Rice Athletics will take the next step in the migration towards a self-sufficient video delivery platform when Saturday's football game between Rice and Florida Atlantic is broadcast on ESPN3. Rice will join with North Texas this weekend to become the third and fourth Conference USA schools to deliver a game production feed to ESPN3.
Brett Dolan and N.D. Kalu will call the action in the game that kicks off at 2:30 on Saturday and will return to call the action when Rice hosts UTEP for Senior Day at 11 a.m. on November 19.
Rice installed a state-of-the-art control room for the new Daktronics video board as part of the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center project in the north end zone of Rice Stadium which opened prior to the 2016 season.
This quantum upgrade in Rice's video production capability coincided with C-USA's new broadcast partnership with ESPN which was announced this summer. In addition to selected games carried on the ESPN cable networks, the new relationship also created the opportunity for additional games to be distributed through their streaming platform.
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multiscreen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN.
The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.