Thursday, April 05, 2018


I had to send out an email to clear up a couple of things about the Ivy League's new ESPN+ TV package. Here are a few things I learned:

• The Ivy League Network will be gone, replaced by ESPN+. It will cost $4.99 a month to stream (via the Internet) every Ivy League conference game and home game, along with all of the conference's men's and women's basketball games (as well as all the other sports currently carried by Dartmouth's Ivy Network channel). Production will continue to be handled by the host schools.

• There will be 24 Ivy League contests carried on the ESPN "linear" channels. The term linear refers to the ESPN lineup you currently get on your TV.

According to The Ringer, ESPN+ – which is slated to kick off next week – also will provide:
 • One MLB game every day during baseball season.
 • One NHL game every day during hockey season.
 • A “selection of exclusive main event” boxing fights, and more undercard fights.
 • Every out-of-market MLS game (subject to blackouts) and local-market Chicago Fire games.
 • College sports from these conferences: “America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC, and many more.”
 • PGA Tour coverage including Thursday, Friday, and “some” Saturday and Sunday play.
 • Grand Slam tennis coverage that’s billed as a “complement” for tennis fans.
 • Rugby and cricket coverage.
We are heading off to Logan Airport in minutes to deliver That Certain Dartmouth '14 for her flight to Phoenix and return to Grand Canyon. She begins her stint as a ranger at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska next week.

This goodbye figures to be particularly difficult for all of us because our house – her childhood home – is now under contract. The next time she makes it back east someone else will be living here and we'll be elsewhere in the Upper Valley.