SCHOOL-RECORD 49 DIAMOND DAWG GAMES TO BE TELEVISED IN 2016
STARKVILLE, Miss. – For a second-consecutive year, the No. 11 Mississippi State baseball team will set a school-record for games televised.Of the Diamond Dawgs’ 56 regular-season games this spring, 49 will be televised thanks in large part to the growing popularity of ESPN’s SEC Network. Ten of those games will be broadcast live on national television via ESPN2, ESPNU and the SEC Network, while 37 more games will be televised on SEC Network +. Road games at Southern Cal (March 5) and Troy (May 11) will be streamed live on the home team’s website.
The first chance to catch the Maroon and White on network television will be Friday, March 18, when the Bulldogs open SEC play at No. 3 Vanderbilt on the SEC Network. The contest is part of SEC Network’s Bases Loaded special, which will feature a live compilation of all seven conference openers taking place that evening. State’s SEC lid-lifter will air in its entirety on SEC Network +.
Fans can see the Diamond Dawgs on the SEC Network an additional six times this spring: game two at Vanderbilt (March 19), at No. 1 Florida (April 10), vs. Ole Miss in Pearl, Mississippi (April 26), at home versus No. 15 Missouri (May 5), at Auburn (May 14) and the regular-season finale against No. 24 Arkansas (May 21).
Other MSU matchups on the ESPN family of networks include battles at No. 5 LSU on ESPNU (April 23) and ESPN2 (April 24), as well as games on ESPNU at Alabama (April 28) and at home against Missouri (May 6).
Opening Day Feb. 19 against Florida Atlantic will be streamed live on SEC Network + at 4:30 p.m. CT from Dudy Noble Field. Of MSU’s 34 games at Dudy Noble Field, 28 will be televised on SEC Network +.
John Cohen’s club may also end up on national television three additional times in the regular season thanks to the SEC’s wildcard selections, which allows the SEC Network and ESPNU the opportunity to determine the best television matchup at a later date. Those games are April 29 at Alabama, May 13 at Auburn and May 19 at home versus Arkansas. The Arkansas game is the only one eligible to be picked up by ESPNU.
The Bulldogs could also find themselves on national television for the 2016 SEC Tournament, which takes place May 24-29 in Hoover, Alabama. With the exception of the championship game May 29 (ESPN2), every game of the tournament will be broadcast live on the SEC Network.