Indiana State University, the University of Evansville and other schools in the Missouri Valley Conference are part of a nine-year contract with ESPN for live sports coverage. More than 99 million homes will have access to Sycamore and Purple Aces games.
"I am pleased to announce the launch of 'The Valley on ESPN3.' This will allow our students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, parents and Sycamore Athletics supporters around the world to view most of our teams live, every time we compete home or away. I hope that everyone will join us as we support all of our Sycamore Athletics programs and have the opportunity to view them live on 'The Valley on ESPN3,'" Indiana State Athletics Director Ron Prettyman said.
School officials say students will produce the telecasts and serve as directors, producers, audio engineers, graphics and replay operators, camera operators and on-air talent. A sports video expert from the school’s Student Media team will train and supervise the broadcast teams.
"This is fantastic experiential learning opportunity for our students," said Philip Glende, executive director of student media. "ESPN is a leader in sports broadcasting, and this partnership will give students a chance to be part of a team producing nationally distributed live sports video."
Students will start producing the telecasts in September. ISU says they will cover volleyball, football and basketball games and plan to add more sports coverage in the next few years.