Patriot League Reaches Agreement With ESPN+ For Live Game Coverage

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The Patriot League has entered into a multi-year agreement that will make ESPN + the exclusive digital home for live and archived Patriot League sporting events from the 2020-21 academic year. ESPN + will host more than 800 events annually, including college football games and basketball competitions for men and women.

“For more than a decade, the Patriot League has been one of the leading providers of collegiate athletics for its live streaming production with its robust and high quality digital live programming,” said Jennifer Heppel, Commissioner of the Patriot League. “We are excited to partner with ESPN + to bring Patriot League student athletes to life on this premier sports streaming platform.”

The agreement also includes regular seasonal coverage of Patriot League lacrosse for men and women, as well as regular and post-season coverage of baseball, field hockey, men’s and women’s football, softball and volleyball, and championship coverage of other league sports.
Since launching its digital program in Fall 2006, the Patriot League has hosted thousands of live events and on-demand videos. The Patriot League broadcasts more than a dozen of its championships annually.

The first event with a Patriot League school this fall is slated for Sunday, September 20, when the Navy welcomes Pittsburgh to a women’s soccer competition (2 p.m. ET).

“The Patriot League has a proud academic and athletic history with so many great institutions and rivalries that we will bring to ESPN + through this new multi-year agreement,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming Acquisitions and Scheduling. “As a Holy Cross alum, I am personally delighted to have the opportunity to watch my alma mater at the more than 800 annual events that this deal includes.”

In addition to the Patriot League, ESPN + has agreements with more than 20 leading college sports conferences providing fans with thousands of live events from the Big 12, AAC, America East, ASUN, Atlantic 10, Big South, Conference USA, ECAC Hockey, Horizon , The Ivy League, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, NEC, Ohio Valley, Southern, Southland, Summit, Sun Belt, WAC and more.

In addition to college sports, the ESPN + program features exclusive UFC and top-rank boxing events, MLB and NHL games, professional national and international soccer, grand slam tennis, international and national rugby and cricket and more as well exclusive ESPN + original series that are celebrated studio shows and ESPN’s full library of 30’s award-winning 30 films.

For just $ 5.99 per month (or $ 49.99 per year), ESPN + subscribers can get approximately 800 live Patriot League sporting events, plus thousands of live events and original programming not on linear TV or TV ESPN digital networks are available, as well as the full library of 30 for 30 documentaries and ESPN films.

ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievements, the Patriot League continues to demonstrate that student athletes can excel in both academic and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to their founding principle of admitting and grading student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics in institutions of the Patriot League is seen as an important part of a well-rounded education.

ABOUT ESPN +

ESPN + is the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. Launched in April 2018, ESPN + has grown rapidly to 8.5 million subscribers in less than two years, offering fans thousands of live events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, as well as premium Editorial content.
Fans subscribe to ESPN + for just $ 5.99 per month (or $ 49.99 per year) through the ESPN app (on mobile and connected devices), ESPN.com, or ESPNplus.com. It’s also available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney +, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN + – all for just $ 12.99 / month.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR THE PATRIOT LEAGUE ON ESPN +

What’s in the Patriot League Agreement with ESPN +?

ESPN + and the Patriot League announced a multi-year agreement that includes more than 800 events annually across the league’s 24 sports. To learn more about ESPN +, click here.

Which Patriot League sports will be available on ESPN +?

All Patriot League home football games and men’s and women’s basketball games are streamed on ESPN + unless they are broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. Each school determines the live event programming for the other sports. In recent years, the following Patriot League sports have all been streamed via the league’s digital offerings; Baseball, lacrosse (m / f), rowing, soccer (m / f), softball, swimming and diving, athletics and volleyball. In addition, non-Patriot League sports, ice hockey, sprint soccer, and wrestling could also be streamed.

In addition, a number of street competitions involving Patriot League institutions will also be available on ESPN +.

Where can I find the Patriot League schedule on ESPN +?

Visit the ESPN + Schedule Page for full details of the event schedule. A schedule for home live events in the Patriot League only is available here.

How do I subscribe to ESPN +?

An ESPN + subscription can be purchased through ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com, or the ESPN app. Fans can only access ESPN + content after subscribing. To subscribe, click here.

What does ESPN + cost?

ESPN + is priced at $ 5.99 / month or $ 49.99 / year. Fans can also subscribe to ESPN + as part of the Disney Bundle, which includes Disney +, ESPN +, and Hulu (ad-supported) for just $ 12.99 / month.

Where can I watch ESPN + with my subscription?

A subscriber can view ESPN + on the Watch tab of the latest version of the ESPN app. It’s also available on ESPN.com, Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, tvOS), Android smartphones, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku devices, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Amazon Fire devices (TV, Stick, Smart TV, Tablets) available. .

Can I also watch events that are not part of the Patriot League with my ESPN + subscription?

Yes, with your subscription you can watch all ESPN + content including thousands of other college sporting events, exclusive UFC and top rank boxing events, MLB and NHL games, world class national and international soccer, grand slam tennis , international and national rugby and cricket and more, plus exclusive ESPN + original series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of the award-winning 30 for 30 ESPN films.

Are games archived on ESPN +?

All games streamed live on ESPN + will be available for 30 days after the competition ends.

Is the Patriot League program available on ESPN + outside of the US?

Video streaming via ESPN + is currently not available outside of the United States. The Patriot League will create a platform for international viewers to follow the Patriot League competitions. The link for international audience numbers will be announced shortly.

Will Patriot League home games televised be available on ESPN +?

All locally produced television shows will be available on ESPN +. However, Patriot League competitions broadcast on CBS Sports Network are not available on ESPN +.

Will the Patriot League Network still exist?

The Patriot League will continue to profile student athletes as well as highlight shows, championship previews and summaries along with the week’s games. This program will be available on the league’s website as well as on the YouTube, Twitter and Facebook platforms.

Where can viewers give feedback on the Patriot League’s digital programming?

The Patriot League values ​​your feedback and welcomes your comments. We have created a space on the Patriot League website for your comments and suggestions.

How do I find out how much bandwidth I have available with my current Internet connection?

To test your bandwidth you can use the following link – www.speedtest.net

Who do I contact if I have questions about ESPN + or the ESPN app?

If fans have any questions about ESPN + or the ESPN app, please contact customer service.

For more questions, visit the ESPN + Frequently Asked Questions

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