I must admit, I’m not the least bit concerned about the NBA Lockout or the potential of the WNBA not having a season because of the NBA Lockout. In fact, I kind of like it. I was at a local restaurant and there were 4 televisions showing of volleyball. Duke vs North Carolina, USC vs Florida, Michigan vs Michigan State, and the USA in the Pan American games.
Wednesday night is volleyball night. ESPNU, Fox Sports Net, and the Big Ten Network (among other local stations) do a great job broadcasting matches. We as volleyball proponents need to support. Declare Wednesday Night Volleyball (just like Monday Night Football) and take over a local restaurant or sports bar. You will be amazed at how many people actually watch volleyball, know about volleyball, and ask questions as the match progresses. At Winthrop, our staff takes over a local establishment to enjoy some great volleyball on television.
As the season winds down, the volleyball only gets better. Many conferences will have their championships and then the NCAA Tournament. Better volleyball will attract better crowds. Its our duty to continue to spread the volleyball love.
Here is the remaining television schedule:
Sun, Nov 20 4 p.m. BIG EAST championship ESPNU HD
Sun, Nov 20 10:30 p.m. SWAC championship (tape delay) ESPNU HD
Wed, Nov 23 9 p.m. WAC championship ESPNU HD
Fox Sports Net (Pac 12 Network)
Fri., Nov. 4 Oregon State at Arizona 7 p.m. PT
Fri., Nov. 11 Stanford at Washington 7 p.m. PT
Fri./Sat., Nov. 18/19 Wildcard Selection* 7 p.m. (Local Time)
Fri., Nov. 25 California at Stanford 7 p.m. PT
Big Ten Network
Fri., 11/4: PSU at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
Wed., 11/9: MSU at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Sat., 11/12: Iowa at Indiana, 7 p.m. (Delay – Sun., 11/13 – TBD)
Sun., 11/20: Indiana at OSU, 2 p.m. (TBD)