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Nov 5, 2013 11:05 PM by KSBY Sports

Big West, ESPN Set To Launch Mobile Production Facility

IRVINE, Calif. - ESPN3 live coverage of two Big West Women's Soccer Tournament semifinal games this Thursday at Cal State Fullerton marks the launch of a unique collaboration between the Conference and ESPN.

The Big West, in consultation with ESPN, has built a mobile production facility that will allow the Conference to produce as many as 60 events from five Southern California member institutions annually for ESPN3.

The broadcast will utilize full ESPN production standards, including graphics, replay and on-air crew. It is the first fully operational mobile production unit of its kind that expands upon what ESPN Emerging Technology has already done at the institutional level.

The package, which also includes live contests in women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball, debuts from Titan Stadium on Nov. 7. No. 2 seed UC Irvine meets No. 3 seed UC Riverside in one semifinal at 5:05 p.m. (PST), with kickoff of the second semifinal between the host and No. 4 seed Titans and top-seeded Cal Poly to follow at 7:35 p.m. (PST).

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Xbox and Apple TV. It is available in more than 85 million households nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high speed internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated provider.

"The Big West Conference is excited about undertaking this ambitious project into the realm of ESPN3 and continuing to do all we can to promote and publicize the successes of our institutions and the quality of their programs across several sports," said Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell. "Our new relationship with ESPN complements our national broadcast arrangement with ESPN's linear platforms - ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU."

The basketball portion of the ESPN3 package will be announced at a later date.

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