Big Monday

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Big Monday
Starring Various personalities (see below)
Country of origin  United States
Running time 2 hours per game
Original channel ESPN (1987-present)
Original release January 5, 1987 – Present

Big Monday is a presentation of Division I college basketball on ESPN. The official name is Big Monday presented by Verizon. Its previous sponsor was Bud Light. It now shows three games every Monday at 7 pm ET and 9 pm ET on ESPN and at 10 pm ET on ESPN2 from the beginning of January until early March. Big Monday also features a halftime report from College GameNight personalities from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. There is also generally a women's game airing at 7 pm ET on ESPN2. Big Monday also has a simulcast on ESPNHD and ESPN2HD respectively.


Since debuting on January 5, 1987, it has broadcast games from numerous conferences, including: the Big East, which had been a Big Monday staple from 1987 until 2013; the Big Ten (1987–1991); the Big Eight (1992–1996); the Big 12 (1997–present); and either the Mountain West or the WAC. The Big East game is primarily at 7 pm ET and the Big 12 game is primarily at 9 pm ET, both on ESPN. The Mountain West or WAC game is almost always on ESPN2 at 10 pm ET or later.

Originally, the Big Ten Conference games were aired in the 9 pm slot, before the Big 8/Big 12 games joined Big Monday in 1992. However, the Big 10 didn't like to start games at 9 pm ET and declined to renew their agreement with ESPN. The Big 8/12 was glad to oblige, though; ESPN commentator Ron Franklin called that decision "the single best thing that ever happened to Big 12 basketball," since it gave the new conference a weekly national showcase that solidified it as one of the best basketball conferences in the country. Big Monday was the first weekly presentation of college basketball on ESPN. Since then ESPN has debuted Super Tuesday, ACC Wednesday (now Wednesday Night Hoops), Throwdown Thursday (now Thursday Night Showcase) and Saturday Primetime.

In 2008, Big Monday featured a triple-header. On ESPN a Big East game would air at 7 pm ET followed by a Big 12 game at 9 pm ET. The third game would feature WCC teams, usually on ESPN2 at 11 pm ET.[1]

Following the dissolution and restructuring of the Big East that a reformed Big East Conference sign a contract with Fox Sports 1, ESPN opted to move the Atlantic Coast Conference to the early time slot for the 2013-14 season.[1]




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