The Patriot League's affiliation with CBS Sports Network has been a boon for college lacrosse fans: While ESPN and regional providers provide a significant amount of the lacrosse that fans consume through their furniture that shows moving pictures, the nascent CBS Sports Network -- the network has only existed in its current form since April 2011 -- has provided Earth with another platform to consume the spring's second best sport (trailing only "making barbeque and grilling"). The depth of the Patriot League -- a nine-team Rube Goldberg machine -- has erased the myopic nature of a league-specific broadcast contract, further strengthening the broadcast quality and diversity of CBS Sports Network's relationship with the country's largest league.
That fact may come into refined focus in 2015: The Patriot League and CBS Sports Network have inked a deal to broadcast nine men's lacrosse games this coming spring, a two-game increase from the seven-game minimum that CBS Sports Network was contractually required to televise in 2015. Here's how the schedule shakes out:
|Saturday, March 28, 2015||Boston University||Navy||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium||12:00 P.M.|
|Colgate||Loyola||Ridley Athletic Complex||2:30 P.M.|
|Saturday, April 11, 2015||Army||Navy||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium||1:00 P.M.|
|Friday, April 17, 2015||Colgate||Army||Michie Stadium||7:00 P.M.|
|Friday, April 24, 2015||TBA||TBA||Patriot League Tournament Semifinal #1 (Highest Tournament Seed)||4:30 P.M.|
|TBA||TBA||Patriot League Tournament Semifinal #1 (Highest Tournament Seed)||7:30 P.M.|
|Sunday, April 26, 2015||TBA||TBA||Patriot League Tournament Championship (Highest Tournament Seed)||1:00 P.M.|
|Saturday, May 2, 2015||Notre Dame||Army||Michie Stadium||1:00 P.M.|
|Syracuse||Colgate||Andy Kerr Stadium||3:30 P.M.|
Those are some solid broadcasts. CBS Sports Network will broadcast doubleheaders on three dates, including a potentially important block of programming on the day before Selection Sunday featuring Notre Dame, Army, Syracuse, and Colgate.
In terms of frequency of guaranteed league member appearances, Army and Colgate top the list with three appearances, Navy slides in with two, and Loyola and Boston University will each appear once during the network's regular season broadcasts. It's somewhat surprising that Bucknell and Lehigh aren't featured at all in the league's broadcast schedule given the ceilings of those teams, but there's a reasonable likelihood that both teams could make an appearance in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals, allowing both programs the opportunity to have a televised throwdown.