Men's Basketball Guaranteed 12 Televised Games; Could Have As Many As 17
Oct. 15, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State men's basketball will once again have a nationwide presence, playing a minimum of 12 nationally televised games over the course of the 2013-14 schedule. That number could increase to 17 and beyond if the 49ers make the postseason.
Long Beach State will start off the season with another difficult non-conference schedule, but one of the upsides to that scheduling is an early nationwide television presence. That will start with the second game of the season, as the 49ers travel to Arizona for a game on the Pac-12 Networks. That is the first of two games that will be on the Pac-12, as the 49ers' game at Washington on November 30 will also be televised.
Three other non-conference road games will be carried on Fox Sports Regional networks, as Long Beach State's games at Kansas State (11/17), NC State (12/7) and at Missouri (1/4) can be found on FSN networks.
Long Beach State's trip to Puerto Rico also offers more TV time, as the tournament is sponsored by ESPN. The 49ers' opening game of the tournament against Michigan on November 21 will be carried live on ESPN2 at 2 p.m., and then the team's remaining games on Nov. 22 and No. 24 will also be on the ESPN family of networks.
Additionally, the 49ers have four home games that are assured of being broadcast nationwide, starting with Long Beach State's Dec. 19 meeting with USC, with has been moved to a 7:30 tip after an agreement with Fox Sports Prime Ticket. Three other Big West games in the Walter Pyramid will be on Prime Ticket as well, starting with the Jan. 9 game against UC Irvine (8 p.m.), as well as the Feb. 15 contest with Cal Poly (7:30 p.m.) and the Feb. 27 game with Hawai'i (7:30 p.m.).
Per the conference agreement, Long Beach State is also in the mix for five dates that have been offered as TV "Wild Card" games, giving the broadcasters the option to choose from a number of Big West games on different dates. The first of those options comes on Thursday, January 16, at UCSB for ESPNU. The 49ers are then in line for four more at home against Cal State Fullerton (2/1; ESPNU), at UC Irvine (2/6; Prime Ticket), at Cal State Fullerton (3/1; ESPN2 or ESPNU) and finally at Cal State Northridge (3/6; ESPNU).
Finally ESPN has the rights to broadcast the Big West Tournament, held from March 13-15 in the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The semifinals will be carried on ESPNU before the championship game is broadcast live on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.
Long Beach State begins their quest for a fourth consecutive regular-season Big West championship with an entertaining event this Saturday, October 19, as the 49ers welcome back over 30 alumni for an Alumni scrimmage at 11 a.m., which will be immediately followed by the Black/Gold Intrasquad scrimmage for the 2013-14 49ers squad. Admission is free.