NEW ORLEANS (SBC) - Sun Belt fans will once again be able to catch conference men's and women's basketball action this season through the Sun Belt regional syndication package known as the Sun Belt Network. A record number of games will be broadcast this season and will be available in millions of homes in the Southeast.
For the 2011-12 season, the Sun Belt Network will have a record 28 basketball contests with men's and women's hoops both airing 14 games for the upcoming season. This includes, for the first time ever, a select number of men's and women's quarterfinal games from Hot Springs, Ark. during the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. Additionally, all semifinal contests will be aired by the Sun Belt Network.
The Sun Belt Conference teamed up with regional sport network partners Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST) in the summer of 2009 to form the Sun Belt Network for regional conference television broadcasts.
Compared to the previous regional television deals, the Sun Belt Network saw a 37% increase in men's basketball broadcasts and a 40% increase in women's basketball broadcasts in just the first year.
In addition to the 28 games being broadcast by the Sun Belt Network, the ESPN Family of Networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3.com) will air five SBC games this season.