seeded VCU in the 2019 Championship final at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University, earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Both VCU and Dayton received bids to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, with VCU advancing to the second round, while Davidson participated in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
The 2019-20 season marks the seventh 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.
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 partnership with ESPN+, the first multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International group and ESPN.