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Big East launching digital network with Fox Sports to cover over 80 events

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The Big East Conference and Fox Sports announced the creation of the BIG EAST Digital Network this morning.

Mike Stobe

Looking to get your Villanova volleyball fix? Big fan of Big East soccer? While you won't get most of those games on Fox Sports 1, the Big East will have a solution for you.

"The Conference is proud to team with FOX Sports to introduce the BIG EAST Digital Network," said Commissioner Val Ackerman said in a statement. "While fans of the conference will be able to see all of our men's basketball games on television, the BIG EAST Digital Network will allow easy access to other programming valued by our schools, including women's basketball and Olympic sports competitions and features. Thanks to FOX Sports GO's reach, the Digital Network will provide substantial distribution of BIG EAST sports to a wider audience and better serve our student-athletes and their supporters."

Think of it like a conference-specific ESPN3.com; a high-definition online stream of between 80 and 100 Big East events that will begin this academic year. This will run in addition to the live-streaming of conference events on the Fox Sports networks. It will be the first time that Fox has produced a conference-branded channel within it's Fox Sports GO platform.

Fox Sports GO is available via FoxSportsGo.com or via apps for iOS, Android or Kindle Fire as well as some Windows devices.

"The BIG EAST Digital Network is an excellent addition to the FOX Sports GO portfolio," Clark Pierce, FOX Sports Senior Vice President of Mobile and Advanced Platforms said. "We're proud that we'll have the opportunity to showcase these great events and make them accessible to fans and supporters at home or on-the-go."

The BIG EAST Digital Network will supplement the currently-scheduled basketball television coverage on Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Regional and Broadcast networks, while adding exposure for women's basketball and the conference's 20 Olympic sports (including volleyball, Chris). Additionally, the platform will offer highlights, Big East-centric news coverage and other programming.

Rush Media Company will assist the conference in producing content for the network.

Women's basketball events and Olympic sports that are not otherwise televised by FOX Sports will not require a video subscription, according to the release.