Dec. 28, 2005
The Horizon League and CSTV Networks, which operates CSTV: College Sports Television and CSTV.com, announced Wednesday (Dec. 28) an extended partnership to provide free live video web casts of all conference men's and women's basketball games not otherwise cleared on television outlets.
Horizon League All-Access will feature more than 125 live men's and women's basketball games during the 2005-06 season featuring each of the conference's nine member institutions. The webcasted games, which also will be archived for later viewing, can be accessed via the "All-Access" link on the League's official web site at www.horizonleague.org. In addition, some televised games may also be available via CSTV.com. Unlike many video web casts, all games will be available free, provided viewers have registered on the site.
The web casting initiative with CSTV.com is a product of the Horizon League's new television budget redistribution plan, which was approved by the League's Executive Council in June. The new plan focuses resources on the institutional level and allows the schools the freedom to broadcast their teams in their local markets or make them available via the All-Access web casts. Under the plan, all 144 of the League's men's and women's regular-season conference basketball games will be available on local, regional or national over-the-air or cable television, or via web casts. Horizon League men's and women's basketball tournament games also will be available via All-Access if not being produced for a regional or national carrier.
"We are excited to be able to take advantage of this new technology, which we believe is the future of television, and expand our partnership with CSTV," said Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone. "With the broadband distribution platform, our member schools will be able to market their basketball programs to fans across the country and around the world via the web. It should be especially beneficial to reaching potential recruits' and current student-athletes' families as well as displaced fans and alumni."
The full slate of live coverage of Horizon League games on CSTV.com begins this Thursday, Dec. 29, with three women's and one men's conference games. Thursday's women's schedule features the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the University of Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. ET, Youngstown State University at Butler University at 7 p.m. ET and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at Loyola University Chicago at 8 p.m. ET. On the men's side, Loyola plays at Cleveland State University at 7 p.m. ET.
"College fans have voracious appetites for their teams and their sports," said CSTV CEO Brian Bedol. "CSTV is dedicated to making games available through as many platforms as possible, and online programming certainly provides one of the most convenient and effective delivery systems for fans anywhere in the world."
CSTV Networks has been the web site provider for the Horizon League since November 2004. Its network of nearly 250 official athletic web sites includes those of League schools Butler, Cleveland State, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.