Bob Socci returns to call Patriot League men's basketball games on CBS Sports Network.
Jan. 11, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The 2013 Patriot League men's basketball race tips off on Saturday, and fans will be able to follow the action all season on both television and the Patriot League All-Access package.
The first weekend features a nationally-televised contest as Holy Cross visits Lehigh at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, and also three games available for free on Patriot League All-Access with Navy at Lafayette and American at Colgate at 2 p.m. and Army at Bucknell at 7 p.m. The Navy/Lafayette contest will also be televised live on RCN-4, RCN-8 and WBPH-60 through the Lafayette Sports Network.
Bob Socci will serve as the Patriot League's play-by-play voice on CBS Sports Network, with 13 men's games televised during the 2013 race including both the semifinals and the championship of the Patriot League Tournament. Socci is returning for his 10th season of broadcasting Patriot League basketball. He recently completed his 16th season handling the play-by-play duties for Navy football.
Socci will be joined on the broadcast team by Chris Spatola, a 2002 West Point graduate who still ranks in the top 20 in Patriot League history in scoring. Spatola served as a graduate assistant coach with the Army men's basketball team for the 2002-03 season before serving his five years in the U.S. Army. Spatola later worked as the Director of Basketball Operations at Duke.
CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) is the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports. The Network covers more than 350 live games annually, showcasing more than 30 men's and women's sports, in addition to a variety of studio shows, documentaries and original programs. CBSSN's live programming is highlighted by college sports and also features professional lacrosse, Professional Bull Riding (PBR), the sports news and commentary show ROME, the weekly studio show NFL Monday QB and the Tim Brando Show. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers on Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 (1643 in HD) and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158.
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The entire Patriot League men's basketball television schedule on CBS Sports Network is available here
All games that are not shown on CBS Sports Network will be available through the Patriot League All-Access package. After the free opening weekend, the Patriot League All-Access package is available for a price of only $7.95 per month, which allows subscribers to see the live action of all available Patriot League basketball games as well as the archived content for past games. The cutting-edge technology takes viewers up close with multi-camera coverage.
This marks the seventh season for Patriot League All-Access, which includes more than 100 men and women's basketball games and a variety of Patriot League Championship events. In addition to Patriot League basketball and Championship coverage, free content is available at All-Access with the news-format video Webcast "Patriot League Roundup" and "Top Plays" produced each week and interviews with head coaches and student-athletes appearing periodically.
Nearly half of the Patriot League contests will be televised in 2013, with 27 games already set for broadcast this season. In addition to the contests on CBS Sports Network, Lehigh, Lafayette, American, Colgate and Holy Cross will all have home games shown on regional outlets. To see a schedule of all the televised Patriot League men's basketball games in 2012-13, go here
The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League's athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.