UNCG Athletics Partners With ESPN3
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG athletic department and ESPN announced that the Spartans have launched as part of the ESPN University Production Initiative in 2015-16. The ESPN University Production Initiative allows for schools in conferences aligned with ESPN to produce sports events on their own campus to air exclusively on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN App. UNCG is part of the program through the Southern Conference’s contract with ESPN.
The Spartans will produce live events in 2015-16 for men’s and women’s basketball with a crew made up of UNCG athletics staff members, local professionals and students from the Spartan Sports Link Program. The crew will produce the events, giving students valuable experience working on high-quality, ESPN-branded productions. The Spartans Sports Link program is an initiative of the UNCG athletic communications office that gives UNCG students the real-world, hands-on experience working on live sporting events for experience or class credit. All events will air on ESPN3, but ESPN will have access to cut to any event for inclusion on other ESPN platforms.
As part of UNCG’s commitment to the ESPN3 program, the UNCG athletic department invested in a custom-made trailer that will help produce the live events. The Spartans are one of three programs in the country that has a custom-made ESPN3 trailer produced this year, joining Miami University and Eastern Michigan.
In year one of the program, the Spartans are scheduled to produce seven men’s basketball SoCon games and two women’s basketball SoCon games on ESPN3. The goal in year two will be to produce all men’s basketball games on ESPN3 while adding games across all sports in 2016-17.
UNCG Produced ESPN3 Games
Jan. 17 vs. VMI
Jan. 21 vs. Chattanooga
Jan. 23 vs. Samford
Feb. 6 vs. Western Carolina
Feb. 25 vs. The Citadel
Feb. 28 vs. Mercer
Feb. 11 vs. Chattanooga
Feb. 13 vs. Samford
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast (via the WatchESPN app), Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The network is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service 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.