The Southeastern Channel is broadcasting and streaming Southeastern’s first two home football games this fall on ESPN+, making Southeastern the only school in Louisiana with students fully producing football games for ESPN.
“Being on ESPN is truly a dream come true,” said student play-by-play announcer John Sartori of Mandeville, who won a 2018 student Emmy for on-camera talent. “I will cherish every second of this coming season. The exposure we are receiving is truly second to none.”
The Emmy award-winning Southeastern Channel, honored by the Broadcast Education Association as one of the top four in the nation two years running for its live sports game broadcasts, produced the ESPN+ broadcast for the Lions’ home opener with Jacksonville State on August 29, and is also producing the September 21 Southland Conference contest with Lamar.
“The fact that our broadcasts are now being aired on ESPN is truly a tremendous honor,” said game broadcast director student Dylan Domangue of Houma, who was the play-by-play announcer for the 2018 winning broadcast. “Our broadcasts are student-led, so having our work on ESPN is a huge honor because our production is getting recognized alongside professionals.”
Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said streaming on ESPN+ means increased exposure for Southeastern Athletics to more than two million paid subscribers.
“It’s an incredible honor that ESPN and the Southland Conference hold the quality of our student productions in such high regard,” Settoon said. “It’s extremely rare for a student-produced game broadcast to be selected for streaming on an ESPN platform. This is the culmination of many years of hard work by our students and Southeastern Channel supervising staff members.”
Game selections after the first four weeks of the season will be announced by the Southland Conference 12 days prior to kickoff, allowing the best matchups to be selected each week for various broadcast partners.
ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks.
Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball, and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. In recent years Southeastern Channel game broadcasts have streamed live on the Southland Digital Network and aired on the Cox Sports Television Network.
“We are very excited to have Southeastern Louisiana home games added to our ever-expanding menu of football broadcasts across the Southland Conference,” League Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “The award-winning production efforts of the student-led Southeastern Channel will be seen by a wider audience of football fans to enjoy watching the Lions and other Southland competition.”
Settoon said that the Southeastern Channel provides unique sports broadcasting opportunities for students whose work can be seen on national networks.
“We’re one of the very few college television stations in the entire country—and the only one in the state or region—where students are able to do the play-by-play announcing, color commentating, sideline reporting, live game directing, and every other crew position for Division One Football and other sports events,” Settoon said. “Most college game productions relegate students to running camera or production assistant positions.”
The Southeastern Channel football broadcast from last season’s Lions vs. Abilene Christian game won fourth place in the nation for Live Game Broadcast given by the Broadcast Education Association.
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The Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national, international and regional awards in the past 16 years, including 17 from the Emmys. The channel can be seen on Charter Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and St. Helena parishes, and its live webcast and video on demand can be viewed online via the channel’s website at thesoutheasternchannel.com. It’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.