The Mid-American Conference announced on Wednesday a 34-game men's and women's basketball league television package produced and distributed by the new home for MAC basketball – SportsTime Ohio (STO). The 34 scheduled games are part of the largest men's and women's television package in conference history. In addition, there will be at least 13 other men's basketball games that are scheduled to be televised on ESPN's Family of Networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com) – the conference's most extensive national cable package ever.
The University of Akron men's team will have a minimum of seven games televised, while the Zips women's squad will be on a minimum of three times.
The men's basketball television schedule will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 16 as Central Michigan battles Hawaii at 4 a.m. ET as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off marathon. STO's coverage of the MAC will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 24 as Akron hosts Cleveland State and will culminate with quarterfinal (STO), semifinal (STO) and championship game (ESPN2, 6 p.m.) coverage of the FirstEnergy MAC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 10-12 at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
Michael Reghi will be joined by MAC Hall of Famer and former Toledo and Philadelphia 76ers standout Steve Mix as talent for the MAC men's basketball SportsTime Ohio package. STO's Mike Cairns will provide the play-by-play for the women's broadcasts, with the analyst role to be determined.
The STO women's basketball television schedule begins on Saturday, Jan. 8 as Ohio travels to Akron for a noon tip and contains eight regular-season telecasts in addition to the MAC Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals (March 11, noon/2:30 p.m.) and championship game (March 12, 1 p.m.) telecast in Cleveland.
The majority of STO's men's and women's basketball productions will be distributed in high definition – a first for the league's regional television package.
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.
A complete listing of 2010-11 MAC men's and women's basketball TV schedule is as follows:
2011 MAC/STO Women's TV Schedule (all times are Eastern):
Saturday, Jan. 8: Ohio @ Akron, noon
Saturday, Jan. 15: Toledo @ Eastern Michigan, noon
Saturday, Jan. 22: Central Michigan @ Bowling Green, noon
Saturday, Jan. 22: Eastern Michigan @ Akron, 5 p.m.*
Saturday, Jan. 29: Kent State @ Toledo, noon
Saturday, Feb. 5: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, noon
Saturday, Feb. 12: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, noon
Saturday Feb. 12: Ball State @ Akron, 5 p.m.*
Saturday, Feb. 19: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, noon
Saturday, Feb. 26: Kent State @ Bowling Green, noon
Friday, March 11: MAC Tournament Semifinals (noon/2:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 12: MAC Tournament Championship (1 p.m.)
*-Denotes Akron/ISP Sports Production
2010-11 MAC/STO Men's TV Schedule (all times are Eastern):
Wednesday, Nov. 24: Cleveland State @ Akron, 7 p.m.*
Tuesday, Dec. 21: Cincinnati @ Miami, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 8; Kent State @ Akron; 7p.m.*
Sunday, Jan. 9: Miami @ Ohio, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 12: Western Michigan @ Ball State, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 16: Akron @ Buffalo, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 19: Kent State @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22: Bowling Green @ Akron, 7:30 p.m.*
Sunday, Jan. 23: Miami @ Kent State, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 25: Bowling Green @ Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 26: Akron @ Northern Illinois, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 30: Toledo @ Kent State, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2: 21-Day Advance Selection, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 8: Central Michigan @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 9: Western Michigan @ Akron, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 12: Ball State @ Akron, 7:30 p.m.*
Tuesday, Feb. 15: 21-Day Advance Selection, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Eastern Michigan @ Central Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23: 21-Day Advance Selection, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1: Kent State @ Bowling Green, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2: Miami @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 10: MAC Quarterfinals (noon/2:30 p.m./7 p.m./9:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 11: MAC Semifinals (7 p.m./9:30 p.m.)
*-Denotes Akron/ISP Sports Production
2010-11 ESPN Men's Basketball Schedule (all times are Eastern):
Tuesday, Nov. 16: Central Michigan @ Hawaii, 4 a.m./ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 16: Robert Morris @ Kent State, 8 a.m./ESPN
Saturday, Nov. 27: Illinois @ Western Michigan, 1 p.m./ESPN3.com
Thursday, Dec. 9: Kent State @ Florida, 7 p.m./ESPN2
Sunday, Dec. 12: South Florida @ Kent State, 6:30 p.m./ESPNU
Saturday, Dec. 18: Detroit @ Central Michigan, 7 p.m./ESPNU
Sunday, Jan. 2: Miami @ Kansas, 6 p.m./ESPNU
Saturday, Jan. 22: Buffalo @ Ohio, 3 p.m./ESPNU
Sunday, Jan. 30: Central Michigan @ Akron, 6 p.m./ESPNU
Saturday, Feb. 5: Central Michigan @ Kent State, 5 p.m./ESPNU
Saturday, Feb. 19: ESPN BracketBuster Saturday, TBD
Saturday, Feb. 26: ESPNU 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 11 a.m.
Friday, March 4: ESPN2 21-Day Advance Selection, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 12: FirstEnergy MAC Tournament Championship, 6 p.m./ESPN2
About SportsTime Ohio:
SportsTime Ohio is a Northern Ohio regional sports network reaching 2.8 million homes and designed to offer a variety of sports programming produced for the Ohio sports fan. STO's initial venture was the largest television package in Cleveland Indians team history. STO offers 150 Indians games annually with all games in HD. Beginning July 1, 2007, STO became the official cable home of the Cleveland Browns, offering Browns fans 52 weeks of Browns coverage. STO is also the television home of the OHSAA football and basketball playoffs and championships and the official cable partner of the Mid-American Conference. Additional programming is geared specifically toward Ohio-area sports fans and the passion that makes the region the greatest sports community.
About the Mid-American Conference:
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 – Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. – 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). Temple University (2007) competes in the East Division in football only. The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.