Wednesday, January 16, 2013
MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb University is adding regular season men’s and women’s basketball games to the A-Sun's ESPN3 schedule as the conference continues to team up with ESPN to deliver live original content.
Beginning Jan. 24, Lipscomb will deliver nine A-Sun basketball games in January and February 2013 on the live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3, and via WatchESPN. Lipscomb has already delivered three regular season basketball contests and the semifinals and final of the 2012 A-Sun Volleyball Championship.
The schedule includes five men’s basketball and four women’s basketball games that originate from Lipscomb’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tenn. More than a dozen events that included A-Sun teams have already been distributed nationally on ESPN3.
On Jan. 24, the Bisons host one of the A-Sun’s Top-10 all-time scorers in Markeith Cummings and his Kennesaw State Owls in men’s basketball at 7:30 p.m. On Jan. 26, double-header conference action is featured as the Bisons host the Mercer women at 5 p.m., followed by the 2012 CIT Champion Mercer men at 7:30. Stetson’s men travel to Nashville for a 7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day clash on Feb. 14.
More double-header action is on tap on Feb. 16, as the defending A-Sun Champion FGCU women take the court at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30. Stetson’s women head to Allen Arena on Feb. 18 for a 7:30 p.m. tip, then the final two games in the expanded schedule include a Feb. 28 double-header with Jacksonville. The Bisons host the JU women at 6 p.m., followed by the Dolphins’ men at 8:15. All of the nine Lipscomb games are CST.
“We continue to enjoy the strong relationship developed between ESPN and the Atlantic Sun Conference,” said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “This is the second opportunity for us to enhance the number of basketball contests that will be delivered on the national stage, once again providing well-deserved exposure for our talented student-athletes, their teams and all A-Sun member institutions. We are delighted to partner with Lipscomb in these productions, and thank Lipscomb’s President, Dr. Randolph Lowry, and Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson for their strong leadership on this initiative.”
ESPN3 is the home of the conference’s women’s basketball package, which highlights each A-Sun institution through five regular season games and all of the 2013 General Shale Atlantic Sun Basketball Championship quarterfinal contests. A seven-game regular season men’s package, in addition to men’s quarterfinal action, is part of the exclusive agreement.
"Our partnership with ESPN has exceeded every expectation that we had going into it,” said Lipscomb Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson. “It has generated tremendous enthusiasm among our alumni, campus community, fan base, student-athletes and recruits. We are looking forward to this opportunity to expand our relationship with ESPN and are confident that this partnership will continue to provide even more opportunities to increase awareness of and enthusiasm for Lipscomb University and Atlantic Sun athletics."
Along with basketball and volleyball, exclusive content including baseball and softball will also be carried on ESPN3. Last season the championship games of the A-Sun Baseball and Softball Championships were included for the first time, and are a part of the exclusive content schedule for this season.
The Atlantic Sun and ESPN have a long-standing relationship that first began with the airing of the conference’s tournament title game back in 1989. For the fifth season, all of the conference’s CSS/A-Sun Friday Night Game of the Week contests will be available on the ESPN Full Court package and on ESPN3.
Live events from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater are available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox LIVE to Gold members at no additional cost to fans who receive their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision or Cox Communications.
Access to live programming on ESPN3 online at WatchESPN.com and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members is also available at no additional cost to fans that receive their Internet subscription from an affiliated provider. A complete list of participating providers is available at WatchESPN.com.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is available to approximately 83 million homes at no cost to fans who receive a high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
Launched in April 2011, WatchESPN delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox LIVE to gold members at no additional cost to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV or Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision or Cox Communications. The app is available free to download for Android devices from the Google Play store and Amazon Appstore and for Apple devices from the App Store, as well as online via WatchESPN.com.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.