WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - A league-record 66 games will be televised in 2012-13, with 61 of those broadcasts on the new Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The additional five games are part of ESPN's season-long women's basketball coverage, which includes the Pac-12 Tournament championship game on March 10 at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
Pac-12 teams will see a considerable increase in exposure, up from its 20-game television package in 2011-12. The schedule includes games featuring three NCAA Final Four teams, five NCAA Tournament participants and 10 postseason teams, in all.
"This year marks a big moment for our women's basketball teams and their fans," said Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12. "With our new television deal with ESPN and the launch of Pac-12 Networks, we have made a commitment to provide women's sports the exposure that it has lacked and that its student-athletes deserve."
Pac-12 women's basketball debuts on the Pac-12 Networks with a pair of marquee matchups on Friday, Nov. 23. Tipping off the schedule is UCLA hosting NCAA national runner-up Notre Dame, followed by NCAA Tournament participant Nebraska at USC.
Conference play tips off on the Pac-12 Networks on Friday, Jan. 4 when Utah hosts California, followed by Stanford at Colorado.
Stanford versus Connecticut is the first of five games on the ESPN networks. The 2011 NCAA Final Four participants battle on Saturday, Dec. 29 in Palo Alto, Calif. The Bruins will be on ESPNU twice during the regular season (at California on Jan. 20 and at home versus Stanford on Feb. 17).
In addition to kicking off the Pac-12 women's basketball television slate when they host Notre Dame on Nov. 23, the UCLA Bruins will be making a total of 11 television appearances during the 2012-13 regular season and have the opportunity for a 12th game in a wildcard spot in the regular-season finale at Arizona on Mar. 3, 2013. That is up from four televised games a year ago.
The regular season culminates with the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle, Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10 and every game of the event will be televised for the first time ever. The first 10 games on the first three days of the tournament will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, with the champion being crowned at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 on March 10.
The Pac-12 Networks launched this summer with one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12.
In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers can download the Pac-12 Now app for iPad, enabling fans to watch live channels, as well as a growing collection of on-demand video. Subscribers can also watch live and on-demand content on the web at pac-12.com.
To see the entire Pac-12 women's basketball television schedule, click the Pac-12 WBB Television Schedule link provided above.
2012-13 UCLA Women's Basketball Television Schedule
|Friday||Nov. 23||Notre Dame||Pac-12 Networks||12:00 pm|
|Friday||Jan. 11||Washington State||Pac-12 Networks||8:00 pm|
|Friday||Jan. 18||at Stanford||Pac-12 Networks||8:00 pm|
|Sunday||Jan. 20||at California||ESPNU||12:30 pm|
|Friday||Jan. 25||Arizona||Pac-12 Networks||6:00 pm|
|Friday||Feb. 1||Colorado||Pac-12 Networks||8:00 pm|
|Friday||Feb. 15||California||Pac-12 Networks||6:00 pm|
|Sunday||Feb. 17||Stanford||ESPNU||12:30 pm|
|Tuesday||Feb. 19||at USC||Pac-12 Networks||8:00 pm|
|Sunday||Feb. 24||USC||Pac-12 Networks||2:00 pm|
|Friday||Mar. 1||at Arizona State||Pac-12 Networks||5:00 pm|
|Sunday||Mar. 3||Wildcard Game||Pac-12 Networks||12:00 pm|