When it comes to media exposure, few women's basketball programs can match Notre Dame's combination of television, radio, newspaper, magazine and Internet coverage that extends around the world.
As a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Notre Dame women's basketball games are covered in 15 of the top 50 media markets in the country, including five of the top 10 markets (No. 1 New York, No. 3 Chicago, No. 4 Philadelphia, No. 7 Boston and No. 9 Washington, D.C.), not counting the No. 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, No. 10 Houston, No. 19 Orlando and No. 48 Memphis markets that will be part of the BIG EAST in 2013, when SMU, Houston, UCF and Memphis join the conference (along with Temple). Collectively, these BIG EAST media markets will cover a footprint that includes more than one-third of all television households in the United States.
The past 13 seasons have seen the Fighting Irish enjoy some of the most widespread television coverage of any program in the nation. In fact, Notre Dame has seen nearly half of its games televised since 1999-2000, appearing on TV no less than 227 times in that span (an average of more than 17 TV games per season). That includes 147 Fighting Irish games that have been broadcast on national television (CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, CBS Sports Network), as well as countless others that have aired on FOX Sports and/or Comcast SportsNet regional affiliates.
The Notre Dame women's basketball program also has been a pioneer when it comes to radio coverage. Starting with their first Final Four season in 1996-97, the Fighting Irish have had every one of their games (home and away) broadcast live on commercial radio in the South Bend metropolitan area, with South Bend stations Pulse FM (96.9/92.1) currently holding the rights to all Notre Dame radio broadcasts via their agreement with Notre Dame Sports Properties. The Pulse FM stations (and parent company LeSea Broadcasting) reach a listening area of more than 1.5 million people across Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, not to mention free, live coverage worldwide to hundreds of millions of Fighting Irish fans through the official Notre Dame athletics web site, www.UND.com.
As if that weren't enough, Notre Dame is covered in the print media through a variety of outlets. Locally, the Fighting Irish are one of the featured beats for the South Bend Tribune, which offers daily game previews and recaps, notebook items, features on Notre Dame team members and more, as well as the University's award-winning campus newspaper, The Observer. The Fighting Irish also have been featured prominently in such noted national and regional media outlets as Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, USA Today, ESPN.com, ESPNW.com, CBSSports.com, Associated Press, Yahoo Sports, SLAM Magazine, Basketball Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newark Star-Ledger, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Indianapolis Star, Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Denver Post, Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hartford Courant, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Las Vegas Review-Journal.
In recent years, the Internet has taken over as a major media outlet, and Notre Dame continues to be on the front lines of Internet media coverage. Leading the way is the official Notre Dame athletics web site, www.UND.com, which has consistently been ranked as one of the top five Division I college athletics web sites in the world in terms of site traffic, with an average of more than 35 million page views annually.
UND.com also has been a leader in multimedia coverage of Fighting Irish athletics, with all radio broadcasts carried live to a worldwide audience. In addition, the official Notre Dame athletics web site offers comprehensive video coverage of Fighting Irish women's basketball, with all home games not scheduled for commercial TV broadcast airing live on UND.com. What's more, the site features highlights, feature interviews, behind-the-scenes videos not available anywhere else on the Internet and exclusive coverage of such special events as Notre Dame's 2011 and 2012 NCAA Final Four appearances, the annual team banquets and the program's annual participation in the BIG EAST Championship.
Social media is a growing avenue for coverage of Notre Dame women's basketball. The Fighting Irish offer two separate Twitter accounts (@ndwbb and @ndwbbsid) with the latest news and behind-the-scenes information on Notre Dame women's basketball. The program also has its own Facebook account ("Notre Dame Women's Basketball") and a YouTube Channel ("notredameirishhoops") that has seen nearly a half a million viewers visit in its two years of existence.