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Aug. 21 is re-launch date for official Web site for OSU athletics, fans offered new opportunity to interact with AD Gene Smith 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official Web site for The Ohio State University Department of Athletics, launched its redesigned layout Friday. Ohio State, in partnership with host provider JumpTV, has restructured the site to offer its visitors ease in navigation control and increased access to multimedia features for all 36 varsity sports.
 
Upon first glance, visitors will notice a more modernized appearance with a prominent and readily accessible video player along the top headlines area. Additional video locations also are available at mid-level on the front page and on sport home pages.
 
Updated scores and schedules are posted on the front page with a current score-ticker across the top header while links to live Web streamed event broadcasts on Buckeye Vision can be found on the front page.

Ohio State fans can access all their game-day needs as well on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Visitors have the opportunity to purchase event tickets and shop multiple areas in the online auction, memorabilia store, Official Team Shop, DVD store and photo store pages.
 
There also is an increase in fan interaction on the redesigned site with fan polls and links to Ohio State’s official Facebook page and Brutus Buckeye on Twitter. In addition, Ohio State fans have the opportunity to email Gene Smith, Ohio State Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, on the “Ask Gene” link. Bi-monthly during the fall, Smith will take part in an audio podcast where he will answer select “Ask Gene” questions from fans pertaining to current news and issues in the athletics scene.

New football game-day features: OhioStateBuckeyes.com will introduce new multimedia live streamed and on-demand features, including marching band performances, postgame press conferences and game highlights.
 
About Ohio State Athletics
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three co-educational. The department is committed to providing its more than 1,000 student-athletes with the finest in academic and athletics support in order to ensure a quality and life-enhancing experience. The Department of Athletics is completely self-supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. In Fiscal Year 2008-09, the Department of Athletics will transfer back to the University more than $29 million in assessments, including nearly $14.5 million in grant-in-aid costs.