ESPN to Present Record College Baseball Coverage This Season
ESPN will expand its industry-leading coverage of college baseball in 2015 with more than 675 exclusive regular-season and conference championship games across its television and digital platforms. The schedule - including telecasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network as well as matchups on digital networks ESPN3 and SEC Network + - more than triples ESPN's previous high set last season. ESPN3 will begin regular-season coverage on Friday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. ET with No. 12 Florida State hosting Oakland.
At the conclusion of the conference tournaments, ESPN will present exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I College Baseball Championship, including the selection of the 64-team field.
Every game will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV & Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
- Overall, the ESPN networks will showcase teams from 25 Division I conferences during the regular-season: America East, American, Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Sun, Big 12, Big East, Big South, Big Ten, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Northeast, Pac-12, Southeast Conference, Southern, Southland, Southwestern Athletic, Sun Belt, West Coast and Western Athletic.
- The schedule will include 175 regular-season games involving at least one team in the current top 25 rankings with 48 of those matching ranked teams. The networks will combine to carry 13 contests involving defending College WORLD SERIES champion No. 1 Vanderbilt.
- ESPNU's Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week will return March 26 with games on eight consecutive weeks.
- ESPNU and ESPN3 will provide exclusive coverage of 128 games from the ACC.
- ESPN platforms will combine to carry more than 100 games involving teams from the Southeastern Conference, highlighted by SEC Network's inaugural schedule of 80 telecasts. In addition, more than 350 matchups will be digitally exclusive SEC Network + events available on SECNetwork.com and WatchESPN.
- Longhorn Network will offer an exclusive schedule of 27 Texas home contests, including a three-game series against No. 13 Texas Tech from May 1-3.
- An ESPN network will present at least one game every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 12 straight weeks from Friday, Feb. 20, to Sunday, May 10.
- The extensive schedule on ESPN3 will include exclusive coverage of 19 Kansas and 16 St. John's home games.
- ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and ESPN3 will combine to carry seven conference championships. SEC Network and ESPN2 will conclude the regular season with comprehensive coverage of the SEC Baseball Tournament, marking the first time the entire tournament has aired on national television.