MAC Announces Largest Basketball TV Package in Conference History

Updated 10/3/2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Mid-American Conference has announced the largest men’s & women’s basketball television package in the history of the conference as 53-games will be aired live nationally and regionally this upcoming season. A total of 40 games will be produced and distributed by SportsTime Ohio (STO), the league's regional cable flagship partner. In addition, there will be at least 13 other men's basketball games that are scheduled to be televised on ESPN platforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3). The regional productions produced by STO will also have the potential to air on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.

Selected games will also be available in the MAC footprint via Comcast Michigan (channel 900), Comcast Indiana (channel 81) and Comcast Sports Net Chicago. Check your local listings for game times and local availability. Games will also be available via STO in the Buffalo market on DirecTV (channel 662) and Dish Network (channel 431) as Buffalo is part of STO's normal distribution footprint.
The men's basketball television schedule will begin on Tuesday, November 13 as Northern Illinois travels to Valparaiso to play in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon at 8 a.m. (ESPN). The MAC men’s regional basketball package will tip-off on Wednesday, January 9th as Ohio hosts Buffalo. The season will culminate with second round, third round, semifinals and Championship game (ESPN2, 6:30 p.m. ET) coverage of the FirstEnergy MAC Men's Basketball Tournament March 13-16. This will mark the 15th consecutive year that the Men’s Basketball Championship game will be aired on ESPN2. 
The women's basketball television schedule begins on Thursday, January 10 as Central Michigan travels to Toledo for a 7 p.m. tip and contains 11 regular-season telecasts in addition to the MAC Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals (March 15, Noon/2:30 p.m. ET) and championship game (March 16, 1 p.m. ET) telecast. The 14 women’s games are the most ever aired on the league’s television package. 
A complete listing of 2012-13 MAC Men's and Women's Basketball TV Schedule is as follows:
2013 MAC Men’s Basketball TV Schedule 
Wednesday, January 9: Buffalo @ Ohio, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 12: Eastern Michigan @ Bowling Green, 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday, January 15: Central Michigan @ Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, January 16: Kent State @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 19: Toledo @ Ohio, 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, January 23: Akron @ Toledo, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 26: Ohio @ Kent State, 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, January 30: Akron @ Bowling Green, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, February 2: Eastern Michigan @ Kent State, 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday, February 5: Central Michigan @ Akron, 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, February 6: Buffalo @ Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, February 9: Western Michigan @ Ball State, 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, February 13: Miami @ Kent State, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, February 16: Northern Illinois @ Western Michigan, 6 p.m. ET
Wednesday, February 27: Akron @ Ohio, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 2: Two (2) 21-day Wildcard Selections – 12 Noon & 6 pm ET
Tuesday, March 5: 21-day Wildcard Selection, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 9: Two (2) 21-day Wildcard Selections – 12 Noon & 2 or 4 pm ET
Wednesday, March 13: MAC Tournament Second Round – 6:30 & 9 pm ET
Thursday, March 14: MAC Tournament Third Round – 6:30 & 9 pm ET
Friday, March 15: MAC Tournament Semifinals – 6:30 & 9 pm ET
2013 MAC Women’s Basketball TV Schedule 
Thursday, January 10: Central Michigan @ Toledo, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, January 13: Toledo @ Bowling Green, 2 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 19: Kent State @ Ball State, 12 Noon ET
Sunday, January 20: Eastern Michigan @ Miami, 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, February 3: Miami @ Northern Illinois, 2 p.m. ET                          
Saturday, February 9: Ohio @ Eastern Michigan, 12 Noon ET
Sunday, February 10: Buffalo @ Central Michigan, 2 p.m. ET
Saturday, February 16: Western Michigan @ Ohio, 12 Noon ET        
Saturday, February 23: Akron @ Kent State, 12 Noon ET
Sunday, February 24: 21-Day Wild Card Selection, 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 3: 21-Day Wild Card selection, 2 p.m. ET
Friday, March 15: MAC Tournament Semifinals – 12 Noon & 2:30 pm ET
Saturday, March 16: MAC Tournament Championship Game – 1 pm ET
ESPN/ESPN2 – Four (4) Games
Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Northern Illinois @ Valparaiso, 8am ET/ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Temple @ Kent State, Noon ET/ESPN
Friday, March 8 – 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 7pm ET/ESPN2
Saturday, March 16 – MAC Tournament Championship, 6:30 pm ET/ESPN2
ESPNU – Nine (9) Games
Monday, Dec. 3 – Eastern Michigan @ Syracuse, 7 pm ET/ESPNU
Saturday, Dec. 8: Purdue @ Eastern Michigan, TBD/ESPN3
Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Michigan State @ Bowling Green, 7pm ET/ESPNU
Saturday, Dec. 29 – Western Michigan @ N.C. State, 12 Noon ET/ESPNU
Wednesday, Jan. 2 – Eastern Michigan @ Kentucky, 6 pm ET/ESPNU
Saturday, Jan. 19 – 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 3 pm ET/ESPNU
Saturday, Feb. 2 – 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 5pm ET/ESPNU
Saturday, Feb. 9 – 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 1pm ET/ESPNU
Saturday, Feb. 16 – 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 11am ET/ESPNU
Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 11 members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school – University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. -- is an affiliate member for football only.
Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). University of Massachusetts (2012) competes in the East Division in football only. The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
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