ESPN Regional Television and BIG EAST Conference Announce BIG EAST Network College Basketball Game of the Week Syndication Package

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ESPN Regional Television and BIG EAST Conference Announce BIG EAST Network College Basketball Game of the Week Syndication Package

MCB_St_John'sCHARLOTTE, N.C. – ESPN Regional Television, Inc., and the BIG EAST Conference have announced that their 2009-10 BIG EAST Network Game of the Week regionally syndicated basketball package will air in nearly 50 television markets covering 24 states. Once again, the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week has the most substantial coverage of any regionally syndicated college basketball network, with the designated market areas of the network’s affiliates covering nearly 50 million households (41% of the U.S.).
Sixteen of the nation’s top 35 television markets will have clearance, including New York; Chicago; Philadelphia; Washington DC; Boston; Tampa, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; St. Louis; Pittsburgh; Indianapolis; Baltimore; Hartford, Conn.; Kansas City, Kan.; Cincinnati; Milwaukee; and for the first time, Los Angeles.

The package will consist of 12 BIG EAST Conference matchups, beginning Saturday, Jan. 2, with a battle between perennial BIG EAST powers and long-time rivals: undefeated Syracuse, ranked No. 5 in the nation, and Pittsburgh, a No. 1 seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament. Each of the BIG EAST Conference’s 16 member institutions is represented on the 2010 Game of the Week schedule.

“We are again pleased to provide our viewers with a consistent window for BIG EAST Conference basketball,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president & general manager, ESPN Regional Television. “ESPN’s multimedia platforms continue to help deliver BIG EAST content to a significant base of college basketball fans. This season’s schedule of games is a fantastic representation of the BIG EAST Conference and its member institutions and will showcase the exceptional quality and competitiveness of the league.”

The games will be distributed nationally via the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view package, which is available to fans via cable, DIRECTV and Dish Network. 

“Providing our 16 member institutions and student-athletes with maximum television exposure is always one of our highest priorities,” said BIG EAST Commissioner John Marinatto. “With a reach that includes more than one-third of the nation’s households – and still growing — no regional syndicated television package provides more exposure than ESPN Regional’s BIG EAST Network Game of the Week. Fans in markets that stretch across the country can continue to count on seeing the best of BIG EAST basketball at the same time each week during the season.” 

Along with Pittsburgh at No. 5 Syracuse on Jan. 2, the BIG EAST Network will feature preseason No. 23 Louisville at Pittsburgh on Jan. 16, No. 13 Georgetown at No. 8 Villanova on Jan. 17 and a Feb. 13 showdown between Cincinnati and No. 10 Connecticut. The schedule concludes with a special 2 p.m. ET start on Feb. 27 with Cincinnati at No. 6 West Virginia. All other games will tip off at noon ET. 

2010 BIG EAST Network ‘Game of the Week’ Schedule 

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Sat, Jan 2 Noon Pittsburgh at Syracuse
Sat, Jan 9 Noon St. John’s at Louisville
Sat, Jan 16 Noon Louisville at Pittsburgh
Sun, Jan 17 Noon Georgetown at Villanova
Sat, Jan 23 Noon Rutgers at Georgetown
Sat, Jan 30 Noon Marquette at Connecticut
Sat, Feb 6 Noon Marquette at Providence
Sun, Feb 7 Noon USF at Notre Dame
Sat, Feb 13 Noon Cincinnati at Connecticut
Sun, Feb 14 Noon DePaul at Seton Hall
Sat, Feb 20 Noon St. John’s at USF
Sun, Feb 27 2 p.m. Cincinnati at West Virginia

BIG EAST Network Basketball Affiliates 

State                            City (DMA Rank)                                   Station                         Affiliation        

California                       Los Angeles (2)                                     KJLA                            LATV


Connecticut                   Hartford-New Haven (30)             WTNH, WCTX                ABC, MyNet     


Florida                          Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne (19)   BrightHouse                  RSN

                                    Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota (14)        WFTS, BrightHouse       ABC, RSN


Illinois                           Chicago (3)                                            WCIU-DT 4                    IND

                                    Rockford (134)                                       WTVO-DT 2                   My Net


Indiana                          Evansville (102)                                      WAZE, WAZE-DT          CW

                                    Indianapolis (25)                         WTTV                           CW

                                    South Bend-Elkhart (91)                         WBND,WCWW,WMYS  ABC,IND,IND


Kansas                         Wichita-Hutchinson (69)                         KSCW, KWCH              CW, CBS


Kentucky                      Lexington (62)                                        WTVQ, WTVQ-DT          ABC, MyNet

                                    Louisville (49)                                         WHAS                          ABC


Louisiana                      New Orleans (51)                                   Cox-New Orleans           RSN


Maryland                       Baltimore (27)                                        MASN                           RSN


Massachusetts              Boston-Manchester (7)                           WCVB                          ABC


Missouri                        Kansas City (32)                                    Metro Sports                 RSN

                                    St. Louis (21)                                         Charter                          RSN


New York                      New York (1)                                         SportsNet NY                RSN

                                    Albany-Schenectady-Troy (57)                Time Warner                  RSN

                                    Binghamton (157)                                   Time Warner                  RSN    

                                    Buffalo (52)                                            Time Warner                  RSN

                                    Elmira (176)                                           Time Warner                  RSN

                                    Rochester (80)                                       Time Warner                  RSN

                                    Syracuse (83)                                        Time Warner                  RSN

                                    Utica (170)                                            Time Warner                  RSN

                                    Watertown (177)                                    Time Warner                  RSN


Ohio                             Cincinnati (33)                                       WKRC, EKRC               CBS

                                    Columbus (34)                                       WWHO                         CW

                                    Dayton (65)                                           WBDT                           CW

                                    Youngstown (110)                                  WYTV, WYTV-DT          ABC


Pennsylvania                 Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York (39) WHP, WLYH                  CBS, CW

                                    Johnstown-Altoona (101)             WHVL                           MyNet

                                    Philadelphia (4)                                      WPHL                           MyNet

                                    Pittsburgh (23)                                       WTAE                           ABC

                                    Wilkes Barre-Scranton (54)                     WSWB                         CW


Rhode Island                 Providence-New Bedford (53)                   Cox-New England          RSN


West Virginia                 Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill (156)              WOAY                          ABC

                                    Charleston-Huntington (63)                      WCHS, WVAH              ABC, FOX

                                    Clarksburg-Weston (168)                        WVFX                           FOX

                                    Parkersburg (194)                                  WTAP-DT 2                   MyNet

                                    Wheeling-Steubenville (159)                    WTOV                          NBC


Wisconsin                     Green Bay-Appleton (70)                        WACY                          MyNet

                                    La Crosse-Eau Claire (127)                     KQEG                           FamilyNet

                                    Madison (85)                                         WMSN                          FOX

                                    Milwaukee (35)                                      WMLW                         IND


ESPN Regional Television

The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,000 telecasts of sporting events. Programming includes football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events, accounting for more than 2,200 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to ownership of several sporting events, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network and the syndication rights holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. – BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, SEC, WAC).


The BIG EAST Conference

The BIG EAST is the largest and most diverse Division I conference in the country. It was formed in 1979 and represents the athletic interests of 16 member institutions including the University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, DePaul University, Georgetown University, University of Louisville, Marquette University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, Providence College, Rutgers University, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, University of South Florida, Syracuse University, Villanova University and West Virginia University. The BIG EAST Conference has captured 26 national championships in six different sports and is a founding member of the Bowl Championship Series.  For more information on the Conference and its membership, please visit



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