College basketball was first televised during the "experimental" era of television's broadcasting history , when W2XBS broadcast a men's basketball doubleheader from Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 28, The game is widely cited as a catalyst for the explosion and expansion of the televised college basketball landscape.
Networks[ edit ] In addition, some regional syndicators broadcast games on over the air television.
Most notably, Raycom Sports syndicate their games to broadcast stations. In , Sinclair Broadcasting launched a new syndication programming service, the American Sports Network , to syndicate basketball games in various areas of the country, including a few NCAA Division II games beginning in The format allowed Raycom to control the games and sell the advertising.
The Pac and Big 12 have had deals with Fox Sports since , which airs games on its regional family of networks.
In , the Big Ten conference was the first to establish its own television network, the Big Ten Network. The Pac Networks debuted in This network will replace the games currently broadcast by Raycom Sports. Texas has their own deal which created the Longhorn Network in fall of College basketball has been a staple for nearly the whole history of ESPN.
Scotty Connal, then-vice president of the all-sports network in Bristol, Conn.