LMU Website Continues Growth with OCSN Partnership
Athletic Department adds Yahoo! Sports to Lions' Audio Network which will increase audio broadcasts to more than 100 in upcoming season.
Aug. 25, 2003
In the summer of 2001, the LMU Athletic Department made a commitment to make the official website, www.LMULions.com, a top priority. By doing so, the decision was made to go with the Official College Sports Network (then FansOnly) as the provider of the site.
With the partnership between LMU athletics and OCSN, and the commitment to make the website the best among its peers, LMULions.com has reached unparalleled success. The recently concluded 2002-03 season saw record numbers for every month. We had more than 2.5 million page views and 300,000 unique visitors in the 12-month period.
The partnership with OCSN and LMU athletics is the reason for this increased traffic to the website. We are happy that this relationship will continue into the upcoming 2003-04 season and beyond to bring the LMU fans the best coverage and information of the athletic programs.
The LMULions.com website is the window to LMU Athletics. During the last two seasons with OCSN, many features have been added to enhance the website experience for the user. These include GameTracker, LiveStats, chat sessions, the LMULions.com Store, a potential student-athlete database and the Lions' Audio Network.
The Lions' Audio Network was created with the OCSN partnership. In the 2001-02 season, both men's and women's basketball were broadcast live via the Internet for the first time in program history. Last season was more of the same, including 15 baseball games, all soccer playoff contests, the 2002 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championships and the 2003 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships. All told there were 81 broadcasts provided on www.LMULions.com.
The industry of Internet audio has been changing at a fast pace, and LMULions.com will be moving with it. Thanks to an agreement with Yahoo! Sports that was completed this summer, more than 110 games will be aired live via the Internet. The schedule once again includes the entire basketball schedule for men and women, the entire 56-game schedule for baseball, a selection of women's volleyball regular season games, women's soccer against national champion Portland and men's soccer against national champion UCLA. In addition, all post-season games will be aired on the Lions' Audio Network.
In addition to the increased number of broadcasts, Yahoo! Sports will bring its state-of-the-art technology to the Lions' Audio Network. There were many issues with the men's basketball broadcasts in the 2002-03 season. This new partnership will greatly enhance the ability to listen from almost any computer on any browser.
In the past, the Lions' Audio Network was free to the users. However, with added cost to enhance the listening experience, this has become cost prohibitive. To ensure the best product for our listeners, the Yahoo Sports partnership is a subscription-based program. Ranging from just $4.95 ($29.95 a year) for the School Pass Subscription to $9.95 a month for the College Pack Subscription ($59.95 a year), you can have complete access to more than 110 broadcasts on LMULions.com at a quality our users deserve and previously have not enjoyed.
The Yahoo! Sports audio offerings are available for both broadband and dial-up users. The School Pass Subscription allows users to access all broadcasts for LMU on a monthly or annual basis. The College Pack Subscription offers users an opportunity to have access for all college broadcasts for all institutions partnered with Yahoo! Sports.
We are excited at what this partnership will mean for our website and the LMU Athletics Department. With GameTracker and Livestats will remain a free service thanks to the OCSN partnership. Along with the Lions' Audio Network, these three features will allow LMU fans to follow our athletic contests live. Live programming is a hallmark of every major athletics program in the country and our commitment is an example to our student-athletes and fans of our continuing efforts to Build Champions and Championship programs!