The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

National Championship Headquarters

The national championship begins on Friday (FRIDAY), but since I’ll be traveling to the event soonish, this is probably the last post I’ll put up before the competition begins. So, here’s every piece of information you could ever possibly need for nationals.

As last year, all sessions will air on the ESPN family of networks, and the WatchESPN live streams will have a main feed and the dedicated individual event feeds. For television coverage of the second semifinal, after the first hour of competition on ESPNU (the first hour of three……), main coverage will pick up on ESPN, while ESPNU will continue with a four-event feed.

This is ESPN trying to save college gymnastics from itself and issuing a not-so-subtle message that maybe if the competition were two hours (or under), it would be more reasonable and possible to show it on real networks that people watch. The fact that even some of a national semifinal is going live on main ESPN on a Friday night (and live on ESPN2 during the day) is a step up from the years of tape delays and literally nothing, but it would have happened earlier if the competition weren’t so unwieldy. You think ESPN wants to give college gymnastics three hours on a Friday night? I barely want to give it three hours, and I’m me.

Now, let’s just hope Super Six doesn’t get preempted by bowling again… #backtoearth

SEMIFINAL 1 – Friday, April 14 – 1:00 ET/10:00 PT
Oklahoma
Utah
UCLA
Oregon State
Denver
Washington

PREVIEW
LIVE SCORES
LIVE STREAM (ESPN2)
ROTATION ORDER

SCORE SHEET, PROJECTED LINEUPS, REGIONAL SCORES

 

SEMIFINAL 2 – Friday, April 14 – 8:00 ET/5:00 PT
LSU
Florida
Alabama
Michigan
Georgia
Nebraska

PREVIEW
LIVE SCORES
LIVE STREAM (ESPNU/ESPN)
ROTATION ORDER

SCORE SHEET, PROJECTED LINEUPS, REGIONAL SCORES

 

SUPER SIX – Saturday, April 15 – 9:00 ET/6:00 PT

PREVIEW
LIVE SCORES
LIVE STREAM (ESPNU)
ROTATION ORDER

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