American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship Coverage
March 12, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The inaugural American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball
Championships presented by Reese's Peanut Butter Cup tips-off at FedExForum in
Memphis on Wednesday, March 12 offering fans a variety options to watch and follow
the tournament through the Conference's media and marketing partners and
The 2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship opens Wednesday
with two opening round games beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. locally in Memphis.
Thursday features quarterfinal games beginning with two afternoon games starting at
1:00 p.m. ET/Noon local and the evening games starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m.
local. Friday's semifinal games begin at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 local. Saturday's
championship game begins at 6:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. local.
The American's Men's Basketball Championship will be available on television, radio,
online, smartphones and tablets through the conference's partnerships with ESPN and
"We are thrilled to be working with our partners at ESPN and IMG to offer a wide
array of options, including our extensive second-screen supplemental coverage on the
American Digital Network, by which fans can follow our championship live from
Memphis," said Michael Aresco, Commissioner of the American Athletic Conference. "We
are committed to using the latest in media technology to offer fans an inside look
at our championships and to provide them with ancillary coverage of their favorite
schools and student-athletes."
The extensive, in-depth and live coverage of The American's Men's Basketball
ESPN: Complete coverage will be provided by the ESPN network as part of Championship
Week. Wednesday's first game of the opening round will be live on ESPNU with the
nightcap available on ESPN2. Thursday's four quarterfinals will all be televised on
ESPNU. Friday's semifinal matchups will be on either ESPN or ESPN2, with Saturday's
final on ESPN.
All games of the American Athletic Conference Championship will be available through
WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the
Dave O'Brien will call the play-by-play, while Doris Burke provides analysis for the
championship game, semifinals, Thursday night quarterfinals and Wednesday's second
first round game. Wednesday's opening game and the Thursday afternoon quarterfinals
will feature Mike Patrick and Tim Welsh on the call. Andy Katz will serve as
reporter throughout the week.
IMG Audio: Live radio coverage of the championship will be provided by IMG
College/Audio, which produces nearly 35,000 hours of radio programming on the
largest independent sports radio network in the country serving 2,200 affiliates.
Continual coverage of the inaugural American tournament in Memphis will include pre-
and post-game shows, as well as audio coverage on www.TheAmerican.org. IMG Audio's
coverage of the tournament will be called by Tony Castricone and Matt Chazanow.
SiriusXM: The satellite radio provider will provide satellite radio coverage via IMG
Audio's national radio coverage of The American's Men's Basketball Championships
with coverage available on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 192.
TuneIn: Serving a large population of displaced sports fans unable to access live
content, TuneIn is partnering with IMG College to provide free audio coverage of The
American's Men's Basketball Championships featuring pre- and post-game shows. The
live games can be accessed through TuneIn on more than 200 platforms, including
smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and in automobiles across more than 230
countries and territories. The game broadcasts are available via the universities'
official athletics web sites, the TuneIn Radio app, and TuneIn.com.
The American Digital Network: The American Athletic Conference will offer more than
40 hours of live online second-screen "Above the Rim" coverage of the conference's
men's basketball championship that will be produced and transmitted by LiveU Sports
for The American's Championship Central web page at www.TheAmerican.org/mbb.
Coverage will include 45-minute live pre-game shows ahead of each one of the nine
championship-round games, post-game press conferences, half-time shows, locker room
interviews, and more, hosted by correspondent Tara Petrolino.
The American will also use LiveU technology to stream its Annual Awards Ceremony for
Player of the Year and other honors. During the live games at the men's
championship, which will air on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, The American will the carry
the game radiocasts from IMG College.
The Championships coverage follows the launch of the American Digital Network during
the 2013-2014 season, for which LiveU successfully provided the production,
transmission, and asset delivery of over 40 games and events, including regular
season full-length live basketball games, as well as soccer, swimming and diving,
and track and field championships.