Big South Conference Re-Launches Big South Network

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – The Big South Conference officially re-launched www.BigSouthSports.com today, 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.  
 
Webstream Sports, in conjunction with Indianapolis-based TGFI, hosts the fully integrated website and digital network.  In addition, Webstream Sports will produce a minimum 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.  Big South corporate partner Hardee's is also a contributing partner to the BSN's new free viewing format.
 
“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.”
 
The new site, developed by TGFI, will continue to deliver the high level of information fans have come to expect, including news releases, statistics, schedules, standings, and Championship details, as well as the Big South Online Merchandise Store.  New social media integration -- featuring quick access points to the Big South’s Twitter and Facebook feeds -- are emphasized as well.  A new component allows tailored Twitter feeds running alongside Big South Network video and buttons allowing fans to share site content directly into their own Facebook or Twitter accounts.  Additional enhancements include:
 
Newswire featuring links to third-party coverage of the Conference and its members
Schedule and results widget with links to live video/audio and statistical coverage
On Demand video library featuring embeddable Conference and member-produced content for third-party sites
Advanced statistical information derived from Stat Crew data files with capability for user to sort multiple data fields
SMS alert functionality
 
“WebStream Sports has teamed up with TGFI to deliver a single-destination, multi-media platform that enables the Big South Conference, its member institutions, the student-athletes and the fans to consume live and on-demand video and editorial content on multiple devices,” added Greg Weitekamp, President and Partner of WebStream Sports.  “As a company, we are thrilled to partner with the Big South in an effort to highlight the accomplishments of its student-athletes through the Big South Network and ESPN3.”
 
ABOUT WEBSTREAM SPORTS (www.webstreamsports.com)
Founded in 2006, Indianapolis-based WebStream Sports (www.webstreamsports.com) is a leading provider of video production and solutions.  The private company has grown into a major force in the digital realm, working behind the scenes to produce television and online broadcasts for national clients such as Turner Sports, ESPN, NCAA, Sports Illustrated, Fortune Magazine, Horizon League, Missouri Valley Conference and more.  WebStream Sports distinguishes itself with compelling content that elevates the client’s message; It does not accept mediocrity; It views technology as a means, not an end; It strives to deliver the best possible user experience; It honors the story and respects those who tell it.  By building strong relationships with its clients, WebStream Sports has become a trusted leader in video by providing solutions and not just identifying problems.  WebStream Sport’s 16 full-time staff members are responsible for more than 1000 events annually.