Big Monday
StarringVarious personalities (see below)
Country of originUnited States
Running time2 hours per game
Original networkESPN (1987-present)
ESPN2 (2006-present) if conflict with Monday Night Football
Original releaseJanuary 5, 1987 (1987-01-05) –

Big Monday is a presentation of Division I college basketball on ESPN.


Since debuting on January 5, 1987, it has broadcast games from numerous conferences, including: the Big East, which had been a Big Monday staple from 1987 until 2013; the Big Ten (1987–1991); the Big Eight (1992–1996); the Big 12 (1997–present); and either the Mountain West or the WAC.

Originally, the Big Ten Conference games were aired in the 9 pm slot, before the Big 8/Big 12 games joined Big Monday in 1992. However, the Big 10 didn't like to start games at 9 pm ET and declined to renew their agreement with ESPN. The Big 8/12 was glad to oblige, though; ESPN commentator Ron Franklin called that decision "the single best thing that ever happened to Big 12 basketball," since it gave the new conference a weekly national showcase that solidified it as one of the best basketball conferences in the country. Big Monday was the first weekly presentation of college basketball on ESPN. Since then ESPN has debuted Super Tuesday, ACC Wednesday (now Wednesday Night Hoops), Throwdown Thursday (now Thursday Night Showcase) and Saturday Primetime.

Early in its existence, the Big West was the nightcap, often featuring powerhouse UNLV teams of the late 1980s/early 1990s. All three conferences had 'BIG' in it.

In 2008, Big Monday featured a triple-header. On ESPN a Big East game would air at 7 pm ET followed by a Big 12 game at 9 pm ET. The third game would feature WCC teams, usually on ESPN2 at 11 pm ET.[1][permanent dead link]

Following the restructuring of the Big East that a reformed Big East Conference sign a contract with Fox Sports 1, ESPN opted to move the Atlantic Coast Conference to the early time slot for the 2013-14 season.[1]

The ACC game is primarily at 7 pm ET and the Big 12 game is primarily at 9 pm ET, both on ESPN. The Mountain West or WAC game is almost always on ESPN2 at 10 pm ET or later.




See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-08. Retrieved 2013-08-08.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)