The Butler men's and women's basketball teams will have at least six games broadcast on the ESPN networks in 2008-09. Included in that slate are three games in the newly created Horizon League Friday Night Game-of-the-Week package.
Butler's men are slated for five appearances on the ESPN stations, while Butler's women have one game scheduled for broadcast. Both Butler teams have an opportunity for additional exposures through a league "wildcard" game and the Horizon League Tournament.
The Butler men will have four games broadcast on ESPNU and one on ESPN2. The Bulldogs' games at Cleveland State on Dec. 4 and at Xavier on Dec. 23 will be carried on ESPNU, and Butler will host two Friday night games on the national college sports station. The Friday contests will be against Valparaiso on Jan. 30 and against UIC on Feb. 13.
Butler's game at UIC on Jan 17 also will be telecast nationally on ESPN2.
Additionally, the Bulldogs could be chosen for the "wildcard" game on Feb. 28 when Butler hosts preseason league favorite Cleveland State. The Horizon League Tournament semifinals on March 7 will be telecast on ESPNU, while the league championship game on March 10 will be carried on ESPN.
Butler's men had 10 games broadcast on the ESPN networks last season.
The Butler women's basketball team will get national attention later in the season, when the Bulldogs host Wright State. That game will be broadcast live on ESPNU on Friday, Feb. 6, beginning at 9 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Butler-Wright State game was originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip on Thursday, Feb. 5, but was pushed back to accommodate the broadcast. Additionally, the Bulldogs' contest against Detroit, which was slated for Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m., has been moved back to Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
It will be the fourth time in four seasons Butler will appear on the ESPN network. The Bulldogs' appearance in the 2007 Horizon League Championship game against Green Bay was broadcast live on ESPNU, while Butler's regular season road games against the Phoenix last spring and during the 2005-06 campaign were both carried on ESPNU.
The women's championship game in this season's Horizon League Tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU on March 15.
2008-09 Butler Games On The ESPN Networks
Thursday, Dec. 4--Butler at Cleveland State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tuesday, Dec. 23--Butler at Xavier, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saturday, Jan. 17--Butler at UIC, 2 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN360.com)
Friday, Jan. 30--Valparaiso at Butler, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Friday, Feb. 13--UIC at Butler, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Friday, Feb. 6--Wright State at Butler, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)