Here’s a release I’ve been holding for a while and the ESPN PR department will be wondering why. It’s kind of timely now and better to post it now than when I received it late last year. Anyway, as part of its landmark deal with the SEC, ESPNU will start to air weekly conference baseball games on Thursday nights. For college baseball fans who have been complaining about a lack of exposure for the sport until the College World Series, you now have a weekly primetime series. Take a look at the press release and the schedule which will comprise of seven weeks.
ESPNU’s inaugural Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week will begin Thursday, Apr. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and will run seven-straight weeks through May 19. A Thursday night national game of the week is a first for the college sport, and features all eight conference teams that earned NCAA postseason bids in 2010.
“ESPNU is thrilled to feature a seven-week SEC Thursday night baseball series,” said Rosalyn Durant, Vice President, ESPNU. “Showcasing the vast talent of SEC baseball is great for the sport, fans, league and ESPNU. We appreciate the partnership with the SEC in creating this consistent Thursday night national package.”
SEC baseball is coming off a successful season that saw South Carolina win the 2010 National Championship Series, Florida advanced to the College World Series and eight SEC teams overall earned a NCAA postseason bid. It marked the sixth time since 2000 and the third straight year an SEC team played for the national title.
ESPNU Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week schedule highlights include:
- 2010 national champion South Carolina, SEC Tournament champion LSU and SEC regular-season champion Florida
- Top 25 teams that advanced to the 2010 NCAA Championship – Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt
“The Thursday night package of SEC games on ESPNU is a great opportunity for us to showcase the outstanding baseball that is played in our conference,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “The ESPNU package will be able to draw attention to the outstanding game-day atmosphere we have at our baseball stadiums as well as the rich tradition and history of SEC baseball.”
ESPNU SEC Thursday Night Baseball Schedule
(Schedule subject to change)
Date Time Game Apr 7 7:30 p.m. South Carolina at Tennessee Apr 14 7:30 p.m. Tennessee at Alabama Apr 21 7:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Auburn Apr 28 7:30 p.m. Kentucky at LSU May 5 7:30 p.m. Florida at Arkansas May 12 7:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss May 19 7:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia
And that my friends, will conclude the posting for tonight.