Former ESPN Andy Katz has been hired to cover college basketball for NCAA.com, the website announced on Monday. After nearly three decades of covering college hoops for ESPN and newspapers in Fresno, Alquerque and Milwaukee, Katz will provide written, digital and social media coverage for the NCAA. Continue reading “Former long-time ESPN analyst finds new job after being laid off”
Is ESPN’s Revenue Model Doomed?
It’s no secret that cable television is in trouble and things aren’t improving; millions of subscribers are bailing on the traditional, bundled cable television model in favor of streaming services. There’s little doubt as to why this is happening; bundled cable providers like Comcast and TimeWarner are behemoth corporations with infamously bad customer service. Their rates are continuing to rise at an exponential rate despite overall viewership and viewer satisfaction plummeting. Cable TV’s prices have grown at four times the rate of inflation, with cable subscribers getting an average of 189 channels but only watching 17 of them. Yikes.
The 17 channels-per-household number has been the same since at least 2008, when the average number of total channels was about 129. Which means exactly what it sounds like: over the past 8-10 years, Cable TV has added a whole lot of channels that most people don’t watch. So cable companies keep ratcheting up their prices at a pace that exceeds gasoline and gold (literally), their customers are getting basically the same product. If this sounds like business suicide, it is – but there’s a caveat to this, and it’s the lynch pin that makes the whole model work. Sports programming.
Most cable subscribers don’t know this, but each cable channel has a different wholesale cost – HGTV, CNN, ESPN, Al Jazeera – all charge a base per-month-per-subscriber rate. The argument that has raged for years is that consumers want to be able to buy their cable channels a-la-carte, but that option isn’t available, and it might not even work out to be cheaper in many cases. The power of cable television to networks is twofold: the monthly subscriber fees combined with the advertising revenue from the broadcasts themselves. This model has suffered as many broadcast networks have seen their advertising dollars sink as more people opt for on-demand programming or just stream other content in general, allowing them to avoid advertising, but that isn’t true for live sports.
Live sports still maintains high demand and viewer engagement; unlike a cop drama that isn’t unfolding in real time with real-life consequences, live sports has built-in viewer engagement, especially for close contests with consequences. Channel surfing during commercials is a way of life for us now, but most people aren’t going to change the channel during a commercial when their team needs a first down to stay in the playoff hunt and there’s 1 second left on the game clock. Major league sports, such as the NFL and NBA, have long ago left the days of only having some of their games broadcast. Now every single game is available to watch, somewhere. The structure of the games is actually modified based on the television broadcast, and it goes beyond media timeouts. For example, NFL games have a broadcast crew member who steps on the field during a commercial so that the referees are aware that the network feed isn’t back on the air yet. While you are at home watching a Buffalo Wild Wings or Budweiser ad pitch, the referee at the stadium is watching the broadcast rep to see when he can signal for play to get back underway. There’s nothing wrong with any of this, but it points to where the largest source of revenue for major sports comes from. Sports leagues claim that they get more revenue from ticket sales than broadcast revenue, but their actions speak otherwise. Losing teams who have trouble even getting a half-capacity crowd to their games are likely to be leaning the most heavily on the network deals, despite what they may say. TV broadcast deals are pretty much an arbitrage brokerage agreement. A broadcast network figures out how much it can sell advertising for during games, and pays the league less than that amount for the rights. The problem is, there are only so many viewers for games, and only so much decent content. Showing college football games at 10 am on a Tuesday really isn’t a viable option for several reasons, so ESPN fills this time with ‘SportsCenter’ type content.
This would all be fine, except in order to secure the broadcast rights for the most sought-after games, ESPN and other networks have had to pay higher and higher figures in an explosion of broadcast deals. A point of fact that is lost on many casual sports fans is that many lesser games aren’t profitable to broadcast (at least not with the current cable TV model and overhead), and benefits the teams more than the network. For example, broadcasting a Division III basketball game will give the competing programs some great exposure, but there’s a good chance the viewership will not be nearly high enough to justify the broadcast for a major network. So the competition for ‘high demand’ events is fierce and smaller cable networks cannot compete in any meaningful way.
