IU Basketball to be Broadcast in Mandarin

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BLOOMINGTON -

Indiana University Athletics has announced all men’s basketball home games will be broadcast in Mandarin. The school says listeners will be able to access 19 games for free on the university's official athletics website and IUHoosiers.com.

"Basketball is the most popular sport in China and broadcasting IU men's basketball games in Mandarin will bring one of America's most storied and famous basketball programs to a country of more than 1.3 billion people in their native language," said IU President Michael McRobbie. "It also will help cement our relationships with thousands of our Chinese students and alumni, and ensure they remain strongly connected to Indiana University."

Students who speak fluent Mandarin will provide play-by-play and color commentary for the games. They will be trained through the school’s Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology.

IU will open the season at Assembly Hall with an exhibition game against Ottawa on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.

School officials say about 3,000 students from China attend IU Bloomington.

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