Big 12 & ESPN to Offer Unparalleled Access and Live Telecast Enhancements Throughout 2023 Phillips 66 Basketball Championships

The Big 12 announced today a series of telecast enhancements the Conference and ESPN will be executing during the Men’s and Women’s 2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships.

Throughout the Championships, ESPN will be granted access to both the locker room and in-game huddles, providing fans with a new degree of “behind-the-scenes” content. ESPN will also have a live studio show throughout the Championships, and SportsCenter will conduct live interviews from Kansas City with Big 12 coaches and student-athletes. Additionally, pre-game and post-game shows will stream on digital channels and Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

College basketball legend Dick Vitale will call the Men’s Championship Game, joined by Kris Budden and Jon Sciambi. Additional ESPN commentators calling the Men’s Championship include Fran Fraschilla, Rich Hollenberg and Chris Spatola. ESPN announcers providing play-by-by and analysis for the Women’s Basketball Championship include Brenda VanLengen, Holly Warlick, Tyler Denning and Andrea Lloyd.

“As a Conference, we want to be leaders in storytelling,” said Commissioner Brett Yormark. “Thanks to our collaboration with ESPN, the Big 12 Basketball Championships will offer fans an unparalleled viewing experience that highlights the talent of the incredible student-athletes that compete in this Conference.”

The Men’s Basketball Championship tips off on Wednesday, March 8th, and concludes on Saturday, March 11th, while the Women’s Championship runs Thursday, March 9th through Sunday, March 12th. Each game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship will air on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN+.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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