ESPN Player to bring NCAA basketball abroad

Michelle Clancy | 12-11-2013

With the NCAA College Basketball season now underway, ESPN Player has expanded access for basketball fans across the UK, Europe and the Middle East to live and on-demand coverage on PCs, tablets and Samsung connected TVs.

ESPN Player will showcase the competition's most important matches, and has exclusive online rights to broadcast the NCAA Tournament, also known as March Madness. With 30 or more games available each week during the regular season and coverage of Championship Week, ESPN Player offers fans the opportunity to watch live and on-demand.

The players in college action this year are being touted as one of the most talented set of future NBA stars since the "class of 2003," which saw the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade all drafted in the top five. The favourite to be next year's No 1 NBA draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, is on show for Kansas.

Among the many top players playing this season are England's Gabriel Olesani (University of Iowa), Lee Goldsbrough (Providence College), Aaron Geramipoor (Seton Hall University) and Alexander Scotland-Williamson (University of Alabama Birmingham), Nigeria's Talib Zanna (Pittsburgh), Canada's Nik Stauskas (University of Michigan) and Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Germany's Christian Standhardinger (University of Hawaii), Australia's Anthony Drmic (Boise State University) and many more.

ESPN's College Pass on ESPN Player meanwhile already gives American collegiate sports fans access to all of the NCAA basketball coverage, as well as NCAA football, lacrosse, baseball, ice hockey and more. The broadband service also allows users to pause and rewind on-demand events, allowing them to scroll to any part of the game they might have missed, review great plays with the ten-second rewind button, or return to the start of the game.