Thursday, August 15, 2013
MACON, Ga. –The Atlantic Sun Conference continues to expand its digital presence in multiple sports as a total of 16 regular season volleyball matches have been added to its growing list of original content provided via its relationship with ESPN.
Beginning Sept. 6, the expanded schedule to be televised on ESPN3 includes a myriad of conference and nonconference matches. Through its relationship with the multi-screen sports network, the A-Sun continues to enhance its role as a leader in on-campus production. 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 16-match schedule also rivals that of any of the NCAA’s 31 Division I conferences.
“The strong and growing relationship between ESPN and the A-Sun lets us be a leader in direct delivery of campus produced digital content,” said Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “Last season we had a record number of live events televised on ESPN including growing exposure in volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. We are very proud to provide the well-deserved exposure for our talented student-athletes, their teams and the A-Sun institutions. We appreciate ESPN’s commitment to our conference-wide campus production initiative, and we look forward to launching live broadcasts this year from Kennesaw State and Florida Gulf Coast, joining Lipscomb and USC Upstate as ESPN production partners. The A-Sun remains a leader in campus production technology and we anticipate much continued success moving forward.”
Last season the A-Sun’s volleyball semi-finals and championship were available on ESPN3 live from Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. Lipscomb became the first A-Sun member to provide original on-campus programming for the network in November of 2012, producing a total of 15 events that included volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. Of the 16 matches this season, Lipscomb is currently confirmed to host five with two pending.
USC Upstate also produced a total of 15 events in 2012-13, beginning its on-campus production in January of 2013 with men’s and women’s basketball. The Spartans host eight matches that are confirmed for 2013, six of which are A-Sun matches that includes a Sept. 26 visit from defending A-Sun Champ East Tennessee State.
The newest member to join the video initiative, Kennesaw State, will have production capabilities by the end of September. FGCU is expected to be ready by November for the beginning of basketball season. KSU’s confirmed production schedule includes hosting A-Sun matches with Jacksonville, Stetson and Lipscomb with one other conference match pending.
“We look forward to expanding our relationship with the Atlantic Sun Conference, which recognizes the value of collaborating with a multi-screen sports network like ESPN3,” said Jason Bernstein, senior director, programming and acquisitions, ESPN. “The ability to work together to deliver exclusive collegiate live events across digital platforms to a national audience serves fans with events that might otherwise not have been shown on television.”
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.
Live events from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater are available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox LIVE to Gold members at no additional cost to fans who receive their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision or Cox Communications.
Access to live programming on ESPN3 online at WatchESPN.com and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members is also available at no additional cost to fans that receive their Internet subscription from an affiliated provider. A complete list of participating providers is available at WatchESPN.com.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV. It is 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 on-campus educational and on-base military networks.
Launched in April 2011, WatchESPN delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV. It is currently accessible in 55 million households nationwide to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter or AT&T U-verse (coming soon to NRTC members’ customers).
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 boasts six of the top eight 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.