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IU Athletics to broadcast all 19 home men's basketball games in Mandarin

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- IU Athletics announced Friday that all 19 home men's basketball games will be broadcast in Mandarin for free on the university's official athletics Web site, IUHoosiers.com.

According to a news release, that means Indiana University will be the first institution in the country to broadcast college basketball games in Mandarin.

"IU students who speak fluent Mandarin will provide the play-by-play and color commentary for the games, and will be trained through the university's Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology," the news release states. "IU athletics has received strong student interest in announcing the games and expects to field multiple two-person announcing teams for the season."

Approximately 3,000 students from China attend IU Bloomington, representing the largest single group of international students on campus, the release states.

"Basketball is the most popular sport in China and broadcasting IU men's basketball games in Mandarin will bring one of America's most storied and famous basketball programs to a country of more than 1.3 billion people in their native language," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie, according to the release. "It also will help cement our relationships with thousands of our Chinese students and alumni, and ensure they remain strongly connected to Indiana University."

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