George Mason to Have At Least 19 Televised Games in 2012-13

By Donnell Coley

George Mason will have an extensive list of televised games for the upcoming season. Head coach Paul Hewitt and his Patriots will benefit from playing in front of the broadcast cameras at least 19 times, 10 of them nationally televised.

Seven of the Patriots’ nationally televised games can be seen on the NBC Sports Network, a channel that recently announced the broadcast schedules of all the CAA teams. Their first game on the network will be Dec. 8 when Mason hosts Northern Iowa at 6 p.m. Other home games on NBCSN include Northeastern, Old Dominion, Hofstra and a colossal matchup with Drexel on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. The road games on the network will be at ODU on Feb. 4 and at Delaware on Mar. 2.

CBS  Sports Network will show three Mason games this season. The first game will be a road contest as the Patriots travel to Rhode Island to take on the Rams on Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. On Feb. 9, their home game against Delaware will air at 2 p.m. Their last game on CBSSN will be on Feb. 16 as they travel to Drexel for their second matchup with the preseason CAA favorites.

In addition to the nationally televised games, Mason will also appear regionally on both the Comcast Sports Network and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Comcast will show eight conference games in total, four at home and four on the road. The home games are:  James Madison (Jan. 15, 7 p.m.), Georgia State (Feb. 16, 4 p.m.) William and Mary (Feb. 23, 4 p.m.) and Towson (Feb. 26, 7 p.m.). The four away games include:  at W&M (Jan. 5, 2 p.m.), at North Carolina-Wilmington (Jan. 12, 2 p.m.), at Northeastern (Jan. 27, 8 p.m.) and at JMU (Feb. 2 4, 7 p.m.).

The official cable partner of Mason, MASN, will broadcast several Mason games this year including their matchup with Maryland in the BB&T Classic on Dec. 2. The other games will be announced at a later date.

Mason was 24-9 last season and was picked to finish third in the CAA this year.

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