College baseball has scored a major victory in its never-ending battle for more television exposure, as ESPNU announced it will televise a Thursday night Southeastern Conference baseball game of the week next season. The network will televise SEC games on seven consecutive Thursdays, starting with the April 7 South Carolina at Tennessee game.
“ESPNU is thrilled to feature a seven-week SEC Thursday night baseball series,” Rosalyn Durant, vice president of ESPNU, said in a release. “Showcasing the vast talent of SEC baseball is great for the sport, fans, league and ESPNU. We appreciate the partnership with the SEC in creating this consistent Thursday night national package.”
Ordinarily, of course, weekend series run from Friday through Sunday, and most SEC series will stay on that schedule. The series featuring the Thursday game of the week will run from Thursday through Saturday, however.
The Thursday night package is in addition to the 50-plus regular-season SEC games that will already be televised. SEC spokesman Chuck Dunlap said the rest of the league's TV schedule, including the Friday night ESPN/ESPNU games, will be announced at a later date.
The full schedule (all games will start at 7:30 p.m. ET):
April 7: South Carolina at Tennessee
April 14: Tennessee at Alabama
April 21: Mississippi at Auburn
April 28: Kentucky at LSU
May 5: Florida at Arkansas
May 12: Mississippi State at Ole Miss
May 19: Vanderbilt at Georgia
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