Tipoff set for 8 p.m. CT Friday live on pay-per-view via iNDEMAND and PPV.COM
College hoops men’s DI powerhouses Gonzaga and Tennessee are set to play in the inaugural Legends of Basketball charity exhibition game broadcasting and streaming live via iNDEMAND and PPV.COM respectively with proceeds benefiting the McLendon Foundation. The 2022-23 collegiate basketball season is almost here and expectations for the two accomplished programs for a national championship run are high. The game is scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 28 at 9PM ET/8 PM CT at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas. Because iNDEMAND is the largest distributor of PPV and on demand programming in North America and is providing exclusive streaming and TV distributor of the matchup, the suggested retail PPV cost of the “Legends of Basketball Classic” is $9.99. The Sports Techie community blog encourages you to stream the game knowing the McLendon Foundation benefits and because this is the first PPV streaming service to offer interactive fan engagement during live-action sports events.
Broadcast and Stream Team
Tom Hudson – play-by-play & host
Dane Bradshaw – game analyst
Fran Fraschilla – game analyst
PPV.COM chat moderator:
Fraschilla is part of the broadcast trio calling Friday’s game, which also includes longtime Gonzaga radio play-by-play voice Tom Hudson and former Tennessee standout and current college basketball analyst Dane Bradshaw. Throughout the game, veteran reporter Andy Katz will host an interactive live chat with viewers exclusively on PPV.COM. Viewers who purchase the event on PPV.COM will also be able to post fan-react videos during the game.
“Not only is this a chance to see two outstanding college basketball teams and Final Four contenders, Gonzaga and Tennessee, early in the year, but the game is also being played for a great cause,” said Fraschilla, longtime college basketball analyst and former head coach who will work the telecast. “This game will recognize many of the incredible contributions that Hall of Fame coach John McLendon has made to the game of basketball and will directly benefit the McLendon Foundation.”
iNDEMAND has rights to the game in the U.S. and Canada via cable, satellite, and telco PPV providers. They will also make the event available worldwide on its streaming service PPV.COM, the first PPV streaming service offering interactive fan engagement during live-action sports events.
Customers can also order the event on TV through their cable, satellite, or telco providers, including Xfinity, Spectrum, DirecTV, Contour, Dish, Verizon Fios, Altice, and other leading providers.
The suggested retail price is $9.99 on all PPV platforms.
HOW TO WATCH ‘LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL CLASSIC’ ON PPV
FRIDAY, OCT. 28 AT 9 PM ET/ 8 PM CT
Online/Streaming: PPV.COM (no subscription needed)
TV: Available to order through major cable & satellite systems, including Xfinity,
Spectrum, Contour, DIRECTV (channel 118), Dish (channel 461), Verizon Fios, Altice and others
In Knoxville: Xfinity channel 1201, Spectrum channel 2100
In Nashville: Xfinity channel 1201, Spectrum channel 2100
In Chattanooga: Xfinity channel 1201, Spectrum channel 2100
In Memphis: Xfinity channel 1201, Spectrum channel 2100
In Spokane: Xfinity channel 1201
In Seattle: Xfinity channel 1201
Gonzaga University Bulldogs returns All-American and Player of the Year candidate Drew Timme along with a bevy of contributors, including starters Rasir Bolton and Julian Strawther, from last season’s team that went 28-4 and spent nine weeks at No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. The AP preseason poll released on Oct. 17 has the Bulldogs ranked 2nd in the nation.
Zags top returning scorers:
Drew Timme – F – 18.4
Julian Strawther – G- 11.8
Rasir Bolton – G- 11.2
Tennessee Volunteers returns four of its top-five scorers from last season’s team that finished 27-8 overall, won the SEC Tournament and made a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The AP preseason poll released on Oct. 17 has the Volunteers ranked No. 11 in the country.
Volunteers top returning scorers:
Santiago Vescovi – G – 13.3
Josiah-Jordan James – G – 10.3
Oliver Nkamhoua – F – 8.6
The McLendon Foundation was established in 1999 by National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) to honor the legacy of Hall of Fame coach John McLendon who was a pioneer in the field of athletics, the game of basketball, and the civil rights arena. The McLendon Foundation’s mission is to empower and develop minorities who aspire to be principled leaders in athletics administration by providing educational resources and access to a life-long community of mentors. All organizational planning for the Foundation directly aligns with the values of Coach McLendon: Integrity, Education, Leadership and Mentorship. More information can be found at www.minorityleaders.org.
Sports Techie, another new Legends of Basketball Showcase quadruple doubleheader presented by the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and Intersport is set for December 17, 2022 in Chicago at the United Center. The four-game set features the Northern Iowa Panthers taking on the Towson University Tigers, while the Tulane Green Wave play the George Mason Patriots in the two afternoon games. In the evening session, the Dayton Flyers play the Wyoming Cowboys followed by the NC State Wolfpack battling the Vanderbilt Commodores.
For all you college basketball fans across the nation and around the globe, the Zags vs Vols should be a diaper dandy and for $9.99, thanks to iNDEMAND and PPV.COM, proceeds benefit the McLendon Foundation.
Let Katz know I sent you in the live web based chat during the game!
See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!
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