FAIRFIELD, CT (November 5, 2012) - The Northeast Conference announced their 2012-13 basketball television package on Monday and the Sacred Heart men's and women's basketball teams will be featured twice as part of double header broadcasts this season. The league has a 23-game schedule set with five games featured on the ESPN family of networks.
When the Pioneers make their annual trip to western Pennsylvania in early January, their match-up with the Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash will be shown live on Fox College Sports and nationally available via ESPN3. The SHU women will tip-off against the Red Flash at 11:30 am in a match-up of the two teams that have claimed the last four NEC titles. The men will follow at 2:00 pm, also live on Fox College Sports and ESPN3.
The SHU men's and women's teams will once again share the NEC TV spotlight on Saturday, January 26th when they play host to the Monmouth Hawks. The Saturday double dip is slated for the annual "Pack the Pitt" event with the game times pushed back to a 4:00 pm start for the women and a 7:00 pm start for the men. The women's game with the Hawks will be shown on Fox College Sports and ESPN while the men's tilt will be live on MSG Plus and tape-delayed on Fox College Sports.
Now in his 13th season, Dave Popkin will serve as the primary play-by-play announcer on men's broadcasts, with Paul Dottino (14th year) and Matt Harmon (fourth year) filling in. Tim Capstraw (14th year), Terry O'Connor (11th year) and Joe DeSantis (sixth year) will split color analyst duties. Dottino and John Schmeelk (third year) are the NEC's sidelines reporters.
This year's NEC-TV slate also features the return of the "wildcard" game. On the final day of the regular season, one of the following men's matchups with playoff implications will air at 11:30 am on MSG and FCS: Bryant-Saint Francis (PA), CCSU-Robert Morris, FDU-Mount St. Mary's, LIU Brooklyn-Quinnipiac, Monmouth-Wagner or Sacred Heart-St. Francis (NY).
The NEC postseason will once again be featured as part of the package. Both NEC men's semifinal match-ups on Saturday, March 9th will be carried live on Fox College Sports and ESPN3. The men's title game on Tuesday, March 12th will once again be shown on ESPN or ESPN2 and the women's championship game on Sunday, March 17th will be played on ESPNU.
Dottino will once again serve as the play-by-play voice of women's telecasts. Phyllis Mangina enters her second season as women's color analyst with Pam Roecker, now in her 11th year with the league, filling in.
Eric Singer is the longtime Producer of NEC basketball telecasts.