Sept. 20, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena men's basketball will have four conference games telecast on the ESPN networks this season, the MAAC announced Friday. Additionally, the women's program will be featured twice on ESPN3.
Included in the coverage is a Siena men's and women's doubleheader on Thursday, January 30th at the Times Union Center on ESPN 3. The women host Manhattan at 6 p.m., followed by the men vs. Niagara at 8:30 p.m.
The men's home game against MAAC preseason favorite Manhattan will also be televised on Feb. 21. The matchup will be featured on either ESPNU or ESPN3.
The other two men's TV games as part of the MAAC's ESPN broadcast schedule are Feb. 14 at rival Marist (Tipoff time TBD - ESPN U or ESPN3) and Feb. 27 at new MAAC foe Quinnipiac at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN 3.
The Siena women will also be featured on ESPN3 in their Jan. 16 game at Fairfield which is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip on ESPN3.
"We're excited to present the 2013-14 MAAC TV schedule. Our partnership with ESPN continues to grow and evolve, and this year we'll have a record number of games on their networks," said MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor, Esq. "Some of our top rivalry games are included in the schedule, and we're also thrilled that we'll have the highest number of women's games televised. This schedule gives MAAC basketball great exposure, and it's tremendous for fans and alumni of member institutions."
The MAAC, which first appeared on ESPNU on Friday nights in the 2005-06 season, will enjoy its usual exposure on that night, both on ESPNU and ESPN3, in 2013-14. Five Fridays in January and February have been designated as "wildcards" with two games scheduled each night. No less than 21 days prior to the date, one game will be designated for ESPNU and the other for ESPN3. There is also 4-way "wildcard" Friday on Feb. 28, which has four league games scheduled. Of those games, one game will be designated for ESPN2 and a second contest for ESPNU.
Of the 47 game television slate, 36 will be on ESPN3, nine will be on ESPNU, one regular season game will be on ESPN2, and the men's tournament championship game will be on either ESPN or ESPN2. There will be 33 men's games and 14 women's game televised by ESPN's networks, both all-time highs for the MAAC.