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ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates early-season basketball events worldwide beginning in November and running through the Christmas holiday.
ESPN’s coverage of No. 2 Kentucky’s 74-63 win over No. 5 Duke as part of the annual State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 17, averaged 3,120,000 viewers, marking the second most watched Champions Classic game behind the 2013 Michigan State-Duke contest (4,002,000 viewers). The Champions Classic, in its fifth year, annually pits Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State against each other in the neutral-site, early-season men’s doubleheader.
ESPN’s coverage of the State Farm Champions Classic – No. 2 Kentucky’s 74-63 win over No. 5 Duke and No. 13 Michigan State’s 79-73 victory over No. 4 Kansas on Tuesday, Nov. 17 – averaged a 1.7 overnight rating for the doubleheader, the second-highest rating in the five-year history of the event (behind 2013, 2.7 average).
The Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona – previously announced for Saturday, Dec. 5 between three-time defending national champion and No. 1 nationally ranked UConn and Final Four participant and sixth-ranked Notre Dame – will be played at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN from Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
Tickets go on sale today, Friday, Oct. 16, at noon ET for the 2015 Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic Presented by Corona scheduled to be played on Tuesday, Dec. 8, with proceeds benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Four storied college basketball programs headline the Classic: No. 20 West Virginia vs. No. 4 Virginia … Read More