Sports

Tartans partner with ESPN to broadcast home games

On Aug. 22, the Carnegie Mellon athletics department announced a partnership with ESPNWilliamsport.com to broadcast the home competitions of the Tartan football team, as well as the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

ESPN Williamsport is the primary station and online platform for multiple professional sports teams, as well as numerous NCAA colleges and universities in four states.

ESPN Williamsport owner and general manager Todd Bartley noted, “The prestigious name of Carnegie Mellon University was enough to get my attention when the opportunity to serve Tartans athletics presented itself.” The recent success of Carnegie Mellon’s sports teams was also surely a factor in the formation of this new partnership.

Carnegie Mellon director of Athletics Josh Centor has high hopes for this partnership, and said “We expect that this collaboration will allow us to share our student-athletes’ achievements with a broader cross-section of the Carnegie Mellon community.”

Bartley announced that coverage will begin on Sept. 3, as the Tartan football team takes on the Washington University of St. Louis in Gesling Stadium. Brian Collins will announce the game for ESPN Williamsport. On the opportunity to call the games for the Tartans, Collins said “Just the absolute tradition of this prestigious school and the rich history has me excited and privileged to be a part of it this fall.” Collins has casted for multiple sports at every level of collegiate play, and has more than 20 years of experience. Collins also has multiple coaching accolades along with his experience in broadcasting, and will surely make a great addition to the broadcast team.

This partnership can only benefit the Tartan sports teams, giving them public exposure and allowing for the growth of the Tartan brand. Not only that, but fans of Carnegie Mellon’s sports teams will be able to watch these competitions from anywhere in the world.

The Carnegie Mellon webcasts will use the audio feed from ESPNWilliamsport.com, and an audio only stream will also be available through ESPNWilliamsport.com as well as http://athletics.cmu.edu.