ESPNU is 24-hour college sports network. The brand was launched on “03-04-05” – Friday, March 4, 2005, on the eve of Championship Week (a weeklong series of basketball conference tournament games).
TV Network Programming and Distribution:
The ESPNU schedule features more than 650 live events (regular-season and championships) annually. 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, such as SportsCenterU, CFB Daily, The Experts, ESPNU Film Room, College Baseball Live, ESPN Recruiting Nation, BCS Countdown and more.
ESPNU’s college football schedule features close to 70 exclusive games annually, including appearances by Top 25 teams from a selection of Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences – the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, MAC, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC, along with games involving Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) programs from the MEAC, Ohio Valley, SWAC and others.
Each season, ESPNU televises more than 300 men’s and women’s basketball games, including regular season and conference tournament matchups from a wide variety of schools representing 27 different conferences.
The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA calling for extensive coverage of 22 NCAA Championships, including sports from each of the three collegiate seasons.
ESPNU is available nationwide in approximately 75 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
ESPN launched its fourth HD service on August 28, 2008, with the start of the college football season on ESPNU HD. Projected to air more than 200 HD events in its first year, ESPNU HD offers exclusive live event coverage of college football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, hockey and more as well as encore presentations of ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ABC HD college sports content.
ESPNU CAMPUS CONNECTION:
Launched in August 2007, working with college students, professors and athletic departments, ESPNU Campus Connection incorporates student-generated content across multiple ESPN platforms.
The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 telecasts of sporting events. Programming includes football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. – SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
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