Iona basketball to be aired internationally

For those in the United States, games will continue to air on ESPN3 or ESPN+. // Photo courtesy of

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced they will air all men and women’s basketball games internationally after an agreement with SIDEARM Sports, their website provider 

For American viewers, all MAAC basketball are broadcast across the United States on ESPN3 or ESPN+. Now, international viewers can join their American friendsInternational broadcasts will now be streamed on for the 2020-21 season. 

This international broadcasting will help MAAC’s reach in a time when playing in the league is an uncertainty. Many teams in the league, including the Gaels, have had to postpone their fixtures due to outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst their facilities. 

Since the beginning of the season, @MAACHoops has tweeted out schedule changes for women’s and men’s basketball over 10 times each. That’s over 10 times that the schedule has had to be changed due to the impact of COVID-19. 

With a shaky schedule for both sides of the court, the addition of an international broadcast for viewers across the globe brings a sense of community from afar. 

MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor emphasized the excitement of this opportunity. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the conference to reach fans, families, alumni and recruits who are currently overseas,” Ensor said in an interview with “These people deserve to see their friends and families play every night, and this agreement with the MAAC member schools’ ESPN Production staffs and SIDEARM Sports will allow them to do so. It has always been a long-term goal of the MAAC to provide increased access for international markets, and this is the next step in providing content to that market.” 

Men’s basketball aims to continue Wednesday against Niagara. Women’s basketball is set to continue Saturday against Monmouth.