TV coverage expands for Summit
Ill. — Fox College Sports will air all men's and women's quarterfinal and
semifinal games live from the 2012 Summit League Basketball Championships,
giving the league national exposure for its entire tournament for the first
time in history. Midco Sports Network, based in Sioux Falls, will provide
the game feed.
"We are very excited about having every one of our tournament games available to a national cable television audience," said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. "FCS provides college basketball fans across the country the opportunity to enjoy our brand and learn more about our outstanding programs and student-athletes. The tremendous boost in visibility for our men's and women's programs is immeasurable. Midco Sports Network has provided a high-quality production for our tournament the past two years and this agreement ensures that its broadcasts will reach additional viewers in Summit League markets and throughout the country."
The 12 games that will air on FCS will be available live on the FCS Central channel. FCS is a set of three national college sports networks, FCS Atlantic, FCS Central and FCS Pacific, that is available to over 56 million homes nationwide.
Seen by viewers in the nation's 25 largest cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis and Tampa, FCS is available on DirecTV and major cable providers such as Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, Cablevision, Mediacom, Insight, CableOne and the National Cable Television Cooperative.
Midco Sports Network, which will produce and distribute the broadcasts, is televising the men's and women's quarterfinal and semifinal games in South Dakota, North Dakota and in parts of rural Minnesota and Wisconsin. The 2012 Summit League women's championship game will be broadcast on ESPNU, with the men's championship on ESPN2.
The Summit League Championships return to Sioux Falls, March 3-6, marking the event's fourth year at the site. Quarterfinal games will be played Saturday and Sunday with the semifinals Monday and championships Tuesday.