ESPN replaces Turner as NCAA beach volleyball broadcaster
ESPN, the Walt Disney-owned US sports network, has acquired rights to show US university sports’ NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship for the next five years.
Under the deal struck between the broadcaster and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ESPN is to televise the next five editions of the event, beginning with the 2018 championship, which will take place in Gulf Shores, Alabama from 4 to 6 May.
ESPN will broadcast live ‘whip-around’ coverage of every match of the tournament across its range of networks and channels.
ESPN 3, the broadcaster’s live-streaming service, will provide full coverage of every individual match from the event.
Dan Margulis, ESPN senior director, said: “The NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship adds to our offering of more than 20 NCAA Championships we provide fans each year. Beach volleyball is an emerging sport with untapped potential and ESPN looks forward to helping increase its national profile.”
In May, Turner, the US media giant and long-time rights-holder of the NCAA’s top men’s basketball competition, televised the inaugural edition of the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship.
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