CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern baseball's home game against UNC Asheville will be featured on ESPN+ as announced by the Big South Conference on Thursday afternoon.
The CSU baseball game against the Bulldogs will be one of 13 exclusive live events the conference will feature on ESPN's new service.
ESPN's new ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer premium subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer and International group, in partnership with ESPN. ESPN+ is an integrated part of a completely redesigned and re-imagined ESPN App that is the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans -- all for a subscription price of $4.99 per month (or $49.99/year). ESPN+ is available through ESPN.com.
"The Big South is excited to work with ESPN in providing compelling content to ESPN+," said Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander. "Whether it was ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, or now ESPN+, the Big South has always believed in being an 'early adopter' of the Worldwide Leaders' latest technologies. This presence on ESPN+ is a great way to promote talented Big South student-athletes."
The Big South's first event on ESPN+ will be the April 14 Winthrop at Liberty women's lacrosse match. In addition, a second women's lacrosse contest will receive coverage, in addition to three games on Day Two of the Big South Softball Championship, plus eight total baseball games. The Big South's ESPN+ schedule is as follows
April 14 – Winthrop at Liberty, 3 p.m.
April 18 – High Point at Winthrop, 7 p.m.
May 10 – Softball Championship Day 2 (three games – at Radford)
April 17 – Virginia Tech at Radford, 6 p.m.
May 2 – Virginia Tech at Liberty, 6 p.m.
May 12 – High Point at UNC Asheville, 3 p.m.
May 19 – UNC Asheville at Charleston Southern, 2 p.m.
May 23 – Baseball Championship Day 2 (four games – at Liberty)
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