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ESPN brings ‘College GameDay’ to 3 women’s basketball matchups, starting with UConn at Tennessee

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ESPN will host the first of three “College GameDay” women’s basketball events in Knoxville, Tennessee, as UConn No. 4 will visit Tennessee on January 26, the network announced on Tuesday. The other two matches will be announced later.

This is an opportunity for ESPN to capitalize on the historic audience of the 2022 Women’s National Championship, which has garnered 4.85 million viewers across its networks.

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“Men do ‘College GameDay’, what is it, every week? Knoxville News Guardian.

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There hadn’t been a women’s basketball game for 11 years before last season’s College GameDay.

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ESPN analyst Caroline Peck told the News Sentinel that ESPN’s VP of Production Patricia Lowry was integral to the effort to make a difference. She added that the entire team will continue to advocate for greater coverage because “women’s basketball is a product that deserves it.”

March 31, 2022;  Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA;  From left: ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, sideline analyst Andrea Carter, analyst Rebecca Lobo, play commentator Ryan Ruocco and studio host El Duncan pose during a news conference at the Target Center.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
“College GameDay” will focus on women’s basketball with ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, sideline analyst Andrea Carter, analyst Rebecca Lobo, commentator Ryan Ruocco, and studio host El Duncan as on-air talents.

How South Carolina, UCLA and Tennessee made a difference

last season ESPN hosted “College GameDay” in South Carolina. on her first women’s basketball trip in 11 years.

Prior to this, UCLA (2010) and Tennessee (2011) hosted the only two “College GameDay” editions for women’s basketball.

This was followed by the 2022 NCAA Women’s National Championship game between South Carolina and the University of California. It was a turning point in the debate about the popularity of women’s basketball, and Gamecocks head coach Don Staley was a staunch supporter.

Ahead of the tournament, which was first dubbed March Madness, Staley spoke to CNN about the progress.

“We need to be treated like a sport. Like a real sport. Like an income-generating sport,” she told CNN. “I don’t know if it will be in the scope of what March Madness is for men. But I know one thing: they invested in it.”

When South Carolina defeated the 11-time champion Husky in front of a sell-out crowd, TV viewership peaked at 5.91 million. It was the most viewed game in nearly two decades. most popular college basketball gamemale or female, will air on ESPN starting in 2008.

The game surpassed the 2004 UConn and Tennessee Finals in viewing numbers, the title game watched by 5.58 million people to watch the Huskies win.

An understaffed UConn will now be featured on “College GameDay” on January 26 as the rivalry continues and it seems inevitable that South Carolina will be included in ESPN’s upcoming announcements.


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