Even though schools have been leaving the conference the past few offseasons, the Colonial Athletic Association is still developing a national pull. Despite losing Virginia Commonwealth to the Atlantic 10 as well as Old Dominion and Georgia State following this season, the national media will still be broadcasting many CAA teams’ games.
This season, NBC Sports will be airing many CAA basketball games. Specifically, the network will show a total of 18 games featuring CAA clubs. Drexel leads the pack with 8 televised games, and NBC Sports will also show 7 George Mason contests, 5 Old Dominion games, and 4 Delaware battles. Additionally the network will also show 2 Hofstra games as long as one a piece for Northeastern and James Madison.
By process of elimination, NBC Sports won’t be airing any Georgia State, UNCW, Towson and William & Mary regular season contests. However, these four teams may have a chance to play in front of a national television audience when NBC Sports broadcasts the semifinals and finals of the CAA Mens’ Basketball Championship in March as well.
“We are pleased to announce the most extensive men’s basketball national television package in CAA history with the NBC Sports Network,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said.
The television package will commence when George Mason welcomes Northern Iowa on Saturday, December 8 at the Patriot Center.
So, even though the CAA has lost and will be losing some of its top basketball programs, all signs point to a stable future for the conference as the national media continues to show more interest in their contests.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.