Not only will the MAAC basketball women's tournament's championship game have a new date (on Monday, instead of its traditional Sunday slot, as reported in early June), but it was announced today that it will be broadcast to a national audience.
The women's title contest will televised on ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network. It will be live coverage of the game that will be played this coming season on Monday, March 7 at 1 p.m. at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.
Since 1991, when the men’s and women’s championships were moved to the same site, the women’s championship game has been played on Sunday during the MAAC Basketball Championships. The format change, which gives the women’s championship game participants a day off following the semifinals, was approved by the MAAC Council of Presidents in June.
“It’s a great opportunity for the MAAC to move its premier championship game from a regional network to a national platform like ESPNU,” said MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor. “We look forward to the network’s 72.5 million viewers tuning in for MAAC Women’s Basketball.”
This will be just the second MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship Game shown nationally and the first since March 3, 1996, when the game appeared on ESPN2. Manhattan defeated Fairfield, 92-66, at Knickerbocker Arena (now Times Union Center) in Albany, N.Y. to claim its third of four titles.