WCC, ESPN Announce 2011-12 Men's Basketball Telecast Schedule
At least 30 games to be nationally televised by ESPN family of networks
Aug. 22, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference and ESPN have announced that a minimum of 30 men's basketball games involving WCC schools will air nationally on the ESPN family of networks this season as part of the 2011-12 conference schedule. The increase in national exposures is a result of the new eight-year extension of the WCC's partnership with ESPN.
"We are pleased to showcase more West Coast Conference basketball than ever before thanks to our unique relationship with our partners at ESPN," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Our competitive level has never been stronger, and with the addition of yet another Sweet 16 program in BYU, we're confident the WCC will continue as a formidable, national conference. We expect a tight race throughout the season as we head towards the Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships in Las Vegas."
The West Coast Conference will once again be a centerpiece to ESPN's Thursday night coverage, with weekly appearances on ESPN2 and ESPNU. In all, there will be a total of 21 conference games showcased on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU in 2011-12, including the Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championship quarterfinals (Friday, March 2, ESPNU), semifinals (Saturday, March 3, ESPN2) and the championship game on Monday, March 5 (ESPN/ESPN2).
In addition to the conference games, ESPN has announced the broadcast of nine non-conference games that are a part of the WCC's national television package. The Lions game at Pepperdine on Thursday, Jan. 12 is slated to be televised on ESPNU.
Additional LMU games on television will be released as they are confirmed heading into the 2011-12 campaign. Visit LMULions.com for the latest on the Lions' 2011-12 schedule.
Season tickets are now on sale, call (310) 338-LION or visit LMULions.com/tickets for more information.