Stories of the Year: Expanded Menu for Lacrosse Fans
|ESPN and US Lacrosse announced a
major broadcast agreement for this summer's 2014 FIL World
For a lacrosse fan, there are more viewing options than ever to whet the appetite.
Not only does TV exposure continue to increase — the networks of ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network and national cable channel Fuse all broadcast collegiate games this year — but so does online streaming, and other forms of access to the sport.
For the fifth straight year, ESPN networks provided coverage of all 15 games of the NCAA Division I men's tournament, including the championship game live on ESPN and simultaneously on ESPNU using SkyCam view. The Division I women's title game — the triple-overtime thriller between North Carolina and Maryland, LM's Game of the Year — was available live on ESPNU.
Every Major League Lacrosse game was broadcast nationally either on an ESPN network, CBS Sports Network or YouTube's The Lacrosse Network, which live streamed a number of MLL and National Lacrosse League games, and MCLA contests. The Pac-12 Network aired an MPSF women's game between USC and Oregon.
The broadcast agreement reached in September between ESPN and US Lacrosse for the 2014 Federation of International (FIL) World Championship in Denver this July reflects the growing trend. The semifinal and championship games will air on ESPNU while approximately 60 games will be shown across ESPN networks and online at ESPN3.com.
This story originally appeared in the December issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your subscription.