ESPN’s College GameDay will return for a third season, with the first of the season set for Sunday, Dec. 4, with a broadcast on ESPN2.
For the first time in its history, ESPN will not air the College GameDays regular-season finale on Saturday, Nov. 19, instead focusing its coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Monday, Nov 19.
The decision to air the men’s final was made following a conversation between ESPN president John Skipper and senior vice president for product management, Brian DeLong, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
“The decision was made to not air Saturday’s men’s Final Four game in lieu of airing the men.
ESPN is very proud of our fans, and we have great respect for their passion,” DeLong said in a statement.
DeLong and Skipper also discussed a variety of topics, including the need for increased access to high-definition content, ESPN2’s partnership with the NCAA and ESPN’s commitment to college basketball, according to the WSJ.
While the decision to delay the game was not a direct result of the women’s final, it was a decision that was influenced by the NCAA’s request to increase the number of viewers for ESPN’s coverage.
ESPN is the only network that has not made a commitment to airing the women`s Final Four, with ESPN and Fox Sports offering the two main events on Sunday.
Last year, the men`s final was postponed after it was discovered that the women were wearing too much makeup, and in an attempt to alleviate the issue, Fox Sports aired the women�s semifinals on Fox Sports 1, which is a prime time slot on the network that is available to all fans, regardless of how they watch ESPN.
In addition to the college basketball tournament, ESPN is the sole channel that will televise the NFL and NBA Finals.
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College GameDay is the official network of the College Football Playoff and is broadcast in more than 150 countries, including all the home games of the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.