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ESPN3 to Carry Ohio University-Produced Live Sports Events

ATHENS, Ohio – As part of a previously announced agreement between ESPN3 and the Mid-American Conference, Ohio Athletics is set to  produce various college sports events that will stream live on ESPN3 this fall.   Coverage will debut in early October with an Ohio Bobcats volleyball match.

Forming a unique collaboration among the Ohio athletic department, the Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University Southern Electronic Media and the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University, the four units will work together to coordinate the mostly student-produced productions that will streamed live on ESPN3. 

With the support of Jim Schaus, Ohio’s Director of Athletics, the program on Ohio’s campus has been spearheaded by Michael Stephens, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations, Jason Chiappino, Assistant Athletic Director for Video Productions, Don Moore, Associate Professor, Director of Electronic Media, Bob Stewart, the Director of the E.W. Scripps School and visiting professor Tom Edwards who has 47 years working in live television and sports production.

"Having our school-produced live events available on ESPN3 is a game changer for our fans,” said Schaus. “They can watch HD quality content for so many of our sport contests anywhere in the country.  Fans, parents, recruits and alumni will love it!”

“The mission of this cross departmental collaboration is to bring Ohio University to current and future fans and students around the country,” said Stephens.  “We believe a successful implementation with ESPN3 carrying our live events will lead to gains campus wide in recruiting, branding and alumni experience.”

Students will be enrolled in a specialized video production course which has been created for the new initiative and will receive instruction on the expectations of the finished broadcast. Students will then gain valuable real-world experience through running nearly all the broadcast positions. The class, Special Topics in Electronic Media – Video, will be taught by Moore and Chiappino and meets once a week with lab time scheduled for the broadcasts.

“Anytime you can integrate production theory into real-world application, student’s gain valuable experience,” said Moore. “The knowledge, discipline and techniques learned in this environment will uniquely prepare students for the challenging sport and media career path.”

“I think this is going to be an excellent collaboration between our department and the quality communications and electronic media schools here at Ohio,” said Chiappino. “Our fans will enjoy a high level of production quality with these broadcasts and it will give our students a valuable base as they pursue their careers.”

The slate of MAC games produced for Ohio is expected to be around 30 including volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling.  A full schedule, additional details on how to access the network and an on-air talent announcement and will come in mid-September. 

About ESPN3 

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to 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.