NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Iona College in New Rochelle has announced a partnership with ESPN to produce and broadcast its athletics events live on the ESPN3 and WatchESPN platform.
Iona will begin producing its men's and women's basketball games in February and women's lacrosse contests in the spring. It plans to expand to additional sports next fall.
"This is great news for our students, our student-athletes, our athletics program and for the entire Iona College community," said college President Joseph E. Nyre. "Our teams merit the additional exposure, but just as valuable is the opportunity for students to get hands-on professional broadcast experience at the highest levels. It will complement our academic programs in mass communications and our Center for Sports, Entertainment and Media Business."
The broadcasts, which will feature ESPN-branded graphics and full replay capability, will be hosted by a combination of professionals and college students. Under the direction of Iona College athletic communications staff, Iona students will be a key part of the 10- to 15-person crew needed to produce the events.
In addition to live coverage, Iona College students will be responsible for pregame, halftime and postgame content production, including feature pieces, commercials, highlight packages and interviews. The project will be an expansion of the live coverage of Gael sporting events already provided on the online platform, Iona Insider, which is in its seventh year of providing Iona athletics webcasts.
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