This high-impact viewer engagement, combined with the steady rise of viewership for top sporting events, has created a golden goose for both sports broadcasters and cable television providers, but they don’t share the same benefits and they are not in complete collusion about profiting from it.
Cable providers love the fact that viewers can’t really get live sports – at least not the live sports they want – consistently from anywhere except cable TV. This includes online streaming, because viewers who can legally and easily stream games like the NBA playoffs are able to do so through ESPN, not a third party, and those viewers are already paying for that service. This means that viewers who want sports will buy the whole cable package…which is convenient for cable companies, because sports viewers may not have wanted to buy anything but sports and they have to pay for the rest of the channels as well. However, the real kicker is the viewers who don’t watch sports. They are subsidizing the sports fans because they get hit with the same package deal. Neither group of viewers wins…but the cable company sure does. I suppose it could be argued that viewers are getting a lower price overall with bundling, but it is a specious argument: those viewers would probably be willing to pay more per channel, for less channels, if their overall bill was much lower. The closest solution cable companies have offered for this is not a solution at all- adding another ‘package’ to your existing package for more localized sports, such as the Pac-10 or Big East. This has actually made it more difficult for new sports networks to get footing, even when backed by major players like NBC. Universal Sports Network was shuttered earlier this year after it struggled to climb off of the lower-tier sports cable packages. The fees for sports channels dwarfs the non-sports channels, but we’ll get into that in just a few minutes. For viewers who don’t want sports at all, there are no viable options other that just accepting fewer overall channels and dropping cable for Hulu, NetFlix and HBO Go (which they are doing, in droves).
The successful sports broadcasters – like ESPN – are the ones who benefit the most from bundling; millions of cable TV subscribers, combined with content that locks in many of those subscribers creates a scenario where the cable sports networks can ramp up their monthly per-subscriber fees. And, to no surprise, they have. The demand for the last bastion of engaged ad viewers has created a bidding war between ESPN, TNT and the other sports networks. In order to pay for those big deals, ESPN and the other networks have demanded bigger subscriber fees from the cable networks. Those fees get passed right down to the viewers. Let’s put this in perspective to explain how wide the gap is between sports programming and other cable programming fees.
In recent reports, ESPN charges between $6.04 and $6.50 per subscriber to cable companies; by comparison, HGTV only costs a mere $.17 cents per month. While it may seem we’re talking dollars and pennies here, it must be pointed out that those $6+ fees are not just coming from sports fans, but every single subscriber. Without the cable bundling packages, ESPN would have to charge significantly more per month to cover their broadcast deals and operating costs. Financial analyst Leo Hindery recently stated that sports programming packages could continue to balloon to the $40 per month range. Another key Wall Street analyst estimates that ESPN would have to charge $36 alone just to pay for the current costs. That’s not even remotely viable in a world where NetFlix costs $10 a month and NBA League Pass is about $200 per year.
It isn’t mere speculation about the potential of subscribers defecting en masse from cable companies, hitting ESPN right in their revenue projections. It was recently reported that 7 million subscribers have dropped in the past two years. At $6 per subscriber, that’s $420 million gone annually from the company that makes up 25% of Disney’s overall business. When this came to light, Disney’s stock took a major hit.
From a company that built its fortune in splash hires and press buzz, they immediately made some sweeping changes that would be deemed as “PR Kryptonite”, including wide scale layoffs and jettisoning some of their highly paid on-air talent. Despite all of the normal press release bingo that comes along with these changes, the real story is that ESPN is cutting expenses – hard. This, while at the same time claiming all is well in the world, and growth is going to continue unabated. Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that the company is “very bullish about ESPN” despite all of the behind-the-scenes scrambling to slash costs. It is likely that Disney and ESPN will show improved profitability in the 3rd or 4th quarters because of this, and this is entirely intended to bolster the stock price and soothe investor concerns. However, cutting costs in the short term is not the long term solution. The reality is that the deals for sports programming may be outpacing the market in a way that will create havoc in a few years; the massive deals that seem to have no ceiling may very well be finding their peak.
