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Nine home hoops games added to ESPN3 schedule

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the heart of the Atlantic Sun Conference schedule approaching, Lipscomb is set to add nine games to the ESPN3 slate of events including five men’s basketball and four women’s basketball games.

The first broadcast directly from Allen Arena’s new completed broadcast center is set for Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. when the Bisons host Kennesaw State.  Mercer then comes to the “Music City” on the 26th with both ends of the doubleheader being aired.

“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.”

A Valentine’s night clash against Stetson’s men’s squad and then a doubleheader against FGCU on the 16th open the month of February.  The Lady Bisons then host Stetson on Feb. 18 before Jacksonville wraps up the ESPN3 portion of the schedule with a doubleheader on Feb. 28.

"Our partnership with ESPN has exceeded every expectation that we had going into it,” said Lipscomb directory 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."

Having already aired three basketball games earlier in the season and the semifinals and finals of the A-Sun Volleyball tournament, Lipscomb will broadcast 14 events directly from campus in 2012-13.

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.

ABOUT ESPN3

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.

ABOUT WATCHESPN

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.