Cox Sports and ESPN360.com to Simulcast PC Basketball Game

On Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET, Cox Communications customers in New England will have exclusive access to live coverage of the Providence College men’s basketball game against Northeastern. The game will be simulcast on Cox Sports (Cox channel 3) and online via ESPN360.com, ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network.

This is the first time that ESPN360.com has granted exclusive college basketball rights to a specific internet service provider — the online coverage is exclusive to Cox high-speed internet customers. And as with all content airing on Cox Sports, which includes Providence College and University of Rhode Island basketball, only Cox cable customers will be able to watch on television.

There will also be exclusive halftime content from Big East Media Day available only on ESPN360.com, so those watching the game on TV will have to log on to ESPN360.com to view it. Cox Sports interviewed other Big East coaches about this year’s Providence team.

"ESPN360.com gives Cox customers a way to see thousands of live sporting events every year," said David Preschlack, executive vice president, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. "Cox New England wanted to be able to offer this game online to their customers, and we were pleased to have a platform on which to do it."

Cox high-speed internet customers already have free access to ESPN360.com, which offers more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually. For the basketball fan, this means live coverage from the NBA, Euroleague, men’s and women’s NCAA, and international play. The many offerings of ESPN360.com include NCAA football, the FIFA World Cup and other soccer tournaments, Major League and NCAA baseball, and extended coverage of the grand slam events of golf and tennis.

"We are very pleased to be able to provide exclusive coverage of local sports, and ESPN360.com allows our customers to view this particular game via their preferred medium, whether that’s online or on TV," said Doreen Studley, vice president of marketing, Cox Communications New England. "Making ESPN360.com available for free to our high-speed internet customers is just one more way Cox is committed to providing the best entertainment value in New England."

Cox Sports will be the exclusive source for live coverage of 11 Providence College men’s basketball games this season, including the upcoming December 5 game vs. URI and the January 27 match up against UConn.

Cox customers can visit www.cox.com/espn360 from their home computer or a computer served by Cox Business Internet service to learn more and link to the ESPN360.com content.

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