Wrapping up the A-10 Conference deals from yesterday, we have this press release from NBC Sports announcing that NBC Sports Network will begin carrying A-10 basketball games this season. For the 2012-13 season, NBCSN will air six games involving A-10 teams, but next season is where the network will increase its commitment to the conference.
For 2013-14, NBC Sports Network will have a total of 25 regular season men’s basketball games, three women’s basketball games and the quarterfinals of both basketball tournaments. So it means that the final three days of the A-10 Tournament for both the men’s and women’s tournaments will be on national television.
In addition, NBC Sports Network will be able to stream A-10 games it carries on the NBC Sports Live mobile and tablet apps. And some A-10 games will aired exclusively on Comcast SportsNet affiliates across the country.
Here’s the A-10/NBC Sports announcement.
NBC Sports Network to Televise 25 Men’s Basketball Games & Three Women’s Basketball Games Annually
NBC Sports Regional Networks to Televise Select Local Games
NEW YORK – October 2, 2012 – The Atlantic 10 Conference and the NBC Sports Group announced a nine-year agreement to nationally televise men’s and women’s basketball games on the NBC Sports Network, as well as select local games on NBC Sports Regional Networks. Beginning in 2013, the agreement also allows for games to be live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, which is available on NBCSports.com and on mobile and tablet apps.
Per the agreement, NBC Sports Network will televise six games during the 2012-13 season (one non-conference game and five conference contests). Beginning in 2013 and continuing through 2021, NBC Sports Network will televise 25 regular-season men’s games, three regular-season women’s games, and the quarterfinals of the men’s and women’s championships. In addition, the NBC Sports Regional Networks will televise select games in the local markets of the participating teams (two regular-season men’s games, three regular-season women’s games, four men’s quarterfinal games and four women’s quarterfinal games).
“I am extremely excited to announce the new collaboration between the A-10 and NBC Sports Network. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the conference in terms of national distribution that will extend the Atlantic 10 inventory and brand into every one of our media markets for the league and throughout the country,” stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “NBC Sports Network is recognized nationwide and the A-10 will benefit greatly from this partnership.”
“We are proud to add Atlantic 10 men’s and women’s basketball games to the NBC Sports Network schedule. The A-10 is an incredibly strong conference and features some of the most historic college basketball programs in the country,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “The A-10 is now one of the pillars of our ever-growing college basketball coverage.”
A schedule of the 2012-13 A-10 games on NBC Sports Network is listed below. (All times are ET)
Date Game Time Saturday, January 5 Lehigh at VCU 5:00 p.m. ET Saturday, January 12 Butler at Dayton 2:00 p.m. ET Saturday, February 2 Dayton at Saint Louis 2:00 p.m. ET Saturday, February 16 Saint Joseph’s at La Salle 1:00 p.m. ET Thursday, March 7 Butler at Massachusetts 7:00 p.m. ET Saturday, March 9 La Salle at Saint Louis 1:30 p.m. ET
There you have it.