FULLERTON, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton Athletics Department was pleased to announce that ESPNU will broadcast the final two games of the baseball program's series against Hawai'i (April 26 & 27), and the Titans eagerly await the addition of several broadcast dates for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Due to the NCAA's recent ban on scouting future opponents in person, Cal State Fullerton will no longer offer live video streaming for baseball games held at Goodwin Field. The Cal State Fullerton baseball program will have the opportunity to have games streamed live on ESPN3 as part of the Big West's partnership with ESPN, which allows the league to produce as many as 60 events throughout the year.
"We realize that many of our fans and supporters have become accustomed to watching our baseball games via our live web stream," Director of Athletics Jim Donovan said. "But due to the new NCAA in person scouting legislation, we feel streaming our games will put our team at a disadvantage by allowing our opponents scouting opportunities."
The Cal State Fullerton baseball program opens the season ranked No. 1 in three of the nation's five preseason polls, and hosts Washington State at 7 p.m. on Friday in the team's season opener at Goodwin Field.
"This was a very difficult decision for the administration and I to make," third-year baseball head coach Rick Vanderhook said. "I understand that many of our fans, including friends and family members, rely on the live streaming of games to follow our program. Having said that, the overriding factor in this decision was putting our program in the best competitive position as we begin our quest for another Big West Championship and run in the postseason."
"We hope that live broadcasts from ESPN, Fox Sports and the Big West's partnership with ESPN3 will offer several opportunities for our fans to continue to have access to viewing our baseball games," Donovan said. "We also anticipate that in the future many of our Big West opponents will add live video streaming to their baseball facilities, promoting a fair playing field for scouting, and allowing Cal State Fullerton to return the service to its fans."
The legislation, originally passed in January, fell short of being overridden by the full NCAA membership. Though a majority of eligible Division I schools that cast votes - 154 of 279 - elected to eliminate the ban on live scouting, it represented only 55.2 percent. It takes 62.5 percent to override the measure. Ninety-six of the eligible schools didn't vote.
An NCAA committee proposed the ban because of improvements in video technology and the belief that live scouting could impact fair competition because some coaches believe they won't have the same access to quality video.