ESPN and Atlantic Records Team Up for Upcoming College Basketball Season

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ESPN and Atlantic Records Team Up for Upcoming College Basketball Season


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Artists include Flo Rida, Panic! At The Disco, NEEDTOBREATHE, Hunter Hayes, Fitz & The Tantrums, Sage the Gemini and More

ESPN’s men’s and women’s college basketball coverage will feature the music of Atlantic Records recording artists for the fourth consecutive year throughout its extensive schedule of over 3,200 total games across ESPN networks. This multi-year collaboration enhances ESPN’s lengthy relationship with the storied record label and features 14 different artists from its dynamic roster.  This year’s coverage features music from a variety of artists across multiple genres that ranges from global superstar Flo Rida, platinum-selling Fitz & The Tantrums and acclaimed indie-pop group Saint Motel to GRAMMY-nominated country star Hunter Hayes and hip-hop/R&B star Ty Dolla $ign among others.

Bear Rinehart of GRAMMY-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE said:  “Pumped for one of our favorite tracks, “GREAT NIGHT,” from the new album to be included in ESPN’s NCAA Basketball coverage.  We’ll be watching on the bus.”

Brendon Urie of the chart topping group Panic! At The Disco says, “Sports and music are some of the world’s greatest unifiers so I’m always excited when my songs are used as part of a campaign like this.”

“ESPN’s collaboration with Atlantic Records, now in its fourth year, continues to enhance our men’s and women’s college basketball coverage with the talented artists and their music,” said Kevin Wilson, ESPN music director.

ESPN’s 2016-17 men’s schedule is highlighted in the opening days by the network’s premier early-season college basketball event pitting four of the all-time winningest programs for the sixth straight year in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The neutral-site, blockbuster doubleheader – staged from Madison Square Garden in New York City – showcases No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Michigan State (7 p.m.) and No. 1 Duke vs. No. 7 Kansas (9:30 p.m.) – all on ESPN.

ESPN’s women’s schedule opens tonight, Monday, Nov. 14, with four-time defending champion UConn at No. 12 Florida State as part of the annual Tip-Off Marathon (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2), and culminates with the 30th anniversary of ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship in March.

Artist Songs
Big Smo Movin’ On Up (Feat. Brandon Rogers)
Fitz & The Tantrums HandClap
Flo Rida That’s What I Like (Feat. Fitz)
  Who’s With Me
Gym Class Heroes The Fighter (Feat. Ryan Tedder)
High Valley Young Forever
Hunter Hayes Young Blood
Matoma & Sean Paul Paradise (Feat. KStewart)
NEEDTOBREATHE Great Night (Feat. Shovels & Rope)
Ohana Bam Blow Your Mind
Otto Knows Back Where I Belong (Feat. Avicii)
Panic! At the Disco Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
Sage the Gemini Now and Later
Ty Dolla $ign Campaign (Feat. Future)
Saint Motel Move





Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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