CELEBRATION, Fla. - “Tickets are now on sale for the ESPNU Womenâ€™s Basketball Invitational. The ESPN Regional Television (ERT) owned-and-operated event will feature a one-night, women’s college basketball doubleheader to be televised live on ESPNU on Nov. 15, 2007.
The event will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Fla., and will tip off the 2007-2008 women’s college basketball season for four top college basketball programs, including Duke, Oklahoma, South Florida and Tennessee. All four schools qualified for post-season play in 2007.
Tickets will be available to the general public starting Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m., at the McDonald’s box office at the St. Pete Times Forum. Additionally, tickets are available via all Ticketmaster outlets including Spec’s Music and FYE. Tickets are priced at $30, $15 and $10 with student tickets available at $5 with presentation of student ID. These prices do not include service charges and fees. For more information, visit www.stpetetimesforum.com or call 813-301-2500.
The Forum will also serve as the host site for the 2008 Women’s Final Four on April 6 and 8.
ESPNU WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
NOV. 15, 2007 (St. Pete Times Forum; Tampa, Fla.)
Duke vs. South Florida at 7 p.m. “ESPNU
Tennessee vs. Oklahoma at 9 p.m. ” ESPNU
ESPN REGIONAL TELEVISION/EVENT OWNERSHIP
ESPN Regional Television (ERT) is the nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming. ERT produces more than 900 sporting events annually, including football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events, which accounts for more than 2,200 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rightsholder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences.
ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several other sporting events, in addition to college basketball games. Those include the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, O’Reilly Auto Parts All College Classic, O’Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters, Old Spice Classic, Dick’s Sporting Goods Spartan Clash, ESPNU Invitational Series presented by ConocoPhillips and the ESPN National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway Golf.
ESPNU was launched in March 2005. The network features extensive studio programming and live coverage of games, including college football, college basketball and other Olympic sports from over 20 Division I conferences such as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Atlantic 10, Big 12, BIG EAST, Big South, Big Ten, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), Patriot League, Southland, Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and more.
In addition, the network has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA calling for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships, showcasing sports from each of the three collegiate seasons. ESPNU also has exclusive re-air rights to games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Regional television programming.
In addition, ESPNU.com, the companion to the ESPNU college sports television network, is the online destination for college sports content, including news, information, extensive online video and audio and more. ESPNU has secured distribution agreements with Charter, Cox, DIRECTV (Channel 609), Echostar’s DISH Network (Channel 148), Insight Communications, Mediacom, Verizon, several smaller affiliates and is close to distribution agreements with others.
The 24-hour television network is the key component of the multimedia ESPNU initiative that will also deliver college sports content across ESPN’ s family of services, such as ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, ESPN360, merchandising and more.