BIG EAST signs multi-year streaming deal with FloSports

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Published with kind permission of the BIG EAST Conference

NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference has announced a three-year extension of its agreement with leading sports streaming service FloSports, home of the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) presented by SoFi. BEDN on FloSports presented more than 600 BIG EAST events during the 2021-22 season, including Olympic sports and women’s basketball games, while also showcasing original content such as “Shootaround” and “Fast Break,” the conference’s weekly men’s and women’s basketball were showing function. The multi-year agreement also provides access to discounted subscriptions for students and faculty at BIG EAST member institutions.


The partnership between BIG EAST and FloSports began with coverage of the 2020-21 women’s basketball season before adding Olympic sports and original content in 2021-22. The streaming platform complements BIG EAST’s solid national television deal with FOX Sports, which provides comprehensive annual coverage of regular-season men’s and women’s basketball games, including the JEEP-presented BIG EAST men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and the BIG EAST -Olympic Sports Championships. CBS Sports Network also airs select BIG EAST men’s and women’s basketball games annually along with several Olympic sports events. In addition, SNY broadcasts more than 18 UConn women’s basketball games annually.


“We are excited to expand our partnership with FloSports, which is a great home for the BIG EAST Digital Network,” said Vince Nicastro, Deputy Commissioner of BIG EAST. “FloSports has been a fantastic platform to showcase our women’s basketball and Olympic sports programming, as well as the original content that our amazing in-house digital team creates throughout the year. We are committed to continuing to improve the quality of the 600+ events that the Conference Office and Institutions produce each year, with Scott Hecht, our new Senior Associate Commissioner of Broadcasting, leading this initiative in partnership with FloSports. We are committed to serving our fans to deliver world-class programs that showcase the incredible student-athletes, coaches and programs of the BIG EAST.”


“With a shared belief in bringing outstanding collegiate sports to a wider audience through digital platforms, FloSports is proud to continue our successful partnership with BIG EAST,” said Michael Levy, Vice President, Global Rights Acquisition, FloSports. “Since the beginning of this partnership, we have seen steady, consistent growth in both viewership and engagement with BIG EAST athletics. We look forward to another three years of working with Scott and the BIG EAST team, which will shine a spotlight on the talented athletes and coaches who define excellence in collegiate sports.”


BEDN on FloSports is expected to produce more than 225 events in 2022-23, with a focus on women’s basketball, which accounts for over 75 streamed games per season. BIG EAST’s 11 member institutions will also provide FloSports with additional regular season streams, bringing the expected total number of events for the year to over 600. Sport-by-sport event schedules for FloSports are announced prior to the start of each season throughout the year.



The BIG EAST:
The BIG EAST Conference is an association of 11 nationally renowned colleges and universities that promote healthy athletic competition, community service and the pursuit of excellence in the academic environment. Our institutions’ athletic programs, sponsored by BIG EAST, provide more than 3,800 student-athletes with opportunities to participate at a national level in over 200 men’s and women’s teams in 22 sports. BIG EAST members were formed in 1979 and are headquartered in New York City. Located in eight of the nation’s 36 largest media markets, they include Butler University, University of Connecticut, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University , Villanova University and Xavier University. Visit www.bigeast.com for more information.



The BIG EAST Digital Network presented by SoFi:
The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), launched in September 2014, is home to 225 annual live regular season and championship events for the BIG EAST Conference, which encompasses women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, field hockey, men and women includes lacrosse, softball, and baseball. In addition, BEDN will produce live coverage of indoor and outdoor athletics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving championships and, for the first time this year, men’s and women’s tennis. SoFi became Presenting Sponsor of BEDN in 2017-18.



FloSports:
Founded in 2006, FloSports is a subscription sports video streaming service providing live and on-demand access to hundreds of thousands of competitive events in over 25 vertical sports categories in the United States and abroad. FloSports’ vision is to give underserved sports the love they deserve. With a growing library of more than 300,000 hours of premium content including news, expert commentary, films, documentaries and more, FloSports has established itself as an innovator and leader in sports streaming. Finally your sport has a home. For more information, visit: florports.tv.



How to see:
TV: Download the FloSports TV app on Roku, Apple TV 4 and Amazon Fire TV
Mobile: Download the FloSports iOS and Android apps
Web: Bookmark FloSports.TV in your favorite browser

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