Wednesday, October 02, 2013
MACON, Ga. – A pair of A-Sun volleyball matches involving Mercer, Kennesaw State, FGCU and Lipscomb are the latest additions to the conference’s growing list of original content provided via its relationship with ESPN3.
Both of the additional matches are scheduled for Sat., Nov. 16, as Kennesaw State hosts Mercer at 3 p.m. (EST) at the KSU Convocation Center and Lipscomb welcomes FGCU to Allen Arena at 3 p.m. (EST)/2 p.m. (CST).
The A-Sun proudly continues to expand what began as a 16-match regular season volleyball schedule on ESPN3 announced in mid-August. Through its relationship with the multi-screen sports network, the A-Sun continues to provide additional original content that includes a myriad of conference and nonconference matches that has grown to a total of 19 matches.
The growth occurs as the A-Sun continues to enhance its role as a leader in on-campus production. The conference became 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 schedule also rivals that of any of the NCAA’s 31 Division I conferences.
“The A-Sun’s position as a leader in campus-produced digital content lets us continue to expand our schedule of events delivered through the WatchESPN platform,” said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “We’re extremely proud to spotlight our talented student-athletes, their teams and the A-Sun institutions through this initiative and we thank our partners at ESPN as this cooperative effort builds an unmatched distribution network for A-Sun content."
Last season the A-Sun’s volleyball semifinals 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.
Four matches produced on campus have already appeared on ESPN3, including a pair from both USC Upstate and Lipscomb. Of the 15 remaining A-Sun regular season matches scheduled for ESPN3 this season, USC Upstate has six remaining and Lipscomb has five while the conference’s newest on-campus producer, Kennesaw State, has four. Kennesaw State’s first on-campus production is scheduled for Oct. 4, as the Owls host third-place Jacksonville at 7 p.m. (EST).
The Atlantic Sun and ESPN have a long-standing relationship that first began with the airing of the conference’s basketball tournament title game back in 1989. For the fifth season, all of the conference’s CSS/A-Sun Friday Night Game of the Week men’s basketball contests will be available on the ESPN Full Court package and on ESPN3.
Live events from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater are available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV 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, Cox, Charter or AT&T U-verse (coming soon to NRTC members’ customers).
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. 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 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 computers, smartphones and tablets to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi 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.