MORGANTOWN — The run made by the WVU males’s basketball crew by way of the Massive 12 this season will mainly be a plus.
As in you’ll must subscribe to ESPN+, the web streaming service that comes at a month-to-month price, to view many of the Mountaineers’ regular-season video games.
The convention launched its 2023-24 schedule Tuesday, together with instances and TV slots. The underside line for WVU: 11 of its 18 Massive 12 video games will solely be streamed on ESPN+, relatively than televised.
WVU’S 2023-24 SCHEDULE/TV/TIMES
That features the primary 9, which constitutes the primary half of the convention schedule, and WVU’s tenth league recreation — at Texas on Feb. 10 — shall be televised by the Longhorn Community, which additionally wants a subscription by way of one’s TV supplier.
WVU’s eleventh Massive 12 recreation — at TCU on Feb. 12 — can also be on ESPN+, which means the Mountaineers don’t play a nationally televised convention recreation till Baylor visits on Feb. 17.
Together with the non-conference schedule, WVU performs a further seven video games on ESPN+, which means 18 of the crew’s 31 video games (58%) will solely be discovered on the streaming service, whereas 12 shall be nationally televised.
The flip facet to WVU’s TV schedule is it begins no Massive 12 weekday street recreation later than 8 p.m., giving the crew a greater alternative to return to Morgantown at a good time.
Up to now, the Mountaineers have performed a number of 9 p.m. weekday street video games, typically not returning to Morgantown till 5 or 6 a.m. the next day.
WVU head coach Josh Eilert shared his views of the schedule, presenting a give-and-take with much less video games being televised.
“I’ve been pleasantly shocked with the instances,” Eilert started. “As a coach, particularly with being an outlier geographically in a convention, you concentrate on getting residence at a good time and may you get the remaining you want?
“The very best time slots are going to be the ESPN+ video games and the worst time slots are going to be the nationwide TV video games. It’s going to be a give-and-take and a pick-your-poison on what you need. Do you need to be on nationwide TV or do you need to get that relaxation?”
The growth of the Massive 12 this season in including BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF additionally provides to the TV dilemma, Eilert mentioned.
“There’s 4 extra faculties, so there’s so much much less time slots,” he mentioned. “Nationally, we’re most likely going to be on ESPN+ much more than we have now previously. Each faculty should be. It’s simply the character of the place it’s going.”
The second half of WVU’s Massive 12 schedule does characteristic six of the 9 video games that shall be televised by both ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The Mountaineers start the season by internet hosting a charity exhibition recreation on Oct. 27 in opposition to George Mason. That recreation, too, will solely be streamed on ESPN+.