ESPNU to Televise US Lacrosse’s Champion Challenge Games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and BALTIMORE – ESPNU and US Lacrosse announced today that the sports network will air the U.S. men’s national team vs. Duke and the U.S. women’s national team vs. Duke games, part of the 2010 Champion Challenge at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The U.S. men’s national team game will air on Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. with an encore presentation on Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. The U.S. women’s national team game will air on Feb. 1 at 12 a.m. with a re-air on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

The fifth annual Champion Challenge will take place Jan. 30 – 31. The event, organized by US Lacrosse and sponsored by Champion Athleticwear, will feature the U.S. men’s and women’s national lacrosse teams as well as Duke University men’s and women’s teams, the United States Military Academy’s men’s team, the University of Notre Dame and University of Florida women’s programs.

“US Lacrosse is dedicated to bringing more lacrosse to television and we’re pleased that ESPNU will air two Team USA games,” said Bill Schoonmaker, US Lacrosse’s chief operating officer. “The U.S. national teams feature the best men’s and women’s lacrosse players in the world and the Duke men’s and women’s teams are two of the best college lacrosse programs in the country. These will be two very exciting match-ups.”

ESPNU recently announced that the network will lead ESPN’s college lacrosse coverage with more games than ever before in 2010, including 40 men’s and women’s regular-season contests combined, in addition to one live game each on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com. The networks will televise 59 games overall, including the two Champion Challenge games, 42 regular-season contests (up from 30 in 2009) and 15 NCAA Tournament games across ESPNU, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN360.com.

US Lacrosse is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, and is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national lacrosse teams. Warrior Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. men’s national teams program. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women’s national teams program.

For more information regarding the event schedule, tickets, youth clinics and to make travel arrangements, please visit http://www.uslacrosse.org/events/champchallenge2010.phtml.

About US Lacrosse

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 62 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.

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About ESPNU

ESPNU launched March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network televises more than 600 live events annually, including college football, college basketball and Olympic sports from more than 25 Division I conferences, as well as premier high school content. The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships.

ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, including live simulcasts of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and replays the best games of the week from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD and online at ESPNU.com. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection, a multi-platform student-generated content initiative, was introduced in August 2007.

ESPNU is available in more than 66 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with nine of the top 10 providers – Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 614), DISH Network (Channel 148), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.

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