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UVU gets national audience through Fox College Sports

16 November 2011 No Comment

Will McKinnon, director of UVU Studios & Broadcast Services

For the last 13 years UVU students have been producing Wolverine athletic events for broadcast on Comcast and other local cable companies. For the last four years this was expanded to include live streaming on the internet at uvu.edu/uvutv. Hundreds of students enrolled in the Digital Media program have participated in the broadcast, and now many are employed in this same field of work.

This year UVU Athletics and the student’s work will be received by a national audience. Several months ago UVU Athletics and Studios and Broadcast Services began talks with Fox College Sports (FCS), a national broadcast provider which reaches 56 million homes, to discuss the possibility of airing UVU Athletics on its network.

FOX reviewed the caliber of production of previous years and stated:

“…we’d like to enter [an agreement] with Utah Valley and simulcast any of the college sporting events you guys are televising on UVUTV.” They further added, “We would be happy to air … whatever you guys offer to us.”

Since those early discussions the agreements are now in place and every UVU home game that is broadcast on UVUTV will also be broadcast on Fox College Sports. Two of the men’s basketball games will air live: the homecoming game against UMKC November 19 at 7 p.m. and the game against the University of Wyoming January 3. All other games will be aired tape-delayed, per the schedule below (subject to change), and next year we are hopeful that more games will be able to air live as we work out more cost effective transmission methods.

To be clear, we are not talking about FCS coming in to produce the games. They want to receive the broadcasts produced by the students and staff of UVU. This is a great opportunity for our Digital Media students to put their work on the national stage week in and week out during our regular broadcast season. It puts UVU athletics into millions of homes in a way that it never has been before.

If you haven’t been a part of UVU Athletics, now it will be easier than ever, whether you live here in the valley, or if you are an alumnus who lives in Chicago and beyond. Furthermore, if you ever miss a game, you can watch past broadcasts at uvu.edu/uvutv/archive. Now, more than ever before, it’s good to be a wolverine fan!

— Will

Links:
Utah Valley Men’s Basketball on FCS Airdates (PDF)
2011-’12 FCS WBK Schedule (PDF)
2011-’12 FCS CBK Schedule (PDF)
UVU TV
UVU TV Archive
UVU Studios & Broadcast Services

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