Nov. 5, 2002
The NCAA announced that ESPNEWS will air nine different NCAA Championship team selection announcements. ESPNEWS reaches 40 million households and will have the exclusive right to have the first announcement of these nine team brackets. In past years, many of these announcements would come in the form of a 30-minute show on various regional sports networks. The announcements on ESPNEWS will be shorter in duration than past shows but reach a much larger audience. The official NCAA championship web site, www.ncaasports.com, will post these team brackets immediately after the television announcement.
ESPNEWS aired two NCAA championship selection announcements last year when they aired the NCAA Division I Softball and Division I Men's Ice Hockey bracket announcements.
2002-03 ESPNEWS NCAA Selection Announcement Schedule
Division I Women's Soccer, November 11, approx. 1:30 p.m. PT
Division I Men's Soccer, November 18, approx. 1:30 p.m.
Division I-AA Football, November 24, approx. 10 a.m.
Division I Women's Volleyball, December 1, approx. 6 p.m.
Men's Volleyball, April 27, approx. 2:30 p.m.
Division I Women's Tennis, April 30, approx. 1:30 p.m.
Division I Men's Tennis, April 30, approx. 1:45 p.m.
Division I Men's Lacrosse, May 4, Time: TBA
Division I Softball, May 11, approx. 7 p.m.
Four other NCAA bracket announcements will still appear on CBS, ESPN or ESPN2 as a full 30-minute or 60-minute selection show in the 2002-03 championship year.
2002-03 NCAA Selection Show Schedule
Division I Women's Basketball, March 16, ESPN, 2 p.m.
Division I Men's Basketball, March 16, CBS, 3 p.m.
Division I Men's Hockey, March 23, ESPN, 2 p.m.
Division I Baseball, May 26, ESPN2, 9 a.m.