March 4, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the West Coast Conference tournament beginning this weekend, the WCC is launching its new online web initiative, WCCTV, exclusively on WCCsports.com. In conjunction with student media from its member institutions, WCCTV will provide fans with unprecedented coverage of the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships with its "360 All-Access" look at the tournament.
The WCC is bringing one student media member from each campus to assist with WCCTV's 360 All-Access look at the tournament. The student reporters will cover every single game of the men's and women's basketball championships, providing unique insight into each team. After each game, WCCTV's 360 All-Access will bring you that games coverage, including pre-game, in-game, and post-game analysis of each contest, as well as game highlights, and player and coach interviews. In addition, each student will work on unique features surrounding the WCC Tournament.
"We are excited to be able to provide our fans unprecedented coverage of the WCC Tournament through our new web initiative, WCCTV," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Not only will this provide unparalleled coverage of our premier event, but we are also thrilled to provide the student media members from our membership with the opportunity to showcase their talents and earn valuable experience."
In addition to launching its 360 All-Access look at the WCC Tournament, WCCTV will also stream 10 of the 14 tournament games exclusively on WCCsports.com.
"We were so excited when we heard the WCC's proposal to do something unprecedented with our media students around the league," said Dan Garrity, Director of Electronic Media Studies at Gonzaga University, who will also serve as the WCCTV's coordinating producer for the student media. "I think this shows the best of the WCC; sharing our passion for our discipline with everyone who cares about learning more. I give great credit to the WCC for coming up with this idea, and then following through by investing in the eight students who get to take part in this incredible initiative."
The 2009 WCC Tournament marks the first year that the conference's premier event will be held at a neutral site. The capacity for the Orleans Arena at the four-day event is 7,845, making it the largest venue to ever house the WCC Tournament. The 2009 basketball championships will be the 23rd annual event on the men's side and the 17th annual women's tournament. The WCC advanced three teams to last year's NCAA Tournament, the most in conference history and the fifth highest percentage of teams from one conference last season.