ESPN has been committed to televising a wide variety of NCAA events and championships since its 1979 inception, including the College World Series. The 2016 CWS marks the 37th consecutive year that ESPN has televised the event and the 14th year it will cover every game from the CWS.
Over the years, the CWS on ESPN has featured many players who went on to play Major League Baseball, including Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina, Rafael Palmeiro and Joba Chamberlain. During ESPN’s 1982 coverage, the University of Miami executed a hidden ball trick (now known as the “Grand Illusion”) against Wichita State in a 4-3 victory that propelled them on to the College World Series title that year.
This year also will mark a first for ESPN and the CWS — Baseball Tonight will travel to Omaha (June 23-24 at 7 p.m. ET) to provide extensive, live analysis from the event. The show will feature host Adnan Virk, analysts Buster Olney and Keith Law, alongside CWS game analysts who have personal CWS experience.
ESPN’s 2016 CWS coverage began last Saturday, June 18, and will conclude on June 28 or 29* (*Game 3 if necessary).