Yesterday was quite the day for all Big East hoops fanatics; after many weeks of anticipation (and a few anxious hours Thursday) the 2013-14 conference schedule was FINALLY released. The list of matchups, times, and dates was initially reported by Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. Yet that was not the only news broken yesterday. CBS announced it had acquired the rights from Fox to broadcast Big East games as well, most of which will air on the CBS Sports Network. The vast majority of games will still air on Fox Sports 1. In all 20 conference and non-conference Big East games will be broadcast on a CBS station; the deal allows CBS to broadcast up to 30 games starting in 2014-15. In addition, the Big East debuted a beta-version of the new conference website at BigEast.org.
A list of all Big East games which will be broadcast on a Fox station can be found here. To find what channel CBS Sports Network airs in your area, click here. And to find out where Fox Sports 1 and 2 are hiding your TV dial, click this link. In the coming days we here at Play for the Garden will analyze each team’s conference schedule, but for now here are my takeaways:
- As I was on the ol’ Twitter machine, I was struck by how many new-member fans commented on the fact that each game will be televised (particularly Creighton fans). This is something that I have always taken for granted. I grew up in a Big East media market in New Jersey; I’ve been watching Big East hoops since I was a kid. Not being able to watch games on TV? That just sounds awful. So congrats to those folks that at long last get to see an entire season of their respective school’s hoops program.
- The games that will air on CBS proper are Butler at Georgetown on February 8 and Marquette at Villanova on March 2. Big East games have been airing on CBS for years, so it’s nice to see the conference’s relationship with the Tiffany Network continue to blossom.
- The first Big East game to air on Fox Sports 1? That would be on November 8 when Providence hosts former Big East member and rival Boston College.
- Again, we’ll preview each team individually, but from the looks of it I think Creighton has a terrific chance to start off 5-0 (Marquette, at Seton Hall, at DePaul, Xavier, Butler). On the other end of the spectrum, DePaul will go winless in their first six league games (at Georgetown, at Marquette, Creighton, at Butler, St. John’s, at Villanova).
- Villanova will play four Big East games at the Wells Fargo Center; Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, and St. John’s. Their remaining home games will be played at The Pavillion.
- St. John’s will play all but two home games at Madison Square Garden, those opponents being Providence and Seton Hall. Yes, that’s right, DePaul will play St. John’s at MSG this year. Which begs the question… LOLWUT?
So the schedule is all set. Now all fans have to do is sit patiently and wait until NovembOMG CAN WE PLEASE JUST TIP OFF ALREADY?!?!?!
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