Big South Network unveils new "channels" for fans

Charlotte, NC - From Big South Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – The Big South Network, the online streaming home of live and on demand Big South Conference competition, has rolled out an enhancement designed with its fans in mind.

In addition to the main Conference video portal for streaming hundreds of events annually, the Big South Network now includes 10 additional "channels" -- designed specifically for the member institutions of the Big South and complete with programming tailored to each school.

Users visiting the Big South Network at www.BigSouthSports.com now have a new option on the video portal: a drop-down "Select A Team" menu that lists the Conference's 10 member institutions.  Once the viewer has chosen a favorite from the list, the portal will change to a new look for that selected school's athletics -- for example, "High Point Panthers TV" on a purple screen, or "Radford Highlanders TV" on a red screen, and so on (visual examples below).

At that point, the fan of a given school's teams will have relevant content available through the portal's menu:  Live Events, Games On Demand, Championship Events, and more.  For instance, if a visitor selects Coastal Carolina and accessed "Coastal Carolina TV," then all the upcoming events and archived game clips would feature the Chanticleers – including all home or road events streamed within the Big South.

"This addition to the Big South Network gives us another way to offer our fans and followers what they want," said Big South Conference Coordinator of New Media Mark Bryant.  "It's all part of our ongoing updates to BigSouthSports.com.  In this case, fans can access their desired video more easily, the schools get a branded platform for their games, and the Conference gets to offer a more user-friendly experience."

An improved fan experience remains the motivation behind a number of changes that have occurred at BigSouthSports.com this year, including an entire redesign, improved navigation and greater emphasis on quality pictures and video elements.

"Some of our favorite additions with the redesign were the social media aspects figured into the site," added Bryant.  "The Twitter feed on the home page is perhaps the most obvious, but we have a lot of expectations regarding the ability for visitors to comment on articles via the Facebook interface at the bottom of each story, which is a feature we believe has been underemphasized thus far."

The Big South Conference invites user feedback on its website, and suggests comments be addressed to bigsouth@bigsouth.org.