What would this mean for sports fans? Well, probably more options, but it would mean paying more attention to which networks or streaming services are carrying the games you want. There’s also the reality that the entire major league sports industry – from franchise fees to collective bargaining agreements – was built on the idea that sports would continue to see ever-increasing broadcast deals. If those deals suddenly are replaced by much smaller fiscal agreements, you’ll see much lower salaries for the players, lower ticket fees, and more broadcast partners all around. I don’t want to speculate too much, but such an event may well open the door for more than one pro league in the various major sports. However, that’s a topic for another day.
For now, it’s important to understand that cable sports – and the sports entertainment industry as it exists today – may be due for a radical shake up in the near future. ESPN continues to ink bigger and bigger deals, the most recent for $1.4 billion being about 3 times the size of their previous deal. So considering the fact that they lost a half-billion in annual revenue while at the same time adding another full billion in expenses means they might need for Disney to have more than pretend fairy-dust to make it all work. All of this explains why you’ve suddenly seen ESPN and other networks so eager to jump into ad deals with DraftKings and FanDuel, which are technically gambling and they wanted no part of prior to this year.
So that’s a truncated explanation with quite a bit left out for later. Coming this week, I’ll have more information on something else – a minor sports league that actually has a viable business model. I know, you guys are familiar with me ripping apart the financials of leagues like the Amerileague or the ABA, so you’ll want to drop in for this one.
College Basketball Media Days: ESPN Covers 11 Conferences
PN analysts — Jay Williams and Cory Alexander (ACC), Sean Farnham (SEC men) and Nell Fortner and Carolyn Peck (SEC women).
- Coaches Clicker: Head coaches break down game film with Greenberg and Gaudio (SEC/ACC men) and Debbie Antonelli (SEC women) providing insight into the X’s and O’s of the game.
- Fast Break: Head coaches answer rapid fire questions on college basketball and their personality.
- Rules of the Game: Newly appointed NCAA national coordinator of men’s officiating, J.D. Collins will provide guidance on some of the most important and new rules in college basketball.
On ESPNU, Greenberg and Gaudio will be in-studio for both, with Katz (SEC) and Schick (ACC) anchoring.
SEC Tip Off on SEC Network
SEC Network will also provide coverage of SEC Tip Off, the conference’s men’s and women’s media day events on its flagship program SEC Now – men’s (Oct. 21 at 10 p.m.) and women’s (Oct. 22 at 9 p.m.) In addition to segments with coaches and players referenced above, SEC Now will also televise segments of the roundtables hosted by Nowkhah and Taylor.
ESPN3 will provide coverage of four additional conference media days: Horizon and Mountain West (October 14), MAAC (Oct. 21), Big South (Oct. 26) and Atlantic Sun (Nov. 4). The network will also cover ACC women’s (Oct. 21) and men’s media day as well.
|Wed, Oct. 14||2 p.m.||Horizon (men’s and women’s)|
|3 p.m.||Mountain West (men’s and women’s)|
|Wed, Oct. 21||9:30 a.m.||ACC (women’s)|
|7:30 p.m. (women’s)*
8:15 p.m. (men’s)*
|Mon, Oct. 26||9:30 a.m.||Big South|
|Wed, Oct 28||9 a.m.||ACC (men’s)|
|Wed, Nov. 4||7 p.m. (women’s)*
7:30 p.m. (men’s)*
College Basketball Live on ESPNU (October Schedule)
|Thu, Oct. 15||4 p.m. – 5 p.m.||College Basketball Live
Conferences with media days: Big Ten and Pac-12
|Studio: Andy Katz, Dino Gaudio
From Chicago: Jeff Goodman and Sean Harrington
From San Francisco: Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams
|Tue, Oct. 20||4 p.m. – 5 p.m.||College Basketball Live
Conference with media day: Big 12
|Studio: Andy Katz, Seth Greenberg
From Kansas City: Fran Fraschilla and Miles Simon
|Wed, Oct. 21||1 p.m. – 3 p.m.||College Basketball Live
Conference with media day: SEC
|Andy Katz, Seth Greenberg, Dino Gaudio, Sean Farnham, Dari Nowkhah|
|Tue, Oct. 27||4 p.m. – 5 p.m.||College Basketball Live
Conference with media day: American
|Studio: Andy Katz, Seth Greenberg
From Orlando: Tim Welsh & Brooke Weisbrod
|Wed, Oct. 28||1 – 4 p.m.||College Basketball Live
Conference with media day: ACC
|Matt Schick, Jay Bilas, Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg, Dino Gaudio, andCory Alexander|
Networks & Times Set for Third Annual Big 12/SEC Challenge
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to air every game of the third annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic – staged for the first time on a common bye date of Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, during the conference schedule. The field is headlined by four preseason top-10 teams – No. 3 Kentucky, No. 5 Kansas, No. 7 Iowa State and No. 8 Oklahoma – and matches all 10 of the Big 12 members against 10 teams from the Southeastern Conference.
