Athletes Unlimited has revealed the broadcast partners and schedule for its upcoming 2022 basketball and volleyball seasons.
In addition to teaming up with CBS Sports Network and FOX Sports for the second year in a row, Athletes Unlimited is partnering with Bally Sports for the first time, airing games on their regional sports networks. The television and streaming schedule will include more than 150 hours of live coverage of the basketball and volleyball seasons.
“We are thrilled to be bringing fans 30 basketball games and 30 volleyball matches on national TV and digital channels in 2022,” Athletes Unlimited CEO Jon Patricof as part of Thursday’s announcement. “All games will be available without a separate subscription, ensuring fans will have access to the games from wherever they are located. I want to thank CBS Sports and FOX Sports for their continued support of Athletes Unlimited and welcome Bally Sports as a new partner for live game distribution.”
Bally Sports will broadcast eight basketball games and four volleyball matches during the upcoming seasons. The games will air before or after NHL or NBA games in an effort to build a lead-in audience for the broadcasts.
“We are excited to offer Athletes Unlimited professional women’s basketball and volleyball events to viewers across the country on our family of Bally Sports RSNs,” said Tim Ivy, VP of Programming at Bally Sports. “As the regional home of 42 MLB, NBA and NHL teams, Athletes Unlimited games will be a great complement to our existing programming lineup.”
CBS Sports will televise three basketball games and seven volleyball matches, while FOX Sports will broadcast 14 basketball games and 12 volleyball matches on FS2.
Athletes Unlimited will air five basketball games and seven volleyball matches across their YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Kevin Barnett will return as play-by-play commentator and Salima Rockwell as color analyst for the 2022 AU volleyball season. For the first season of AU basketball, the broadcast will include color commentary from Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes and former WNBA head coach Carol Ross. Cindy Brunson will handle play-by-play.
The basketball season tips off on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on AU’s digital channels. A second game will air on CBS Sports Network that same day at 11 p.m. ET. Volleyball returns for its second season in March.