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Sports Link Now Available On Fox College Sports
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Students in Ball State University's Sports Link program soon will be the only college undergraduates producing content for broadcast by Fox College Sports (FCS).

Already an Emmy-winning immersive learning program, Sports Link, will provide the national sports network with 10 sports magazine shows that focus on Ball State sports, in additional to regular live and taped coverage of various intercollegiate sports events.

The exclusive partnership with FCS, which is available in about 56 million homes, will allow viewers in the nation's top 25 television markets to see work created and produced by Ball State students, said Chris Taylor, the telecommunications instructor overseeing Sports Link.

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CBS Sports Day With Sports Link
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State Sports Link students enjoyed CBS Sports Day on Monday, Sept. 13. CBS Sports & News President Sean McManus conducted a 60-minute conference call with students from his office in New York, while CBS Sports analyst Seth Davis visited on campus.

Davis joined in the conference call, then spent two hours in person with students in Sports Link.

Sports Link is assisting Davis with a biography he is writing on legendary basketball coach, and Indiana native, John Wooden. Davis shared his experiences and advice with the group, and commented on the opportunity students have in Sports Link at Ball State: “Nobody has a school like this.”

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Ball State Sports Link Expands For 2010-11
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State Sports Link, the immersive learning experience which is a national leader in sports media and production, has expanded to include a total of 19 students for the Fall 2010 semester.

The 2010 student staff is led by returning seniors Nathan Bush (Columbus, Ind./East H.S.), Melissa Darby (Fort Wayne, Ind./Southside H.S.), Matt Houston (Gambrills, Md./Arundel H.S.), Alex Kartman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.), Steven Towle (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn H.S.) and returning junior Ben Wagner (Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown H.S.).

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Ball State & MAC Exclusive Partnership
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State Sports Link, an Emmy award-winning immersive learning program at Ball State University, has entered an exclusive partnership with the Mid-American Conference (MAC) to provide the league with video packages during the upcoming football season.

Sixty student-produced segments will be used by the MAC on a variety of platforms. The packages also will be available to MAC universities as well as cable networks broadcasting MAC football games, among them ESPN's family of networks and Fox Sports.

"This arrangement will allow our students to gain incredible experience as well as bring their work into millions of homes during the football season," said Chris Taylor, the telecommunications instructor overseeing Sports Link. "This project also is a clear extension of Ball State's Emerging Media Initiative, which is geared toward providing our students with experience in working with various new technologies being employed by sports broadcasters."

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