ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates early-season basketball events worldwide beginning in November and running through the Christmas holiday.
Rachel Margolis Siegal
As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will visit Stillwater, Okla., for the fifth time on Saturday, Nov. 28, in advance of Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo featuring the annual “Bedlam” inter-state rivalry – No. 6 Oklahoma State hosting No. 7 Oklahoma at 8 p.m. (Rankings to be updated tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 24).
ESPN’s exclusive reveal of the College Football Playoff weekly rankings – as determined by the Selection Committee – continues during College Football Playoff: Top 25 tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Women’s college basketball action continues with a Feast Week presented by Lowe’s top-10 matchup showcasing No. 8 Texas at No. 4 Tennessee Sunday, Nov. 29, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Feast Week presented by Lowe’s continues across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS with early season men’s college basketball tournaments in action from Anaheim, Bahamas, Las Vegas, Maui, New York City, Orlando and Puerto Rico leading into the annual Big Ten/ ACC Challenge presented by The United States Marine Corps Monday, Nov. 30.
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).
ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – will be live from The Ohio State University for the first time since 2010 on the Oval in front of the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 21.
ESPN’s exclusive reveal of the College Football Playoff weekly rankings — as determined by the Selection Committee — continues during College Football Playoff: Top 25 on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at approximately 9:30 p.m. from the United Center in Chicago, site of the annual State Farm Champions Classic basketball event.
ESPN’s men’s basketball schedule for Feast Week presented by Lowe’s is highlighted by several tournaments beginning Thursday, Nov. 19, and continuing through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend: Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Gildan Charleston Classic, 2K Classic, Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, Maui Jim Maui Invitational, FanDuel Legends Classic and CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
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