ODU and Marist To Play BracketBuster Game at 4p.m. on ESP2
Feb. 7, 2006
ODU AND MARIST TO PLAY ON ESPN2 AT 4 P.M. ON FEB. 18 BRACKETBUSTERS GAME TIMES AND TELECAST NETWORKS ANNOUNCED ESPN AND ESPN2 TO TELEVISE SIX, ESPNU FIVE AND ESPN360 TWO GAMES
NORFOLK, VA-- ESPN announced today that the Old Dominion Monarchs will host Marist Red Foxes(14-7/8-5), Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. on ESPN2 on BracketBusters Weekend. Game times and telecast outlets for the fourth annual BracketBusters presented by eBay -- a 13-game men's basketball event matching NCAA tournament hopefuls against each other on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 -- were announced today. All 13 BracketBusters contests will be available nationally with ESPN and ESPN2 combining to televise six, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, televising five and ESPN360, ESPN's customized broadband service, offering coverage of the remaining two.
Marist and ODU have never met before. The Red Foxes (Poughkeepsie, NY.) are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. ODU will also play VCU this Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
This year's event will mark the first time games will be televised over two days. The first three years of BracketBusters, previously branded as Bracket Buster Saturday, featured every game on a Saturday.
The 26 teams participating in BracketBusters (announced on Monday, Jan. 30) were selected from a pool of 100 programs representing 18 conferences. Last year's field included a potential of 64 teams representing 13 conferences (vying for 11 BracketBusters games).
Date Time (ET) Teams Network Fri., 2/17 7 p.m. Albany at Virginia Commonwealth ESPNU 9 p.m. Akron at Nevada ESPNU Sat., 2/18 noon Bucknell at Northern Iowa ESPN2 noon Buffalo at Iona ESPN360 12:30 p.m. Butler at Kent State ESPNU 2 p.m. Missouri State at Wisconsin-Milwaukee ESPN2 2:30 p.m. Northern Arizona at Western Kentucky ESPNU 4 p.m. Marist at Old Dominion ESPN2 6 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Southern Illinois ESPN2 8 p.m. George Mason at Wichita State ESPN2 8 p.m. Samford at Ohio ESPN360 10 p.m. Northwestern State at Utah State ESPNU midnight Fresno State at Creighton ESPN
BRACKETBUSTERS The BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of teams from these conferences in NCAA Tournament play over the past years, provides participating programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents approximately three weeks prior to Selection Sunday. Each conference selected their participating teams months prior to the season and the matchups for the event were determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences.
BracketBusters is an example of ESPN college basketball franchise programming. Others include Rivalry Week Presented by Cisco Systems, Feast Week Presented by Lowe's, Judgment Week Presented by Cisco Systems and Championship Week Presented by 7UP.
ESPNU ESPNU was launched in March 2005. The ESPNU schedule will feature more than 400 live events (regular-season and championships) in the network's first year. Action includes a variety of top football and men's and women's basketball, mixed with baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, ice hockey, wrestling and more. ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, replays of ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television games, plus specials and more. In addition, the network has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA calling for extensive coverage of numerous NCAA Championships, including sports from each of the three collegiate seasons.
In the 2005 Beta Research Cable Subscriber Study - Interest in Emerging/Mid-sized/VOD Networks, ESPNU was ranked sixth (tied) among men 18-34 for high interest in watching each network, out of the 40 emerging/digital networks assessed. This was the first time ESPNU was evaluated by Beta Research.
ESPNU has secured distribution agreements with DIRECTV (Channel 609), Echostar's DISH Network (Channel 148), Adelphia, Insight Communications, Mediacom, Verizon, several smaller affiliates and is close to distribution agreements with others. The 24-hour television network is the key component of the multi-media ESPNU initiative that will deliver college sports content across ESPN's family of services, such as ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Mobile, ESPN Radio, ESPN Interactive, ESPN360, merchandising and more.
ESPN360 ESPN360, ESPN's customized broadband service, provides users with live games, access to highlights, inside analysis from ESPN commentators and extended SportsCenter interviews. ESPN360's exclusive coverage of the two BracketBusters games will not be available anywhere else - television or online. ESPN360 will roll in trucks and productions teams, and announcers will call the game to give the ESPN360 users a quality program they expect from ESPN.
ESPN360 is available on your computer via a high-speed data connection by logging on to www.ESPN360.com. ESPN360, ESPN's multi-dimensional broadband service, highlights the value of a high-speed connection by combining the best elements of television and the Internet for the computer user. ESPN360 has agreements in place with Adelphia, Beld, Bend, Charter, Frontier, Grande, Iowa Network Services, Mid-Hudson, MediaCom, Spencer, Municipal Utilities, Starstream Communications, Sus-com, US Cable and Verizon.
For more information fans can call their high-speed Internet provider and ask for ESPN360 or log on to www.ESPN360.com.