Thursday, February 06, 2014
MACON, Ga. – A lineup of Atlantic Sun Conference baseball and softball games, including the A-Sun Championship final for both, has been added to the conference’s spring schedule of original content available on ESPN3.
A total of 13 games (eight softball, five baseball) are scheduled with an additional two “if necessary” games also to be available. All of the regular season contests will originate from the campus of USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, one of the first A-Sun institutions to begin providing original content for ESPN3 as part of the conference’s on-campus video production initiative that began in 2012.
“This is another major step as we expand the national distribution of A-Sun content through our thriving relationship with ESPN,” said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “Expanding into regular season softball and baseball is the next step to compliment the great steps we've taken in basketball production, and we look forward to sharing more sports and more teams as we promote the outstanding student-athletes and institutions in the A-Sun. The A-Sun continues its role as a leader in direct delivery of campus produced digital content and we sincerely appreciate ESPN’s commitment to our conference-wide campus production initiative. Congratulations and thanks to USC Upstate and Director of Athletics Lee Fowler for more trailblazing expansion of their campus production initiative. We anticipate much continued expansion for all A-Sun members moving forward.”
"We are thrilled to help lead the A-Sun's initiative on expanding its offerings on ESPN3,” said Lee Fowler, USC Upstate Director of Athletics. “Being able to offer baseball and softball is exciting for us. It is a great opportunity for us to showcase both programs on the live multi-screen sports network. I am proud of the efforts of our video operation here on campus to put us in a position where we can now offer ESPN3 programming at a high level throughout the entire athletic year."
In its second year of providing original content for ESPN3, USC Upstate now becomes a trailblazer in the flourishing initiative as it is the first to expand its coverage capabilities to outdoor events. Lipscomb University is also in its second year of providing on-campus productions, while Kennesaw State University and Florida Gulf Coast University are midway through their first year.
With the expanded schedule to include baseball and softball, a total of 152 regular season and championship events featuring A-Sun teams will have been available on ESPN networks by the end of May 2014.
As the A-Sun’s relationship with ESPN continues to flourish, particularly with the conference’s role as a leader in on-campus productions, this season’s total is a significant increase from the 22 productions the A-Sun provided via its ESPN3 on-campus initiative last season. The A-Sun was the first to adopt the conference-wide on-campus production model, and the commitment to the initiative has resulted in a 300 percent increase in television-caliber live productions since 2011.
The A-Sun softball and baseball lineup on ESPN3 is listed below.
The Atlantic Sun and ESPN have a long-standing relationship that first began with the airing of the conference’s tournament title game back in 1989. For the fifth season, all of the conference’s CSS/A-Sun Friday Night Game of the Week contests will be available on the ESPN Full Court package and on ESPN3.
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ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku. The network is currently available to more than 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive a high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun footprint reaches into seven of the top media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.