As of today, innovation has a new home in Winter Park, Fla. ESPN and Full Sail University debuted the new Full Sail University Sports Lab Powered by ESPN. ESPN will utilize this state-of-the-art facility for research and development of various new studio and remote technologies. This will be ESPN’s first and only sports technology lab at any Florida college or university.
“ESPN has long been an industry leader in utilizing cutting-edge technology to bring fans the best content,” said Anthony Bailey, vice president, emerging technology, ESPN. “The energy and creativity the students and staff at Full Sail University will bring to this facility make this a natural location for this lab and will help us develop new tools to provide fans the best on-air coverage of sports.”
The mission of this joint collaboration will be to not only develop new technology enhancements such as virtual applications, but to provide students at Full Sail University the opportunity to work alongside ESPN’s emerging technology team to gain real-world experience. Students who are selected to work in the lab will have the ability to design and execute new studio and remote technologies for ESPN. This program comes on the heels of the announcement this week of Full Sail University’s new Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Marketing and Media.
“Full Sail has always believed that the closest and most engaged relationship with industry leaders drives optimal student and graduate outcomes because it aligns our curriculum with industry expectations. The opening of the Full Sail University Sports Lab powered by ESPN, a global entertainment industry leader, is a prime example of our educational approach in action and it is a compliment to our students that ESPN has chosen Full Sail to help guide the development of future sports technology,” said Ken Goldstone, Chief Operating Officer, Full Sail University.
This new lab will complement the current ESPN Innovation Lab located at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World. That lab has been critical in the development of ESPN 3D, Ball Track, NBA Player Card and Ultimate Uplink.
About ESPN Technology:
ESPN Technology develops the ideas and applications that bring the fan closer to the game with new, innovative production enhancements. ESPN’s technology team designed and supports two of the most technologically-advanced production centers in the world, the Digital Center in Bristol, Conn. and the Los Angeles Production Center which is the first 1080p capable production facility. In addition, the Emerging Technology Group has developed many on-air advancements over the past 30 years, including ESPN 3D, virtual graphics applications, Huck-O-Meter, and the Emmy-winning EA Virtual Playbook.
About Full Sail University:
Since 1979, Full Sail University has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 34,500 alumni, graduate credits include work on OSCARÒ, EmmyÒ and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail’s 191-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 12,400 students from 50 states and 49 countries. Full Sail currently offers a total of 33 Associate, Bachelor, and Master campus (http://www.fullsail.edu/degrees) and online degree (http://online.fullsail.edu/degrees) programs including: Computer Animation, Creative Writing for Entertainment, Digital Arts & Design, Digital Cinematography, Education Media Design & Technology, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing, Media Design, Mobile Development, Music Business, Music Production, New Media Journalism, Recording Arts, Recording Engineering, Show Production, Sports Marketing & Media, and Web Design & Development. Full Sail was named the 2008 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges; The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine; one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.