More than 800 NCAA baseball games are set to be broadcast in on ESPN networks as part of the network’s expansive coverage for the 2019 regular season.
During the postseason, 153 games will be broadcast across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and the SEC Network in addition to being available on the ESPN App, which will broadcast 450 games this year.
The ESPN app coverage will begin in February, showing all the action from 13 different conferences: Atlantic Sun, Big 12, Big East, Big South, Big West, Horizon League, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Southern, Southland, Sun Belt and Western Athletic.
On top of this, five conference championship games, 17 college conferences and the entire Southeastern Conference tournament will be aired across ESPN.
Approximately 75 per cent of the games shown across the ESPN networks will include a team in the USA TODAY Coaches Preseason Top 25. 53 games will feature the preseason top 10, while 42 games highlight at least one top five team.
The network broadcaster has boasted multi-year viewership highs throughout the Road to Omaha, and is currently coming off of one of the most watched NCAA Division I Baseball championships in history.
SEC will begin the season with eight of the teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, which will be the highest of any conference. The network will continue its tradition of showing a Bases Loaded special set for the final Friday of the season, and this year will be joining forces with ESPNU to televise the final weekend of SEC action.
Insider Insight: Even in Super Bowl season, ESPN’s commitment to Baseball is unwavering. Such expansive baseball coverage will inevitably affirm the platform’s position as a leader within the US market.
The decision to use the ESPN app as a means of streaming games will ultimately bring NCAA baseball to new audiences across the country, improving accessibility to the sport as a whole.