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To tip-off this edition of the mailbag, we want to provide you with a complete guide to ESPN’s exclusive coverage of all 63 games of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, which starts tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET.
First Two Rounds (Saturday-Tuesday): ESPN2 will present 48 games within 12 telecast windows in a whip-around format with “home market protection” starting tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Home market protection provides fans from the home areas of teams that are playing the ability to watch games from start to finish. Fans outside the “home market protection” regions will receive “whip around” coverage, which brings them coverage of the most competitive game being played at that time.
In addition to this, ESPN FULL COURT, our pay-per-view package, will offer complete games as a supplement to ESPN2’s coverage. ESPN3, via WatchESPN, will offer all games in their entirety. To view regional maps of the games that will be offered in specific parts of the country, visit ESPN.com for details. DISH and DIRECTV viewers will also find alternate channel information on the maps.
Remaining Games: The tournament’s final 15 games, beginning with the Regional Semifinals on Saturday, March 30, will have national telecast windows on ESPN and ESPN2. These games will also be available via WatchESPN.
You can read more about ESPN’s tournament coverage and view the complete tournament schedule on ESPN Mediazone.
Now, with Spring officially having arrived, let’s get to some of your baseball-related question:
Will you be using the “K Zone” superimposed strike zone during MLB broadcasts again this season? – Ben
ESPN will be using K Zone again this season, mostly on Monday Night Baseball during select at-bats. Speaking of Monday baseball, ESPN and ESPN2 will be televising four MLB Opening Day games next Monday, April 1. The games will also be available via WatchESPN.
ESPN’s Opening Night will feature the Texas Rangers visiting the Houston Astros on Sunday, March 31, at 8 p.m. on ESPN/WatchESPN. The game marks the Astros’ American League debut, and analyst John Kruk’s debut in the Sunday Night Baseball booth.
When will the Clemente Effect documentary be shown again? – James
The Clemente Effect is currently scheduled to re-air tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. on ESPN Classic. There also will be several re-airs in the coming weeks (see schedule on the left). If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the trailer here.
Will MLB games be shown on ESPN 3D this season? – Randy
While there aren’t any MLB games scheduled to air on ESPN 3D, there are some great events coming up on the ESPN 3D schedule, including tonight’s World Cup qualifying matches featuring Spain vs. Finland (3:40 p.m.) and the U.S. vs. Costa Rica (9:45 p.m.) There will be additional qualifying matches this Tuesday, including France vs. Spain (3:55 p.m.) and the highly-anticipated U.S. vs. Mexico match (10:25 p.m.). In addition to soccer, ESPN 3D also will have live coverage of The Masters starting April 11, at 4:30 p.m. (Entire ESPN 3D schedule)