Ferris State University basketball fans and alumni throughout the world will have an opportunity to watch the Bulldogs square off against archrival Grand Valley State this Saturday night, Jan. 12, free of charge via a live audio and video broadband webcast.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently announced the FSU-GVSU men's and women's basketball contests will be one of four NCAA Division II Basketball doubleheaders slated to be shown on Saturday as part of the NCAA's Division II broadband initiative in partnership with CSTV.
Tipoff for the women's contest is slated for 6 p.m. (EST) inside the Grand Valley State Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich., with the men's outing to follow at approximately 8 p.m. (EST). Additionally, both Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games will also be televised in selected areas statewide by Comcast Local.
The broadband webcasts will feature both live video and audio from the game. In order to access the service, fans will need to visit the CSTV/Division II website. Additional links to the webcast will be available through the FSU athletics website (www.ferris.edu/sports) as the game approaches.
Division II and CSTV are in the second season of a multi-year television and broadband partnership that will showcase more than 80 live Division II regular-season events over the internet to a national audience. The service began last season for football along with men's and women's basketball. It was recently expanded to include selected volleyball matches this season.
The broadband schedule is evenly distributed among Division II conferences, with each league being represented in at least three athletics contests throughout the year. The games are chosen by the NCAA Division II Presidents Council and the NCAA Division II Media Advisory Group. They are produced in cooperation with NCAA Productions.
The CSTV agreement, which runs through 2009, provides an amplified platform to highlight Division II contests and student-athlete accomplishments, while also promoting the intercollegiate athletics philosophy for Division II member institutions. There are more than 74,800 student-athletes competing at 290 NCAA Division II colleges and universities nationwide.
Earlier this fall (Oct. 27), the Ferris-Grand Valley football was also showcased as part of the Division II/CSTV broadband package.
While this Saturday's game will mark the first time the Bulldog basketball teams have been part of the CSTV package, it won't be the first time FSU men's and women's basketball games have been available to fans across the world. This season, all Bulldog home games and selected road contests are available on an internet pay-per-view basis via an agreement with B2 Networks for the second consecutive year. More information on the service can be found on Ferris' official athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
Prior to Saturday's doubleheader, the Bulldogs host Wayne State in GLIAC doubleheader action Wednesday (Jan. 9) evening at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The women's game is set for a 6 p.m. (EST) start with the men's game beginning at 8 p.m. (EST). Tickets will be available at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff.