Skip to comments.ESPN to Televise Hoops Game from Deck of U.S. Aircraft Carrier
Posted on 05/16/2011 4:48:01 PM PDT by Gumlegs
ESPN has reached an agreement with the Morale Entertainment Foundation to televise Michigan State vs. North Carolina in the Carrier Classic 11-11-11, the first men's college basketball game to be played on the deck of a United States military aircraft carrier, on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. ET. The United States military ship to host the unique Veteran's Day event honoring the men and women in the armed forces is to be determined but will be positioned in the San Diego harbor.
As part of the telecast, ESPN will televise a special halftime entertainment show and post-game concert organized by Morale Entertainment Foundation. Specific coverage plans for the Carrier Classic 11-11-11, featuring a rematch of the 2009 National Championship won by North Carolina, are being finalized. A basketball court with seating for approximately 7,000 fans will be constructed on the flight deck. The game will be played below the flight deck in the event of rain. Tickets will not be for sale.
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I play basketball years ago in a missile tracking ship in rough seas... that would make this game even more fun to watch. Though on a CVN, I doubt it would be as profound. (no dunking at the waist.)
The carrier will be securely in port, so rough seas won’t be a factor.
Are they laying wood down on the deck, or are they going to play it on the non-skid?
Doing pick up basketball on the non-skid is one thing, but a major NCAA game is another.
I think this is a great idea.
“Call the ball”.
Of course, I'd hate to try playing basketball at all.
I beleive ESPN will also broadcast the post-game concert. The artists aren't quite settled yet, but there is talk of Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift. Again, that's not firm.
In case anyone is wondering, funds derived from this event will support, among others, The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Socity, The San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Wounded Warriors Project, and the work of the Morale Entertainment Foundation. MEF sends artists, football coaches, Indianapolis race car drivers, and astronauts to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the carrier in the Gulf to entertain the troops.
Their website is: http://www.moraleentertainment.org/
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Just trying to be clear.
Good luck in the game, by the way.
Yep! But Sparty is a true patriot and appears at basketball games too. Couldn’t find a pic on the court with the flag.
Excellent! Make sure magslinger pings the list the week before the event.
Which list, MIping or Navair?
Navair, or both!
No worries! Love my Spartans through and through. Most Spartan alums have known about this for a while now. It was announced a few months ago.
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