Upstate Latest A-Sun School to Offer Content on ESPN3, WatchESPN

Spartanburg, S.C. - USC Upstate is the latest member of the Atlantic Sun Conference to team up with ESPN to deliver additional regular season coverage of men’s and women’s basketball.

USC Upstate is scheduled to deliver eight A-Sun basketball games in January 2013 on the live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3, and via WatchESPN. Matt Smith will deliver play-by-play talent for the broadcasts. Smith is the President of ESPN Spartanburg 97.1 FM, 1400 AM.

The schedule includes five men’s basketball and three women’s basketball games that originate from USC Upstate’s Hodge Center in Spartanburg, S.C., beginning with Thursday night's A-Sun game against Florida Gulf Coast at 7:00 p.m. With Upstate broadcasting eight basketball games, it brings the total to 44 live A-Sun basketball games scheduled for distribution in 2012-13. More than a dozen events including A-Sun teams have already been distributed nationally on ESPN3.

On Jan. 10, the Spartans and A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year Torrey Craig host FGCU in men’s basketball at 7:00 p.m. On Jan. 12, doubleheader conference action is featured as the Spartans host the Stetson women at 2:00 p.m., followed by the men at 5:00. North Florida’s men travel to Spartanburg for a 7:00 p.m. clash on Jan. 24, then more doubleheader action is on tap on Jan. 26 as Jacksonville’s women take the court at 2:00 p.m., followed by the men again at 5:00. The final two games in the expanded schedule include a Jan. 28 doubleheader as the Spartans host the North Florida women at 5:00 p.m., followed by a USC Upstate/ETSU men’s battle at 7:30. All of the eight USC Upstate games are EST.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that the strong relationship developed between ESPN and the Atlantic Sun Conference will grow again,” said Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “This is the second opportunity for us to bring additional basketball contests to the national stage, once again providing well-deserved exposure for our talented student-athletes, their teams and all A-Sun member institutions. We are delighted to partner with USC Upstate in these productions, and thank USC Upstate’s Chancellor, Dr. Thomas Moore, and Director of Athletics Mike Hall for their strong leadership on this initiative.”

ESPN3 will also be the home of the conference’s women’s basketball package, which highlights each A-Sun institution through five regular season games and all of the 2013 General Shale Atlantic Sun Basketball Championship quarterfinal contests. A seven-game regular season men’s package, in addition to men’s quarterfinal action, is part of the exclusive agreement.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with ESPN3 to promote our basketball teams, athletic department and university, while also enhancing the A-Sun’s already strong relationship with ESPN,” said Mike Hall, Director of Athletics at USC Upstate. “We look forward to our first eight games with ESPN3 and certainly expect the relationship to continue with even more games next year. Our staff has worked hard to make this happen and we are committed to helping the A-Sun expand its coverage on a national level.”

Already in 2012-13 the semifinals and the final of the 2012 A-Sun Volleyball Championship were distributed live on ESPN3. Along with basketball, exclusive content including baseball and softball will also be carried on ESPN3. Last season the championship games of the A-Sun Baseball and Softball Championships were included for the first time, and are a part of the exclusive content schedule for this season.

The Atlantic Sun and ESPN have a long-standing relationship that first began with the airing of the conference’s tournament title game back in 1989. For the fifth season, all of the conference’s CSS/A-Sun Friday Night Game of the Week contests will be available on the ESPN Full Court package and on ESPN3.

Live events from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater are available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox LIVE to Gold members at no additional cost to fans who receive their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision or Cox Communications.

Access to live programming on ESPN3 online at WatchESPN.com and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members is also available at no additional cost to fans that receive their Internet subscription from an affiliated provider. A complete list of participating providers is available at WatchESPN.com.

About ESPN3
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About WatchESPN
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