by Eddie Goldman
If you have tried to watch college wrestling on television this season, you know it can sometimes become an adventure, and a frustrating and discouraging one at that. College wrestling is usually stuck on a myriad of relatively obscure networks so small that they do not even subscribe to the Nielsen ratings to get independently verified audience measurements. If you are stuck with a cable company like mine, Time Warner Cable in New York, you have experienced numerous channel outages, frequent freezing of the picture, and sometimes even a loss of signal in key parts of the telecasts. (The online showings are often just as unreliable and sometimes even more so.) One prominent college coach told me that after an exciting major dual meet this season, he was told by many of his team’s fans that the telecast was unwatchable. Such is the result of a small product like college wrestling being held captive by such widely despised monopolies.
For three glorious days this coming week, this will all hopefully change. The 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships run from Thursday, March 19, through Saturday, March 21, in St. Louis’s Scottrade Center, and in the U.S., powerhouse telecaster ESPN is slated to show all the action — everything.
The finals Saturday night, along with the often epic semifinals Friday night, will both be shown live in prime time on ESPN. The other four sessions will be shown live on their college sports-oriented network, ESPNU.
In addition, all the action will be available live online on ESPN3, which will offer a multi-mat, simultaneous viewing format showing up to four different mats at one time. And both the TV and ESPN3 content will be available on their WatchESPN app.
Here is the TV schedule, with all times EDT:
2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship Television Schedule
Date Time Session Network
Thursday, March 19
Friday, March 20
Saturday, March 21
(Eddie Goldman is host and producer of the No Holds Barred podcast, at EddieGoldman.com.)