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Big South Network Re-launched

August 6, 2013
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More than 30 Liberty home events will be broadcasted for free on the Big South Network this fall, including football, volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer and field hockey contests.

The Big South Conference officially re-launched www.BigSouthSports.com this week, which now fully integrates the conference website and the Big South Network (BSN) as part of a joint venture between the conference office and Webstream Sports.  In addition, the BSN -- the conference's online video channel presented by corporate partner State Farm, is no longer a subscription service and all live and on-demand events can be viewed for free.

The dynamic redesign of the site and video service offers all visitors a "one size fits all" experience, one that can be seen through the web browsers of phones, tablets, laptops or desktops that adapt to best fit the desired display -- all major platforms are supported.  In addition to the new look, the site features simpler navigation as well as an instant click to launch the Big South Network's free live and on-demand offerings of the more than 900 events the Big South Conference and its member institutions have produced annually. 

More than 30 Liberty home events are slated to be broadcasted on the Big South Network this fall, highlighted by six football games and field hockey's NorPac Tournament (Nov. 7-9). The first Liberty event to be aired on the BSN this fall will be the field hockey team's home opener against Saint Joseph's on Aug. 30.

Webstream Sports, in conjunction with Indianapolis-based TGFI, hosts the fully integrated website and digital network.  In addition, Webstream Sports will produce a minimum of 50 Big South events covering every conference team sport -- football, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball, baseball and women's lacrosse -- exclusively for ESPN3 in high-definition.

Viewership for the Big South Network increased annually under the previous subscription model, and now with free access for all video products, the conference expects immediate growth.

"The Big South Conference has been a leader in the digital space ever since the inception of the Big South Network in 2005," said Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander.  "This next generation of the BSN keeps us at the forefront in the industry in providing quality programming anytime and everywhere.  We are very excited to air the 900+ annual live events that showcase our talented student-athletes on the BSN for free and on any device.  We are also looking forward to our long-term partnership with WebStream Sports and TGFI, two recognized leaders in the digital industry."