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Posted by Gracie Blackburn on July 2, 2013

ESPNU and ESPN3 First to Carry Daily World University Games Coverage in United States

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ESPN Networks Set to Air 115 Hours of International University Sport Competition from Kazan, Russia

For the first time, the World University Games will be available to a national television audience in the United States. ESPNU and ESPN3 are set to carry 115 live hours of the 27th edition of the Summer Universiade taking place in Kazan, Russia July 6 – 17. The international competition features student athletes aged 17-28 and is second only to the Olympic Games in terms of number of participating athletes and countries represented. FISU (International Federation of University Sport) is the international governing body of the Universiades.

ESPNU will air 40 hours of competition that will include the United States Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball,Track & Field, Men’s Volleyball (indoor) and Men’s Water Polo teams in action abroad. ESPN3 will carry all 115 hours live, that will include additional coverage of the aforementioned sports as well as: Opening Ceremonies, Men’s & Women’s Diving, Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics, Swimming.

ESPN networks will air 14 events featuring some of the nation’s best collegiate athletes, over 11 days. Every event will be aired live on either ESPNU or ESPN3, with primetime re-airs on ESPNU to account for the time difference.

The Universiades have proven to showcase future stars that have gone on to perform at World Championship and Olympic level. American swimmer Dana Vollmer, a gold and silver medalist at the 2005 Summer Universiade in Izmir, Turkey went on to win three gold medals during the Olympic Games in London last summer.

This year Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), Luke Hancock (Louisville) and Doug McDermott (Creighton) are among the 12 chosen to represent the USA Men’s Basketball. Viewers will also have an opportunity to watch Sergey Karasev, a small forward for Russia just selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the NBA Draft. Full USA team rosters in each sport can be found here.

ESPNU World University Games (schedules subject to change; Primetime airings also listed):

Date

Time (ET)

Event

Sun, July 7

7:30 a.m.

Men’s Water Polo
UNITED STATES vs. MONTENEGRO

 

7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball*
UNITED STATES vs. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

5:30 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo (re-air)
UNITED STATES vs. MONTENEGRO

Mon, July 8

5 a.m.

Men’s Basketball
UNITED STATES vs. CZECH REPUBLIC

 

1 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball*

 

7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball (re-air)
UNITED STATES vs. CZECH REPUBLIC

9 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball (Indoor)
UNITED STATES vs. RUSSIA

Tue July 9

7 a.m.

Men’s Volleyball (Indoor)*
UNITED STATES vs. RUSSIA

 

1 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball*

2 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball*

 

9 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball (re-air)

 

10 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball (re-air)

Wed, July 10

7:30 a.m.

Men’s Water Polo
UNITED STATES vs. BELGIUM

 

7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball*
UNITED STATES vs. SWEDEN

9 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball*

 

10 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball*

Thu, July 11

1 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball*

 

2 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball*

 

7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball*
UNITED STATES vs. AUSTRALIA

9 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball (re-air)

 

10 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball (re-air)

Fri, July 12

5 a.m.

Men’s Basketball
UNITED STATES vs. CANADA

 

1 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball

 

2 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball*

7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball (re-air)
UNITED STATES vs. CANADA

 

9 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball (re-air)

 

10 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball (re-air)

Sat, July 13

1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Semifinal

 

3 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Game*

9 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Game (re-air)

 

10 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Semifinal (re-air)

Sun, July 14

10 a.m.

Track & Field*

 

7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Quarterfinal*

Mon, July 15

6 a.m.

Men’s Basketball Semifinal

 

7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Semifinal (re-air)

 

1:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Gold Medal Game

9 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Gold Medal Game (re-air)

 

11 p.m.

Track & Field (re-air)

Tue, July 16

7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Bronze Medal Game*

 

9 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game*

*Same-Day delayed; live on ESPN3

ESPN3 World University Games Schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Games

Sat, July 6

4 a.m.

Men’s Volleyball
USA vs.  ESTONIA

 

1:30 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

Sun, July 7

6:25 a.m.

Men’s Diving Springboard (3-meter)

 

7:30 a.m.

Men’s Water Polo
USA vs. MONTENEGRO.

 

10 a.m.

Track & Field

 

10:30 a.m.

Men’s Basketball
USA vs. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

 

11:30 a.m.

Women’s Gymnastics (Team Competition)

Mon, July 8

5 a.m.

Men’s Basketball
USA VS.  CZECH REPUBLIC

 

6 a.m.

Men’s Water Polo
SERBIA VS.  USA

 

6:15 a.m.

Men’s Diving Springboard (1-meter)

 

8 a.m.

Women’s Diving Platform (10-meter )

 

10 a.m.

Track & Field

 

10:20 a.m.

Men’s Gymnastics (Team Competition)

 

noon

Men’s Volleyball
 USA VS.  RUSSIA

 

TBD

Women’s Beach Volleyball

Tues, July 9

11 a.m.

Track & Field

 

11 a.m.

Men’s Gymnastics (Individual all around)

 

 noon

Women’s Volleyball
CZECH REPUBLIC vs. USA

 

TBD

Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball

Wed, July 10

5:40 a.m.

Women’s Diving Springboard (3-meter)

 

7:30 a.m.

Men’s Diving Platform (10-meter)

 

7:30 a.m.

Men’s Water Polo
USA vs. BELGUIM

 

7:30 a.m.

Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics (Individual)

 

9 a.m.

Track & Field

 

11 a.m.

Swimming

 

11 a.m.

Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics (Individual)

 

1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
USA vs. SWEDEN

 

TBD

Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball
USA matches

Thu, July 11

4 a.m.

Women’s Diving Springboard (3-meter) Synchronized Final

 

5:30 a.m.

Men’s Diving Platform (10-meter) Synchronized Final

 

7 a.m.

Men’s Volleyball
USA vs.  SOUTH KOREA

 

10 a.m.

Track & Field

 

12:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
USA vs. AUSTRALIA

 

11 a.m.

Swimming

 

TBD

Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball
USA matches

Fri, July 12

4 a.m.

Men’s Diving Springboard (3-meter) Synchronized Final

 

5 a.m.

Men’s Basketball
CANADA vs.  USA

 

5:50 a.m.

Women’s Diving Platform (10-meter) Synchronized Final

 

10 a.m.

Track & Field

 

11 a.m.

Swimming

 

TBD

Men’s Beach Volleyball

 

 

1 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball Final

Sat, July 13

5 a.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball Semifinals

 

6 a.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball Semifinals

 

10:30 a.m.

Women’s Basketball Semifinal

 

11 a.m.

Swimming

 

1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Semifinal

 

1 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball Final

 

TBD

Men’s Water Polo Quarterfinal

Sun, July 14

11 a.m.

Swimming

 

TBD

Men’s Basketball Quarterfinal

Mon, July 15

6 a.m.

Men’s Basketball Semifinal

 

8:30 a.m.

Men’s Basketball Semifinal

 

11 a.m.

Swimming

 

1:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Final

Tue, July 16

11 a.m.

Swimming

 

11 a.m.

Men’s Basketball

 

1:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Final

Wed, July 17

5 a.m.

Men’s Water Polo

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