There’s More Than One Way to See and Hear Patriots Basketball
Posted: November 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
If you can’t be courtside, there are plenty of other options to see and hear George Mason basketball games this season.
The men’s team is slated to have a minimum of six regular season games broadcast on television in the mid-Atlantic region, while the women’s team will have one regular season contest broadcast locally.
As part of an agreement between the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and its television partners, three George Mason men’s games and one women’s basketball contest will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet/Mid-Atlantic (CSN/M-A) in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia. CSN/M-A is available through local cable providers, DirecTV and the Dish Network. Check local listings for the channel in your area.
Mason will be one of the featured schools on three occasions in the CAA Game of the Week, beginning with its Jan. 5 home contest versus Virginia Commonwealth University at 7 p.m. Mason will travel to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington for a televised contest Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. Mason’s final Game of the Week telecast will be the final regular season game against James Madison University on Feb. 28 at noon on CSN/M-A.
Mason’s television schedule tips off on Dec. 5 with a key regional battle between the Patriots and the American Eagles in the BB&T Classic at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.
Mason and Old Dominion University have partnered to produce the Jan. 28 match-up from the Patriot Center. That game will be televised on CSN/M-A, beginning at 2 p.m.
Time-Warner Cable in North Carolina will feature the home game against UNC Wilmington on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. The contests against the Rams (Jan. 5) and the Seahawks (Jan. 21) will also be shown on Fox Sports South.
ESPN could regionally produce the Patriots ESPN Bracket Buster men’s basketball game on Feb. 18, thus potentially increasing the number of television appearances to eight. Game time for this contest will be determined Jan. 30.
Mason’s women’s basketball game against Towson University at the Patriot Center on Feb. 26 will be televised at 3 p.m. on CSN/M-A.
Comcast SportsNet will also feature both CAA tournament men’s semifinal contests on Mar. 5, while the CAA Championship game will be broadcast live on ESPN on Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. CSN will televise the women’s CAA Championship live from the Patriot Center on Mar. 11, at noon.
In addition, all men’s home games will feature free live stats on the Internet and reasonably-priced live Video Streaming. All home and away games can be heard on the radio or Internet.
The Mason athletics web site, GoMason.com, can link fans to video, radio and webcasts of the events. Just click on the Audio/Video link near the top left of the page, and you can choose to follow games for free by clicking the appropriate GameTracker link. Under the Audio/Video banner at the top of that page, you can click on the advertisement for All-Access to purchase the video streaming and radio broadcast of the event.
For $6.95 per month, fans can watch the action inside the Patriot Center while listening to the live radio broadcast. The radio broadcast is also available for all away games. In addition, the radio broadcast is free for students and it also can be heard over the air at 1310 AM.
WGMU, George Mason University’s student-run campus radio station and the flagship station for George Mason men’s and women’s basketball, will have broadcasts of all men’s games and all home women’s game on its web site, wgmuradio.com, free for Mason faculty, staff and students.
To listen to sports broadcasts, go to the web site and click the basketball link; click the link “click here to listen to George Mason basketball”; enter your Mason e-mail username and password; then click proceed.
The basketball link will be active for the basketball broadcasts, which always begin 15 minutes before tip-off. The regular wgmuradio.com streaming link will be inactive during basketball games.
Finally, fans can get the latest updates on the team by calling the Patriot Sports Hotline. This 24-hour service can be accessed by dialing 703-993-4074; updates can be heard typically within an hour of an event’s conclusion.