Expect to see the red of St. John’s all over the place from this point on.
The St. John’s Television Network and ESPN struck a deal that will put at least 60 live Red Storm sporting events on ESPN3 in HD in 2012-2013. The agreement will bring St. John’s sports to all of ESPN3’s platforms, including WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN app, ESPN on Xbox, which reaches 83 million households.
With ESPN3 accessible through Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Verizon, nearly all of New York and most of the Tri-State area will have access to St. John’s sports.
“We are excited about STJ-TV, our collaboration with ESPN3, and what this endeavor provides St. John’s University in terms of exposure and a hands-on educational experience for students,” said St. John’s Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. “This agreement was the culmination of emerging technology, hard work by our staff and an outstanding relationship with ESPN. The 2012-13 broadcast schedule only begins to scratch the surface of what we hope STJ-TV can become.”
What does the deal mean for St. John’s fans? It means if you can't get to the game, it will be a lot easier to catch the Red Storm on your IPhones, IPads, computers, etc…
With the Big East "seven" looking to break away from the league, finding other means of exposure and revenue will be important. This is a smart step in that direction for St. John's.
St. John's isn't the first school in the area to strike an exclusive deal with a network. Connecticut has a deal with SNY to broadcast its football games as well as its men's and women's basketball games. St. John's deal could prove to be the more lucrative when its all said and done thanks to ESPN's national reach.
STJ-TV features a 15-person crew that will produce four and five-camera HD telecasts. The crew will be a combination of industry professionals, as well as St. John's undergraduate and graduate students.
Games will be announced by several locally well-known talents, including Tony Luftman and former Red Storm guard Tarik Turner, and Ralph Bednarczyk and Julianne Viani.