UAB basketball will have 12 televised/streamed games with two more expected to be picked up. The neutral site game versus Saint Mary’s in Las Vegas and the away game in Austin versus Texas have not announced their coverage at this time. Due to the high profile of those games, we expect them to be added to a network’s coverage.
beIN SPORTS / ESPN3 (WatchESPN) / CUSA TV
There’s a good chance some of you (UAB followers) may be unfamiliar with beIN SPORTS given the fact we haven’t had UAB football games to watch this season. UAB will have one home and one away game televised/streamed via the beIN network this season.
The home game against Auburn is the higher profile of the two, so if you’re not planning to attend the game in Birmingham, I’d check to see if you get, or can get, the beIN channel. It’s not certain at this time, but there is a chance beIN will stream the game via the link below or through Facebook, which they’ve done for a few of the Conference USA football games this season.
Like beIN, CUSA TV is a new option that many may not be familiar with. I personally have not had a need to use the site yet, but I’ve heard mixed reviews of it’s coverage of football due to it’s awkward camera angles. Fortunately, basketball should be easier to produce resulting in a better product.
For many years I was a user of the CUSA Digital Network, which gave fans the ability to watch their team play on the road via the school’s in-house video production, or in some cases via the direct jumbo-tron feed.
Currently there is only one UAB game listed under Men’s Basketball on Conference USA TV’s site–the away game at UTEP. This game will also be aired via the CBS Sports Network.
For comparison, every Conference USA away game of UAB’s was streamed via the CUSA Digital Network last season (unless televised). Keep in mind, it required a paid subscription to access the games, but they were available nonetheless. I’m expecting comparable coverage at a minimum via CUSA TV this coming season.
ESPN3 or WatchESPN has been around for some time and most are familiar with the service. Keep in mind ESPN will black out the game for some due to regional coverage. We’ll keep an eye on that and update all as the games draw closer.