Eight of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU with each conference hosting five games.
ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday morning and evening roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college basketball season – will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date.
In addition to No. 3 Kentucky, No. 5 Kansas, No. 7 Iowa State and No. 8 Oklahoma, the field includes nine total teams ranked in the ESPN.com’s revised too-early top 25. No. 17 Baylor; No. 18 Vanderbilt, No. 20 West Virginia; No. 22 LSU and No. 25 Texas A&M.
Additional Challenge highlights:
- Three potential top-25 matchups include No. 3 Kentucky at No. 5 Kansas, No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 22 LSU and No. 7 Iowa State at No. 25 Texas A&M.
- Georgia is a first-time participant in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, while Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M are appearing for the second time.
- Twelve teams competed in the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship: Final Four participant Kentucky; Sweet 16 teams Oklahoma and West Virginia; as well as Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Iowa State, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Texas.
- The Challenge field has 27 players ranked in the 2015 ESPN Recruiting Nation 100, including five in the top 15: No. 1 Ben Simmons (PF, LSU); No. 2 Skal Labissiere (C, Kentucky); No. 7 Cheick Diallo (PF, Kansas); No. 13 Isaiah Briscoe (PF, Kentucky) and No. 15 Antonio Blakeney (SG, LSU).
- Kentucky fields the No. 2-ranked incoming class, LSU stands at No. 3, Texas A&M is No. 6, Kansas is No. 7, Texas is No. 15, Florida is No. 17 and Auburn is No. 28 in the 2015 ESPN Recruiting Nation Class Rankings.
All 10 games will also be available via WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
The 2014 Challenge, which saw the Big 12 winning six of the matchups, was held from December 3 to December 6. The inaugural event in 2013, won by the Big 12 with seven victories, was played across various dates in November and December.
2016 SEC/Big 12 Challenge Presented by Sonic schedule (schedule subject to change)
|Sat, Jan 30||Noon||No. 18 Vanderbilt at Texas||ESPN or ESPN2|
|No. 20 West Virginia at Florida||ESPN or ESPN2|
|2 p.m.||Tennessee at TCU||ESPN2|
|Ole Miss at Kansas State||ESPNU|
|4 p.m.||Texas Tech at Arkansas||ESPNU|
|6 p.m.||Georgia at No. 17 Baylor||ESPN2|
|8 p.m.||Oklahoma State at Auburn||ESPN2|
|No earlier than 2 p.m.; No later than 7 p.m.||No. 3 Kentucky at No. 5 Kansas||ESPN|
|No earlier than 2 p.m.; No later than 7 p.m.||No. 7 Iowa State at No. 25 Texas A&M||ESPN|
|No earlier than 2 p.m.; No later than 7 p.m.||No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 22 LSU||ESPN|
ESPN Analysts Make Final Four Picks
ESPN’s extensive multiplatform coverage of Selection Sunday, March 15, included instant and in-depth analysis across studio shows on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Rece Davis hosted live coverage of up-to-the-minute tournament selection updates on ESPN’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter with analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. Dan Dakich and Jim Calhoun was also in-studio to provide analysis. Following SportsCenter, ESPN aired a two-hour Bracketology Presented by Staples at 7 p.m. with Davis, Bilas, Greenberg, Vitale and Williams. The coverage included analysis, discussion on the field, upset predictions, final four picks and more.
