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June 30, 2011

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Ohio State Athletics and CBSSports.com College Network – the leader in the management, distribution and monetization of official athletic websites for colleges and universities – today announced a partnership on an enhanced athletics website, providing Buckeye fans with improved features and overall customer service.

Beginning today, the revamped www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com will use the latest internet technology to provide fans with a seamless, robust experience unique to Ohio State. CBSSports.com College Network, in cooperation with Ohio State’s athletics internet services and communications staff, has been working the past several months in preparing the site’s new look for launch today.

“The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is extremely excited to partner with CBS Interactive and The Big Ten Network. We anticipate that joining the CBSSports College Network will keep Ohio State on the cutting edge when it comes to online technology. With this partnership it is our mission to make OhioStateBuckeyes.com the new benchmark for all Official Collegiate Websites moving forward,” Diana Sabau, Ohio State University associate athletics director for external relations, said.

Among the new and updated features at OhioStateBuckeyes.com include:

  • live audio streaming of many Ohio State sporting events
  • Team Fan Shop merchandise store
  • OSU Photo Store
  • DVD store
  • Live online auctions
  • Improved Buckeye Vision video player
  • Gametracker Live Stats

Fans also will have the opportunity to purchase official Ohio State merchandise through Team Fan Shop, the largest online retailer of Nike and collegiate products, game action photos through The OSU Photo Store and participate in live online auctions featuring unique Ohio State experiences and memorabilia.

Both premium and free video content will be available through the new Buckeye Vision. Buckeye Vision brings an improved audio and video experience to fans with live game broadcasts, exclusive behind-the-scenes video, game highlights, original programming and press conferences. Both premium and free content will be available through the new Buckeye Vision at a monthly rate of $9.95 or a yearly rate of $79.95.

With the addition of Ohio State to its list of partners, the CBSSports.com College Network now includes more than 70 percent of FBS institutions and 11 Big Ten schools, a dominant position entering the 2011 college football season.

“We are excited about partnering with Ohio State, a deal which aligns with our pursuit of serving the biggest brands in college athletics,” said Patty Hirsch, VP & General Manager, CBSSports.com College Network. “Through our cutting edge technology, world-class customer service and marketing reach of CBS, we plan to exceed the needs of Buckeye fans and alumni while generating significant revenue for Ohio State.”

The CBSSports.com College Network features best in class service combined with cutting edge technology along with the power of the CBS brand to help protect and grow partner brands and fan bases. For more information about the CBSSports.com College Network visit http://collegenetwork.cbssports.com/.