There's great news coming out of Amherst today. As part of the MAC's new contract with ESPN the sports network will start to shift production of some services to the MAC schools. For some universities this is a ways out because their current capabilities are not ready. Buffalo, on the other hand, is one of the schools ready for the pilot.
The MAC and ESPN announced this afternoon that the University at Buffalo has been selected as one of three institutions selected to begin the ESPN University Production Initiative at their respective universities. The other two schools selected are Central Michigan and Northern Illinois.
The ESPN University Production Initiative will allow for a minimum of 35 sporting events at each school to be picked up on one of the ESPN Networks through out the year.
"As we continue to build America’s next big time college athletics brand, this is a huge opportunity for us. With the ESPN University Production Initiative, we will now have the ability to showcase our great University, our facilities, and most importantly our student-athletes to over 230,000 alumni worldwide." - Director Danny White.
In Year One, the Bulls will be producing 37 events beginning with the men’s basketball exhibition game on Nov. 6. The schedule of events will include the entire home men’s and women’s basketball schedule as well as all five home wrestling dual meets. The package will also include the final four home matches for volleyball.
This initiative will also allow for ESPN to broadcast basketball postgame press conferences.
All 37 events will air on ESPN3, but ESPN will have access to cut to any event on their main station, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews or during basketball season, the ESPN Buzzer Beater channel.