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NCAA Championships Return To ESPN With New Look, Jam-Packed Schedule

ESPN Creative Studio unveils NCAA Championship graphics look debuting this weekend; here's a preview

Some 425 days after the last time an NCAA Championship trophy was hoisted, the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships are the first out of the blocks today on ESPN3. ESPN, currently the broadcast home to 28 NCAA Championships, is set to spotlight a plethora of postseason play, with 26 NCAA Championships slated for coverage across ESPN networks over the next three months. Every championship event is also available internationally.

“After a year without NCAA Championship competitions on our networks, I think I can speak for all of us at ESPN when I say we couldn’t be more excited to welcome back the NCAA postseason as it returns to our comprehensive college sports coverage,” said Dan Margulis, ESPN senior director, Programming & Acquisitions. “Our commitment to women’s and men’s collegiate athletics is unmatched, and while nearly two dozen NCAA Championships over three-and-a-half months is a herculean task, I can’t think of a team more up to the challenge than our college sports crew at ESPN.”

With a creative refresh to ESPN’s college sports coverage earlier this year thanks to the “Willy Wonkas of Graphics,” the graphics gurus on the ESPN Creative Studio team brought their best to crown collegiate athletics’ best, with a brand new NCAA Championship look debuting this weekend.

“With the return of NCAA Championship season, we evolved the look beyond the regular season style to encompass the motif of competition and prestige through a cobrand logo, color scheme, and inclusion of the NCAA Championship sports banners,” said Thomas Maloney, associate art director for ESPN Creative Studio. “This results in our viewers experiencing a refreshed look that elevates the package they already know.”

Division I Indoor Track & Field is one of just six NCAA Championships starting up over the next 10 days across ESPN networks, taking the collegiate championship calendar through the College World Series at the end of June.

CHAMPIONSHIPCOVERAGE DATES
Indoor Track and FieldMarch 11-13
Cross CountryMarch 15
Women's Swimming and DivingMarch 17-20
Women's Ice HockeyMarch 18-20
WrestlingMarch 18-20
Women’s BasketballMarch 21 – April 4
Men's Swimming and DivingMarch 24-27
FencingMarch 26-28
Men's HockeyMarch 26 – April 10
Bowling April 10

Gymnastics April 16-17
Women's Volleyball April 18-24

FCS FootballMay 5-16
Beach VolleyballMay 7-9
Men's VolleyballMay 8
Women's SoccerMay 13-17
Men's SoccerMay 14-17
LacrosseMay 15-31
SoftballJune 3-9
Outdoor Track and FieldJune 9-12
BaseballJune 19-30
Softball will be among the 26 NCAA Championships to be decided on ESPN platforms in the coming months. (Joshua Gateley/ESPN Images)
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