Link to Watch ESPN
Sports Broadcasting students at Western Illinois have the opportunity to announce games and work on the crew for ESPN3 productions. Students in the department have the opportunity to work Leatherneck football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball productions that air on the ESPN platform. All productions are done entirely by the students, including play-by-play and color commentator positions.
The new arrangement between the Department of Broadcasting & Journalism and the Western Illinois athletics department allows Leatherneck fans nationwide to log in and watch events live on ESPN3, a part of the ESPN family of networks. Fans can watch the events online at WatchESPN.com on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app or stream on televisions through connected devices. Western Illinois sporting events will now reach more than 100 million people nationally (99 million households, 21 million U.S. colleges/universities and U.S. based military personnel), and have the look of an ESPN broadcast.
"The airing of Leatherneck Athletics events on ESPN3 will feature our talented student-athletes on a national platform and enable a wider audience to follow the success of our sports programs," said interim director of athletics Matt Tanney. "It's also another example of the valued partnership between the Athletics department and the university's Sports Broadcasting program."
Leatherneck Athletics has worked with the Sports Broadcasting department for several years airing games on radio and television. All video streamed events on GoLeathernecks.com (through SIDEARM Sports) are a broadcasting department production.
According to William T. Clow, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, "The opportunity for our Sports Broadcasting students to produce events that will be carried on ESPN3 and for our student-athletes to be seen on a national stage is a truly great one. This has been a joint effort and shows the professionalism and collaboration with which both programs operate here at Western Illinois University."