Pitt WBB to Play in 2022 Fort Myers Tip-Off and ACC Early Round Tournament Games to be Shown on ESPN/ACC Network
Pitt women’s basketball will compete in the 2022 Fort Myers Tip-Off this upcoming season, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. They join Maryland, DePaul and Towson to headline the tournament.
Dates for the tournament are not available as of now, but the tournament should take place late November around Thanksgiving time.
The ACC announced that ESPN and the ACC Network will broadcast early round tournament games of women’s basketball and baseball starting next season. ESPN or ESPN 2 will still broadcast the ACC Championship games.
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT! 🚨
Moving forward, all early-round ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament and ACC Baseball Championship games will now be on @accnetwork – while ESPN or ESPN2 will continue to carry the Championship games!
📰⬇️ @SBJ | @SmittySBJ: https://t.co/ARasJLvbOR
— The ACC (@theACC) August 17, 2022
Bally Sports South carried the early round tournament games for the past few years. This created some issues as people could not find the games on TV because their region did not carry Bally Sports South. For instance, the Pittsburgh area carries AT&T SportsNet, which carries some of Bally Sports South programming, but didn’t necessarily carry those early round tournament games.
Sports Business Journal reported that second-year ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips placed high priority in making sure that those early round tournament games were available for a wider audience. Phillips helped to broker a deal between ESPN/Raycom Sports, who own a small part of ACC rights, with Bally Sports to help make the tournaments more accessible to the fans.
“We are thrilled,” Phillips said to SBJ. “This is a significant moment that will enhance these premier events and provide much-needed access to our fans. We appreciate ESPN, Raycom Sports and Bally for mutually agreeing to make this happen.”
The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament takes place Mar. 1-5, 2023 at Greensboro Coliseum, for the sixth consecutive postseason. The ACC Baseball Tournament occurs May 23-28, 2023, but there is no host site as of now.