Monday, November 27, 2006

MASN, CSN offer a hoops smorgasbord

Jim Williams, The Examiner
Nov 27, 2006 3:00 AM (6 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 2 of 7,893 articles

BALTIMORE - If there was any doubt that the Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network would not be an entertaining, year-round channel, let’s put that question to rest once and for all.

MASN has started to air what will be one of the most ambitious college basketball schedules ever offered to local fans. How about 150 college games featuring plenty of local schools like Georgetown, George Mason, Loyola, UMBC and Towson, with a nice complement of women’s games in the mix. The top conferences in the country like the Big East, Big Ten and the Big 12 will be featured in this package, as well as the Colonial Athletic Association and the Mid-American Conference. The package’s showcase is the Big East, which is home to many local players.

“We are delighted that MASN will be covering so many Big East contests,” Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said. “MASN is opening up a whole new channel of opportunity for sports fans who can now follow Big East basketball from wire to wire.”

Dave Sims, the voice of Big East hoops, told me: “I know that the Baltimore-Washington area is one of the best in the country. Year in and year out, that region produces some of the best college basketball players in the country, and many of them play for schools in the Big East. But the best part is that the Georgetown-Maryland rivalry is back big-time. They don’t face each other during the season, but you can bet they track one another all season long with the hopes of meeting in the NCAA tournament.”

Maryland fans will not be slighted. The Terps will be on TV every week once the ACC schedule begins. Fans can follow all the Terps’ ACC games on Comcast SportsNet, Raycom and the ESPN family of networks.

There will be more than 1,000 college games on TV between ESPN, CSTV, CN8, CBS, Raycom and Versus, plus even more on broadband. And that doesn’t count radio, XM and SIRIUS.

With all these games, your best bet is to check your favorite team’s Web site to find info on how to follow the bouncing ball.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. E-mail him at


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