Feb. 11, 2011
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee baseball team will be featured on national television six times during the 2011 regular season as it added four more broadcasts on Friday with the announcement of the official Southeastern Conference television package, the second under the league's landmark 15-year agreement with ESPN.
In addition to the two previously announced Thursday night games on ESPNU, the Volunteers will also take to the airwaves on April 1 and 2 at Florida, April 30 at Vanderbilt and on May 14 at LSU. All four additional games will air on CSS.
All games from the 2011 SEC Tournament will continue to be televised as well, with the championship game airing again nationally on ESPN2. Including SEC Tournament games, a total of 68 SEC baseball broadcasts will air in 2011 as part of the official SEC package.
"The success and popularity of baseball in our conference is at an all-time high," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "We are proud to be able to offer this kind of unprecedented exposure to both our teams and our fans."
The television package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FSN, SportSouth, CSS and CST. In addition, ESPN3 will also stream most broadcasts live online.
"This package moves our baseball exposure to new levels," SEC Consultant for Television Larry Templeton stated. "Baseball in this league will now have viewership increased to heights only seen previously during the College World Series. Fans of SEC Baseball will be able to follow the entire season like never before."
SEC schools maintain the rights to air additional games not included in the official SEC package with various television outlets, including official SEC TV partners. More than 50 additional games are set to be broadcast by SEC partners via this means, bringing the total number of SEC baseball games broadcast in 2011 to over 120 games.
ESPNU's previously announced inaugural Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week will begin in Knoxville on Thursday, Apr. 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET and run seven weeks through May 19. The weekly game will feature a live 30-minute pregame show from ESPNU studios at 7 p.m. ET each week, focusing on baseball news and updates from around the league. ESPN networks will air 18 SEC baseball broadcasts this season.
All games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will be broadcast in high definition.
Tennessee will kick off the 2011 campaign on Friday, Feb. 18, with a 4 p.m. showdown against Milwaukee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Conference play is set to begin on Fri., March 18, at Kentucky. The SEC Tournament will be played at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., May 25-29.
VOL BASEBALL TO HOST FAN APPRECIATION DAY
The Volunteers will host a pre-season fan appreciation day from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Fans are invited to come tour the recently renovated Lindsey Nelson Stadium, interact with and get autographs from members of the team, take a few swings in the new indoor batting cage facility and watch the team in action as it will scrimmage following the day's festivities.
Every fan in attendance will receive two free tickets to the season opener against Milwaukee at 4 p.m. on Feb. 18, and will have the opportunity to enter raffle drawings for a variety of prizes, including a Tennessee baseball jersey, autographed photos of former Vol legends Todd Helton and Luke Hochevar, a chance to throw out the first pitch at a future UT game and much more.
UT's three full-time coaches will each hold a question-and-answer session in the MVP Club Room as well, with Jason Beverlin discussing pitching at 10 a.m., Ash Lawson talking about hitting and base running at 10:30 a.m. and Head Coach Todd Raleigh providing a season preview at 11 a.m.
In addition, fans will be able to take a first-hand look at available seats in Lindsey Nelson Stadium and have the opportunity to purchase 2011 season tickets with home games against defending national champion South Carolina and other perennial title contenders such as Ole Miss, Georgia, Mississippi State and Auburn.
Parking is available inside the left-field gate or in lot C-1 behind the scoreboard in right field. For more information, please call (865) 974-9079.
Fan Appreciation Day Schedule
9 a.m. - Doors open (Each fan will receive two free tickets to home opener on 2/18) 10 a.m. - Jason Beverlin Q&A - MVP Club Room 10:30 a.m. - Ash Lawson Q&A - MVP Club Room 11 a.m. - Todd Raleigh Q&A - MVP Club Room