Over the next eight weeks, ESPN networks will air more than 400 hours of NCAA Spring Championships coverage, an increase of 30 hours over 2011. Coverage will begin with the National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship on Saturday, May 5, at 10 p.m. on ESPNU and continue through June to include Division I Men’s Lacrosse, Division I Baseball and Division I Softball. For the first time in ESPN history, coverage will also include the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field and NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championships as a result of ESPN’s extended rights agreement with the NCAA.
“ESPNU and ESPN3 allow a greater depth of NCAA programming than we’ve ever had, with more platforms to showcase the highest levels of student athlete competition” said Carol Stiff, ESPN vice president, programming & acquisitions.
Championship highlights include:
Nearly 250 hours of coverage from the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship beginning Friday, June 1, including the entire College World Series from Omaha, Neb.
More than 125 hours of NCAA Division I Softball Championship coverage beginning Friday, May 18, including the entire Women’s College World Series from Oklahoma City, Okla.
All 15 games, more than 30 hours, from the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship beginning Saturday, May 12.
14 hours of NCAA Championship programming new to ESPN viewers with Division I Outdoor Track & Field and Division I Women’s Lacrosse