BIG EAST Announces Exclusive Streaming Plans For First Rounds Of 2009 Basketball Championships

March 8, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With the 2009 BIG EAST Women's and Men's Basketball Championships including more games and more teams than in any previous year, the conference is announcing unprecedented online coverage of the tournaments on

The BIG EAST, in conjunction with its Digital Media partner JumpTV, will offer exclusive FREE live video streams of the four first-round games of the men's championship on Tuesday, March 10 through the conference's official streaming video platform, This year will be the first in which BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship games can be seen exclusively on the BIG EAST Web site.

Exclusive online coverage of the BIG EAST Women's and Men's Basketball Championship is sponsored by New York Life Insurance Company. "New York Life is proud to sponsor the online coverage of the upcoming BIG EAST basketball tournaments," said William Werfelman, a spokesperson for New York Life.

"Our national advertising campaign about the selfless gift of life insurance is a great message for the loyal fans, alumni, and students of the BIG EAST schools, who know that selfless play usually results in championships."

The Men's Championship's second-round, quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds will be televised live on ESPN and can be seen online at

First-round games will not be televised for either tournament.

All 16 conference teams will play in the 2009 BIG EAST Championships. The Men's Championship is March 10-14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. First-round games will feature the No. 9 seed against the No. 16 seed, the No. 12 seed against the No. 13 seed, the No. 10 seed against the No. 15 seed, and the No. 11 seed against the No. 14 seed.

Tuesday's winners will face the Nos. 5-8 seeds in the second round of the respective tournaments. Those winners, in turn, will face the top four seeds in the quarterfinals.

In addition to the four men's games, will feature the most complete and comprehensive video coverage of both the Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. This year's coverage will include exclusive behind-the-scenes feature videos, highlights and press conferences from all 30 games of the men's and women's tournaments. Users should visit the Women's and Men's Basketball Championship Central pages on for complete coverage of both tournaments.