Upon seeing the success of Red Zone, MLB Strike Out, Goal Line, Buzzer Beater, and other rotating sporting events that go from game-to-game, ESPN has decided to do the same for the College World Series Playoffs. Every game will now be shown on ESPN3, and select games will continue to be shown on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and possibly Longhorn Network (LHN did air all but the championship game last year from the Austin Region first round). Additionally ESPN will create a Bases Loaded Platform that will be available on ESPN3 and inbetween games on ESPN2 and ESPNU. Here's the ESPN announcement.
Bases Loaded Platform to Provide Day & Night Whip-Around Coverage
ESPN will continue to increase its commitment to college baseball by
covering all 16 sites of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship from
Friday, May 31 to Monday, June 3. It will mark the first time every
first-round game of the event – up to 7 games from each of the 16
locations for a total of a possible 112 matchups over four days – will
be available to fans live on a national platform. ESPN provided coverage
of six sites in 2012, four in 2011 and two the previous six years.
ESPN will also launch Bases Loaded, a four-day platform to update
fans throughout the action. Similar to ESPN’s Goal Line and Buzzer
Beater networks, Bases Loaded will provide unlimited live cut-ins and
highlights from numerous games, plus up-to-the-minute commentary from
ESPN analysts and experts each day of the Regionals. Bases Loaded will
be available Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 2 p.m. ET to
midnight; Sunday, June 2, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Monday, June 3,
from 6 p.m. to midnight. ESPN3 will carry the network in its entirety
while ESPNU and ESPN2 will simulcast at select times, including between
games and rain delays when time permits. Every game will also be
available on WatchESPN.
ESPN offered a network record 272 regular-season and conference
championship games – 160 exclusively – across ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN2 and
ESPN in the 2013 campaign. This season’s lineup marks an increase of 50
exclusive games over the 110 regular-season and conference championship
matchups on ESPN platforms in 2012.
In addition to the expanded Regionals schedule, ESPN will continue to
cover every Super Regional site (up to 24 games from eight sites) and
all possible 17 games of the College World Series.
The 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship field of 64 teams will be announced on May 27 at Noon on ESPNU.