ELMHURST, Ill. – The Summit League’s national reach will expand significantly in 2014-15 through coverage on ESPN3. Up to six league championships and over 50 basketball games will be available nationally this season via ESPN’s multi-screen sports network.
Broadcasts produced by several league partners will be distributed across multiple platforms throughout the year starting in early November. The distribution allows fans everywhere to watch online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on television through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
ESPN3 is available in 95 million homes and to an additional 21 million U.S.-based college students and military personnel. Those numbers provide The Summit League its largest national reach, nearly doubling its previous availability, while tripling its total number of nationally-available events.
“This is an exciting and significant step for The Summit League’s national exposure,” said Commissioner Tom Douple. “Not only are we able to get national distribution across multiple platforms for several of our championships, but the schedule of basketball telecasts available nationally is the largest we have ever had. In comparison with our previous reach, our total number of events has tripled, while our reach has nearly doubled. Those numbers are an important aspect for the league and our membership.”
As part of its agreement with Midco Sports Network, The Summit League will have each telecast from its league package provided to ESPN3. That schedule includes four sport championships, headlined by the first two rounds of The Summit League Basketball Championships, and an additional 21 regular season men’s and women’s basketball broadcasts.
All 14 Summit League Tournament games, including ESPNU’s telecast of The Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship game and ESPN/ESPN2’s broadcast of the men’s title game, will also be available on WatchESPN.
Additional Summit League Championships currently scheduled for ESPN3 distribution include Midco Sports Net’s coverage of the softball and baseball championships along with Altitude Sports’ coverage of the women’s and men’s soccer championships.
Specific coverage details for league championships and basketball games will be released closer to the event dates.
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The network is currently available to 95 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League’s Front Row app, and watch the weekly “Inside The Summit League” show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.