ATHENS, Ohio – Saturday, October 8 will mark the beginning of an exciting time in Ohio athletics history with the debut of OhioBobcatTV on ESPN3. The first broadcast will feature a volleyball match between the Bobcats and Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan. The match is set for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Via the ESPN3 HD network, Ohio will broadcast each home volleyball match through the remainder of the season and will also broadcast most home men’s and women’s basketball games and wrestling meets. Exact schedules will be available in the coming weeks.
The games can be viewed on your computer at WatchESPN.com or through your mobile or streaming devices through the WatchESPN app. Signing in is simple, just use your login credentials for your cable provider and you are set to watch.
There is no cost associated with access to WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app just make sure you have your cable provider information handy. For a list of WatchESPN television subscribers click here - http://www.espn.com/watchespn/affList?subscriber=videosub
Alternatively, if you are connected to a university (.edu) or military network (.mil), you won’t need to login and will have immediate access to the games. For technical questions consult the ESPN3 FAQ page which can be found at - http://www.espn.com/watchespn/faq#faq1
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!”
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.
“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.”
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