WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 20, 2009) – The Colonial Athletic Association has released an extensive men’s and women’s basketball television package that includes at least 104 televised contests. In addition, more than 300 CAA games will be available for viewing via the internet this season. The announcement was made during the conference’s Media Day festivities on Tuesday at the ESPN Zone in Washington, D.C.

“We are very appreciative of the commitment made by our great television partners – Comcast SportsNet, The Comcast Network, CSS and ESPN – to bring CAA games to millions of households on a weekly basis,” said CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager.  “Their unqualified support has allowed the conference to showcase its teams to fans throughout the nation, which has allowed the league’s reputation to continue to grow.”

The 82-game men’s basketball composite broadcast slate features 36 exposures on the various ESPN platforms, including up to nine regular-season games and the CAA Championship on ESPN/ESPN2, 12 games on ESPNU and five syndicated games on ESPN Regional Television. That number could rise as all 12 CAA teams are once again participating in the ESPNU BracketBusters on February 19-20, 2010.

The syndicated package on the Comcast family of networks features 35 games on the Comcast SportsNets (CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Philadelphia, CSN New England), CSS and The Comcast Network, providing tremendous exposure in many of the nation’s largest media markets. The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet New England will once again televise the quarterfinals and semifinals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

“CAA teams are playing some of the most exciting college basketball on television today and this schedule is an integral part of our comprehensive Comcast family of networks college programming lineup,” said Mike Sheehey, senior vice president of sports content for Comcast Sports Group.

The women’s basketball composite television schedule includes 19 total contests. Eight regular-season conference matchups as well as the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship semifinals and championship game will air on The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and New England and CSS.

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CAA TELEVISION PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS:
  • A minimum of 36 exposures on the various ESPN platforms, including up to nine regular-season games on ESPN/ESPN2, 17 contests on ESPNU and ESPN Regional Television and the CAA Championship game on ESPN/ESPN2.
  •  Nearly 50 games in a widely-syndicated Comcast SportsNet/Comcast Network package, featuring a cumulative total of 60-plus CAA appearances available in the New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Richmond, Norfolk and Atlanta television markets, reaching a potential audience of over 20 million TVHH;
  • Seven games (Four Quarterfinals, two Semifinals and the Championship) of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship available either regionally or nationally.
  • An expanded Women’s Basketball package with at least 19 regular season CAA games (22 total).
  • Regional syndication of both CAA Women’s Basketball semifinal games and the CAA Championship game.
  • More than 300 CAA men’s and women’s basketball games will be available for viewing this season via the internet.