ECAC Hockey and ESPN Reach Multi-Year Deal to Make ESPN+ Home for Men’s and Women’s Games

ECAC Hockey and ESPN Reach Multi-Year Deal to Make ESPN+ Home for Men’s and Women’s Games

More than 350 ECAC Hockey games will now be streamed live on ESPN+

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced a multi-year deal with ESPN to showcase nearly 180 additional men’s and women’s games on ESPN+, a premium direct-to-consumer video service, beginning in the 2018-19 season. The agreement features all regular and post-season home games for ECAC Hockey members Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, St. Lawrence, and Union. Fans who subscribe to ESPN+ will also have the opportunity to watch home games of six other ECAC Hockey members, per ESPN’s previously announced deal with the Ivy League, resulting in more than 350 games each season.

RPI men’s and women’s home hockey games will continue to be available to fans on YouTube via RPI TV. 

“We are thrilled to announce this new opportunity with ESPN+,” said ECAC Hockey Commissioner Steve Hagwell. “This agreement increases our exposure and brand recognition, while providing our fans a single streaming service via which they can follow their favorite teams throughout the season.”

This collaboration will allow ECAC Hockey fans to watch hundreds of regular-season contests, as well as every tournament game on the same service, via the ESPN App, essentially providing a “one-stop shop” for all league contests. In April of 2018, the Ivy League, which includes ECAC Hockey members Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, announced a 10-year partnership with ESPN which includes the streaming of ice hockey games. 

Along with the ECAC Hockey content, fans will also gain access to a variety of live events through ESPN+, including MLB, NHL, and MLS games, additional college sports, professional tennis, golf, boxing, rugby, and more. The $4.99 monthly cost will also give subscribers access to additional ESPN programming, including highlights, fantasy shows, the entire 30 for 30 library, and more.

“For 25 years, ESPN has been the home of the Frozen Four, including carrying every game of the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship for more than a decade,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president of programming and scheduling. “This new agreement with the ECAC, along with other existing deals, makes ESPN+ home to the most extensive regular season college hockey coverage in the company’s history. We are thrilled to further serve the sport.”

ABOUT ECAC HOCKEY

Established in 1961-62, ECAC Hockey is home to elite student-athletes from 12 of the nation’s most prestigious institutions: Brown University, Clarkson University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, Union College and Yale University.

ABOUT ESPN+

ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. Programming on ESPN+ includes thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, , exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic soccer, rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also be available through ESPN.com.

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