MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announces a partnership with NCAA Division II for live ESPN3 coverage of the league’s 2019 men’s and women’s basketball championship games. Both contests will take place on Sunday, Mar. 10th on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Women will tip-off at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the men will play at 4:05 p.m. in the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center.
As part of the NCAA Division II’s media rights package, Niles Media Group will fully produce the SSC men’s and women’s basketball tournament finals and distributed the content on ESPN3. The SSC’s foray into the ESPN family of networks came in March 2015 when ESPN3 carried the league’s basketball tournament championship games.
The Nova Southeastern men and Florida Southern women claimed the 2018-19 SSC regular season championships. It is the first title in program history for the Sharks men’s program, while the Moccasins women’s team won its 14th overall title, and second consecutive.
Nova Southeastern, Florida Southern, and Lynn currently hold the Top-3 positions in the men’s basketball south region rankings, followed by Eckerd at No. 5 and Barry at No. 10. On the women’s side, FSC paces the region, Tampa sits in fifth, and Eckerd ranks sixth. Nova Southeastern and Embry-Riddle also represent the SSC as No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.
About the Sunshine State Conference
Founded in 1975, the Sunshine State Conference has risen from a single sports organization to the Division II “Conference of National Champions.” Since its inception, the conference has shown steady growth in sports played, membership, and national prominence. Member institutions have won a total of 106 NCAA national championships across 12 sports, including men’s soccer and women’s volleyball in the Fall of 2018. During the 2017-18 academic year, SSC schools achieved an NCAA Division II-best 86% Academic Success Rate
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on the ESPN app across mobile and TV-connected devices to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. ESPN3 also is available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones, and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband networks.