Big East Game of the Week Hits 50 Million Households

The 2009-10 Big East Network Game of the Week basketball package is currently available to nearly 50 television markets throughout 24 states, according to ESPN Regional Television and the Big East Conference.  The package represents the most widespread coverage of any regionally syndicated college basketball network, covering nearly 50 million households (41% of the U.S.).

The Game of the Week opener on Jan. 2 saw unranked Pittsburgh upset No. 5 Syracuse on the Orangemen’s home floor. The package will be made up of 12 Big East Conference matchups with each of the conference’s 16 member institutions being represented on the schedule.

“With a reach that includes more than one-third of the nation’s households – and still growing – no regional syndicated television package provides more exposure than ESPN Regional’s Big East Network Game of the Week,” says Big East Commissioner John Marinatto. “Fans in markets that stretch across the country can continue to count on seeing the best of Big East basketball at the same time each week during the season.”

Sixteen of the nation’s top 35 television markets will have access through the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view package, which is available via cable, DIRECTV, and Dish Network.

Schedule highlights include Louisville at Pittsburgh on Jan. 16, No. 13 Georgetown at No. 8 Villanova on Jan. 17, Cincinnati at No. 10 Connecticut on Feb. 13, and a Feb. 27 finale between Cincinnati and No. 6 West Virginia.