The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons and WDAY’Z XTRA have renewed their television broadcast agreement for 2017-18 that will bring fans live coverage of home football and basketball conference games, as well as the monthly DragonsLIVE show.
All MSUM broadcasts on WDAY’Z XTRA are produced by GO! TEAM Productions, consisting of a totally student-run team under the supervision of Alex Nelson and Jon Wepking.
“We are fired up to continue our partnership with our friends at WDAY’Z XTRA for another season,” said assistant athletics director Jon Wepking. “They’ve been an incredible partner who believes in what MSUM students can do when given the opportunity to showcase their talents in a hands-on learning environment. Very proud of Alex and the entire GO! TEAM for constantly exceeding everyone’s expectations, and appreciative of WDAY for helping us display their talents on their platform.”
The partnership between WDAY and MSUM began as a single game broadcast of the Go Pink basketball games in 2013. The following 2014-15 athletic year, the coverage bloomed to include all home football and basketball games. In 2015-16, the Dragons included two volleyball games that followed football coverage and a full season of monthly DragonsLIVE shows. In 2016-17 volleyball matches were included once again along with home football and basketball conference games.
DragonsLIVE received two huge honors from the Sports Video Group in 2015 as the DragonsLIVE from Evansville episode was a collegiate athletics national finalist for Outstanding Live Studio/Remote Hosted Production of the year in 2015. Other finalists included Texas A&M University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Notre Dame, Liberty University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Buffalo. Although the Dragons did not win the award, MSUM was the only NCAA Division II university finalist on the docket for all awards. GO! TEAM Productions also earned an Honorable Mention for Best Live Game Coverage from the Sports Video Group for their men’s basketball NSIC/Sanford Health Playoffs First Round broadcast in 2015 as well.
The DragonsLIVE Signing Day Special digital coverage also won a national award from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators “Best of” Award.
The first DragonsLIVE episode will air on Aug. 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. on WDAY’Z XTRA as a Fall Sports Preview.
In addition to WDAY’Z XTRA coverage this year, MSUM’s first home football game against Southwest Minnesota State, which is Sept. 7 at Scheels Field at 7 p.m., will be the Midco Thursday Night Football game of the week and will be broadcast live by Midco Sports Network (MidcoSN) as part of a new agreement with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
You can watch live coverage of the Dragons home football and basketball conference games on XTRA, WDAY.com, MSUMDragons.com, and on the DRAGONS App. You can find all the television viewing options and geographic footprint for WDAY’Z XTRA on MSUMDragons.com.