The Ivy League basketball teams will be getting national exposure on ESPN networks next spring.
ESPN will televise the inaugural Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, which will be held March 11-12, 2017 at The Palestra in Philadelphia. The Palestra is the home court for the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition, 15 regular season games will be featured on ESPN through the League’s television package. In total, the League will make 30 appearances on national television throughout the 2016-17 season.
All six games of the inaugural Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will be showcased live across the ESPN networks. The men’s semifinals will be seen on ESPNU and the championship will be seen on ESPN2. The women’s semifinals will stream on ESPN3 while the championship will be live on ESPNU.
Winners of the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Ivy League does not offer athletic scholarships like other Division I schools.
The Ivy League is made up of the following eight schools — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale
“We are incredibly excited to feature our inaugural Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments on ESPN’s networks,” said Executive Director Robin Harris. “ESPN gives us the opportunity to showcase our student-athletes and their accomplishments on the national stage during Championship Week, when the country focuses on college basketball.”
“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Ivy league throughout the basketball season,” said Brent Colborne, Director of Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN. “Concluding the conference schedule with the inaugural Ivy League Basketball Tournaments further serves fans nationwide with competitive Championship Week games during a crucial part of the season.”