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Big East launching online network to cover women's basketball and Olympic sports

When speaking at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit yesterday, Big East commissioner Val Ackerman announced that the conference is partnering with Fox Sports to start an online digital network to supplement Fox Sports 1 & 2's coverage of conference athletics.

Today, the Big East sent out their official release on the announcement which included more details on the network, which will include coverage of women's basketball and the Big East's 20 Olympic sports starting this month.

The highlights:

  • Year-round HD digital channel offering free live streaming of 80-100 sporting events annually
  • Big East will have own channel within the FOX Sports GO app
  • The channel will be launched on September 25th
  • Additional non-live games and other Big East-related content will also be featured on the channel
Val Ackerman's statement:
"The Conference is proud to team with FOX Sports to introduce the BIG EAST Digital Network. While fans of the conference will be able to see all of our men’s basketball games on television, the BIG EAST Digital Network will allow easy access to other programming valued by our schools, including women’s basketball and Olympic sports competitions and features.  Thanks to FOX Sports GO's reach, the Digital Network will provide substantial distribution of BIG EAST sports to a wider audience and better serve our student-athletes and their supporters."

This has virtually no affect on Fox Sports' coverage of men's basketball other than potential classic games and other archive-like content that will be posted on the conference's Fox Sports GO channel. The online platform looks to provide a more centralized location to watch featured games from other conference sports whereas they were previously only available through school-specific athletic site streaming or other alternative mediums.