Jay Bilas on the job by the selection committee:
- “The end of the line, I didn’t think there was a whole lot to complain about. The ones left out – Temple, Miami can complain about UCLA and Boise State. Outside of that I think the committee got everything right.”
On two-seed Gonzaga:
- Bilas: “I think Gonzaga will end up playing [three-seed] Iowa State and we very well could see Gonzaga in the Final Four.”
- Dick Vitale: “Gonzaga has all the parts. I really love that basketball team. I think this is the year that Mark Few’s club – they’re going to be my pick – to go to the Final Four.”
Seth Greenberg on Michigan State:
- “Michigan State finds a way to advance in March, and I have them as an Elite Eight team.”
Jay Williams on Virginia being a two-seed:
- “I would’ve had UVA on the first line. Even though they weren’t playing that great without Justin Anderson, I felt their wins were better than the wins Villanova had.”
Williams on NC State and LSU against Villanova:
- “I think both of those teams have the personnel that they could beat Villanova. I would pick Villanova, right now, as my first one-seed to go out.”
Bilas on Virginia’s prospects of advancing:
- “I still favor Virginia to get to the Regional Final and play Villanova. If Justin Anderson can get toward healthy, to where he gets that brace off his hand and he can actually handle the ball with his left hand, I think Virginia goes to the Final Four.”
Dan Dakich observation of the Midwest Region:
- “Doesn’t matter, Kentucky’s going to win the Regional. They could’ve put anybody in there.”
Vitale on Kentucky:
- “They have all the components, they can block shots, they can defend, they have depth, they have fresh legs at the end of the game… they got into foul trouble, and they just bring in another guy. They have all the parts.”
On UCLA in the field, but not Miami and Temple:
- Bilas: “I think Miami might be looking at UCLA in the field and saying, ‘what, excuse me?’”
- Greenberg: “I’m shocked about UCLA. I know they have a Utah win and an Oregon win, but I’m shocked about UCLA. If I’m Temple, and I understand I lost in my conference tournament, but you have a quality win against Kansas. More importantly, your record with Jesse Morgan who got eligible mid-year, is a NCAA tournament type of record.”
If Bilas is surprised Texas and Indiana is in the field:
- “I’m not because of the quality of wins that they had. They suffered some losses – and significant amount of losses – but both of them played good schedules. The one thing with Indiana, they had a couple of what you would call bad losses, but they had more quality wins than some of the other teams at the end of the line.”
Dakich on Notre Dame:
- “To me, Notre Dame is a real possibility to beat Kentucky. I don’t think there are many teams.”
On No. 5 Utah vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin:
- Greenberg: “I like Utah, but Stephen F. Austin – they flat, get after you. Last year, they beat VCU.”
- Bilas: “I don’t think Utah scores as efficiently against really good defensive teams. I don’t think Stephen F. Austin is a great defensive team, but I think they got an edge to them. [Stephen F. Austin coach] Brad Underwood coached with Frank Martin at Kansas State. They are a tough group. Thomas Walkup is a good player. They are undersized but they fight. They’re going to fight Utah and I think they can beat them.”
Rece Davis on Georgia making the field:
- “Have you ever heard of politics, sometimes the candidate who gets elected is the least objectionable. That’s what Georgia’s resume is.”
Bilas on Ohio State:
- “Marc Loving would have to play at highest level and Amir Williams has to be completely engaged. I think Ohio State is a good bet to get into the second round past VCU because they have guards that can handle pressure.”
Bracketology included interviews with Kentucky coach John Calipari and NCAA Championship Chairman Scott Barnes:
Calipari on the opponents in the field:
- “They have to play the way they play and then play really well and then see if that is enough to beat us.”
Barnes on UCLA:
- “We saw earlier in the year, and then later in the year, it really became the eye test. Their strength of schedule certainly helped us make final decision.”
Barnes on eye test:
- “The eye test really comes into play when looking at small margins. We have always used the eye test in some regards, more times than others, depending on circumstances.”
Barnes on Indiana:
- “They had four top 50 wins and played in strong conference. I keep going back to the eye test, but they were good enough, again not top of list, good enough given body of work throughout the year and top 50 wins.”
- Jay Bilas: Kentucky Wildcats (Champion)
- Rece Davis: Kentucky Wildcats (Champion)
- Seth Greenberg: Kentucky Wildcats (Champion)
- Dick Vitale: Kentucky Wildcats (Champions)
- Jay Williams: Arizona Wildcats (Champion)
ESPNU: Hall of Fame Coaches Boeheim, Krzyzewski, Pitino and Williams Participate in Roundtable Discussion
College Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas Leads Conversation
ESPNU will televise The Experts: Coaching Legends on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET featuring Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and North Carolina’s Roy Williams. Hosted by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, the four Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coaches will participate in candid discussion about college basketball in a half-hour special.
Among the topics expected to be discussed:
- Their first job in college basketball
- How the sport has changed over the years and how those changes have impacted their profession and the play on the court
- Power conferences and autonomy
- Compensating players
The Experts: Coaching Legends is part of ESPNU’s extensive ACC media day coverage. Today, ESPN’s dedicated college network will televise a three-hour ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (1 p.m.), and two editions of The Experts: ACC Coaches Roundtable (7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.), which features conversations amongst the conference’s other 11 head coaches. ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special will also feature reports from Tim Welsh at the American media day in New York City
ESPNU Covers Six Conference Media Days, Host ACC Coaches and Players at Studios
Five Specials; Live from American, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC Media Days; Three-Hour ACC and American Program
ESPNU will cover six college basketball conferences’ media days, over the course of two weeks and five specials, in advance of the upcoming 2014-15 season. ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special programs will begin with four one-hour episodes (3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET) around the Big 12 (October 15), Big Ten (October 16), SEC (October 22) and Pac-12 (October 23). ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special will expand to three hours (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) when it hosts the ACC coaches and players at the ESPNU studios in Charlotte, N.C. and covers the American media day (October 29).
ESPN college basketball analysts will be on-location as the conferences hold their annual tip-off events, providing interviews and insight for each ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special. Fran Fraschilla and Miles Simon will travel to Kansas City (Big 12), Seth Greenberg and Jeff Goodman will be in Chicago (Big Ten), Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams will report from San Francisco (Pac-12), and Tim Welsh will head to New York City (American). Coverage from Charlotte (SEC) will include hosting men’s coaches and student-athletes from all 14 schools in-studio, with select content during ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special and more expansive programming on SEC Network.
Andy Katz (Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12) and Brendan Fitzgerald (Big 12) will anchor the studio coverage.
The three-hour ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special will include analysts Shane Battier, Jay Bilas, Greenberg and Jay Williams in-studio with Welsh reporting from the American media day. Matt Schick, Cory Alexander and Dino Gaudio will also be in-studio. Highlights include:
- Deep Discussion: Bilas will hold a roundtable with ACC head coaches
- Insight: Interviews with various head coaches
- On the Court: ACC student-athletes will join former players turned ESPN analysts Battier and Williams on the court
- Coaches Clicker: ACC head coaches will watch and break down game film with Greenberg and Gaudio providing an insight into the X’s and O’s of the game
- Live from New York City: Welsh provides reports and interviews from the American Conference media day
ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special Plans:
|Date||Time (ET)||Conference Special||Conference and Commentators|
|Wed, Oct 15||3 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (Big 12)||Studio: Brendan Fitzgerald & Dino Gaudio
From Kansas City: Fran Fraschilla & Miles Simon
|Thu, Oct 16||3 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (Big Ten)||Studio: Andy Katz & Dino Gaudio
From Chicago: Seth Greenberg & Jeff Goodman
|Wed, Oct 22||3 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (SEC)||Studio: Andy Katz & Dino Gaudio
From Charlotte: Jay Bilas, Sean Farnham, Darrin Horn & Kara Lawson
|Thu, Oct 23||3 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (Pac-12)||Studio: Andy Katz & Dino Gaudio
From San Francisco: Roxy Bernstein & Corey Williams
|Wed, Oct 29||1 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (ACC & American)||Studio: Matt Schick, Dino Gaudio & Cory Alexander, along with Jay Bilas, Shane Battier, Seth Greenberg & Jay Williams
From New York City: Tim Welsh