Campus Clips: Fox Sports Signs Content Deals with Texas Tech, TCU; Santa Clara’s EYEBRONCO Network Puts Student-Athletes Behind the Mic

Compiled by Brandon Costa, Senior Editor, Sports Video Group

Following the announcement of its deal with Oklahoma, Fox Sports continued to make the Big 12 rounds announcing broadcast rights deals with both Texas Tech and TCU.

Texas Tech content will be distributed to a four-state region as a result of the new multi-year agreement between Fox Sports and Learfield Sports, which is Texas Tech’s exclusive athletic multimedia rights holder. Terms of the agreement call for one football game to be televised annually on a Fox Sports Networks’ platform, which could include Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Southwest Plus, or Fox College Sports. The Red Raiders’ Sept. 1 home opener against Northwestern State on Fox Sports Southwest Plus officially kicked off the partnership. Fox Sports Networks platforms will also televise all available men’s basketball games, up to 20 Olympic sports, and additional Texas Tech non-game programming mutually selected by FOX Sports and Texas Tech.  This season, Texas Tech’s Red Raider Weekly and Raider Power are scheduled to air on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports respectively. Both are 30-minute sports magazine shows…

…TCU and FOX Sports announced a similar multi-year agreement to televise the school’s athletics events and related programming on Fox Sports Southwest and other FOX Sports regional and national networks. The agreement features a comprehensive schedule of TCU athletics events to be televised annually, including one Horned Frog football game, all available men’s basketball games and mutually agreed upon Olympic sports, including women’s basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball contests. The Horned Frogs’ Sept. 8 home opener against Grambling State on Fox Sports Southwest began the partnership. Telecasts of TCU football games will be produced by Fox Sports, while other TCU airings will be produced by students in the sports broadcasting curriculum of TCU’s Department of Film, Television and Digital Media in collaboration with Fox Sports…

…Santa Clara is using student-athletes as hosts and sideline reporters during broadcasts on its EYEBRONCO Network. Entering its second season, The Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap (BWSW) – which is run entirely out of the Bronco Media Relations Office – is co-hosted by senior water polo player John Nash and senior women’s soccer player Lauren Matheson serving. Earlier this week, the athletic department announced that sophomore men’s basketball player Denzel Johnson will join the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap this season as its newest co-host. The BWSW makes its season two premier on Sept. 24. All EYEBRONCO videos can be found on SantaClaraBroncos.com and also the department’s YouTube Channel. In addition, junior men’s basketball player John McArthur, junior women’s soccer player Cali Reis, sophomore women’s soccer player Paige Robertson and junior volleyball player Ali Rambis will work as EYEBRONCO sideline reporters, bringing special features and behind-the-scenes interviews during games. Bronco women’s water polo alum Sarah Safir ’12 returns to lend a hand on camera and in production…

…The Ohio Valley Conference unveiled a six-game football television package that will air on Fox College Sports (FCS) this fall. The six-game schedule will feature each of the nine OVC football-playing institutions at least once during the season and will start with a Sept. 29 contest between Eastern Kentucky and UT Martin. Other games in the package include Tennessee State at Jacksonville State (Oct. 20), Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 27), Tennessee State at Murray State (Nov. 3), Southeast Missouri at Eastern Illinois (Nov. 10) and Tennessee Tech at Austin Peay (Nov. 17)…

…On Sylvester Croom’s 58th birthday, Tuesday, Sept. 25, ESPNU will debut Croom at 7 p.m. ET. The latest installment in the SEC “Storied” documentary series, the film chronicles Croom’s rise to become head football coach at Mississippi State University and, more importantly, the first African American head coach in the Southeastern Conference.