Thursday, February 11, 2016

What to Watch For

It's OPENING DAY, y'all. Cue celebratory GIF.

Division 2 began play several days ago, but for many softball fans, the 'regular season' begins today as Division 1 teams begin play. For those of you who are craving some live softball action and cannot make it out to a game near you, or because there are no games near you, ESPN's family of networks has you covered.

Between the Longhorn Network and the SEC Network online arm, you'll be able to get your softball fix all weekend long.

Tonight, Georgia Southern vs. Mississippi State and Appalachian State vs. Auburn will be shown on SEC Network+ at 6:30 and 7:00 EST, respectively. This is the online arm of the SEC Network - it can only be watched by logging in online through your television service provider and if you have the SEC Network as part of your TV package.

Arkansas vs. Texas will be seen on the Longhorn Network. This game is set to begin at 6:00 pm local time.

The weekend slate expands, with cameras at tournaments hosted by Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, and Auburn. With the first available game beginning at 12 pm Central time on Friday and stretching to the 7:30 CT start of North Florida vs. LSU, a slate of nearly a dozen games to be shown is highlighted by matchups including UCLA vs. Texas A&M; North Carolina vs. North Dakota State; and UNC vs. Texas. These games can be seen via a combination of the SEC Network+ and the Longhorn Network.

Saturday's slate of games on television and online begins with North Dakota State vs. Arkansas at 10 am Central time and continue with more than a dozen games full of live action, ending the day with the 7:30 pm Central time start of Pacific vs. LSU. Another matchup of North Carolina vs. Texas and UCLA vs. Texas A&M highlight the day, as well.

For a full list of upcoming games and times on the ESPN networks, click here.

Outside of the ESPN broadcasts, some teams put together radio broadcasts and live-stream events for their own hosted games, and that is the case for some of the nation's top teams.

The Florida Gators' games in their season-opening tournament at South Florida will be broadcast on the radio and online in the same manner; you can find links to each individual broadcast by clicking here. USF's games vs. South Carolina, Michigan, and Florida will be live streamed but can only be accessed for a fee; if you'd like to take advantage of that opportunity, you can payment information and linkage here.

The University of Arizona is livestreaming each game from the Hillenbrand Invitational this weekend on the PAC-12 Digital Network. Each game will be broadcast here.

Arizona State are livestreaming games they participate in as part of their hosted Kajikawa Classic. That slate includes a matchup against Tennessee, as well as a Utah State team we picked to surprise this year. Viewing info on those games can be found here.

And finally, the UCF Knights host a strong contingent of teams this weekend and are also live streaming games they participate in, though for a fee. Foes include Rutgers, Liberty, Alabama, and James Madison in a clash of top non-Power 5 contenders. The full schedule w/ access to payment information can be found here.