NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Beginning with Friday night’s “Battle of the Boulevard” men’s basketball contest, Lipscomb, the Atlantic Sun Conference and ESPN are working together to bring six events live from Allen Arena in November on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE.
“In the world of athletics, there is no bigger brand than that of ESPN,” said Lipscomb director of athletics Philip Hutcheson. “The ability to collaborate with ESPN3 and the Atlantic Sun Conference allows us to exponentially increase our reach to fans of college athletics worldwide and we are thrilled to be on the leading edge of this latest wave of on-campus production.
“For Lipscomb alumni, fans, recruits and for fans of college athletics as a whole, this agreement represents another step toward deeper connections with the programs that mean the most to them. I am appreciative of the hours of work that ESPN3, the Atlantic Sun and the communications professionals on our campus have committed to make this happen.”
The six-game slate kicks off Friday night at 6:30 p.m., as one of the nation’s premier men’s basketball rivalries renews between Lipscomb and Belmont. The Lady Bisons then get the spotlight on Monday, Nov. 12, as No. 17 Vanderbilt comes to Allen Arena for a 7:15 p.m. tipoff.
The collaboration continues on Nov. 16-17, as the semifinal and final rounds of the A-Sun Volleyball Championship are aired as the Lady Bisons attempt to defend back-to-back-to-back A-Sun Tournament titles. The final game of the set airs on Monday, Nov. 26, as men’s basketball hosts defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Murray State.
“This is an historic agreement for Lipscomb Athletics to be able to generate this content in-house,” said Lipscomb director of athletic communications Jamie Gilliam. “The hard work that has gone into making this a reality has been second-to-none and puts the Lipscomb program at the forefront nationally.”
With Friday’s coverage, Lipscomb will be the first A-Sun school to produce an entire event in-house and to collaborate with ESPN3 to deliver the event.
“We are extremely excited about the future of this agreement and the ability for our fans to view our games nationally via ESPN3,” said Gilliam. “It has been an incredible display of teamwork between ESPN3, the product vendors at Ross and Abekas, Lipscomb’s own Entertainment and Technical Services Office and the rest of the Lipscomb staff to get this project off the ground.”
Live events from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater are available through WatchESPN at no additional cost to fans who receive their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity TV, Verizon FiOS TV or Midcontinent Communications.
Access to live programming on ESPN3 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, and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE. It is available to approximately 74 million homes at no 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 connected to on-campus educational networks 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 and tablets 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 or Midcontinent Communications. The app has been downloaded over 12 million times since its launch and is steadily growing. It is available free for Android devices from the Google Play store and for Apple devices from the App Store, as well as online via WatchESPN.com.