With more than 4,500 Chinese students on the University of Illinois campus, this makes a whole lot of sense.
The Illinois athletics department announced Thursday that Illini football games will be broadcast in Mandarin Chinese this season.
It isn't the department's first move to appeal to the large number of Chinese students on campus, either. Two years ago, the department started an education session to teach Chinese students the basics of football, a session taught by the football team. This season, they'll make the team's games available in those students' native tongue via the team's website.
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"Our goal with this is to better reach all Fighting Illini fans, whether they attend school here in Champaign-Urbana or have graduated and are living abroad" associate athletics director Mike Waddell said in the announcement. "We are very excited to reach both Chinese students and alumni and give them the option to enjoy Illinois football in Mandarin Chinese. We hope that this is the first of many international outreach efforts for Fighting Illini athletics."
Games will be broadcast by Illinois sophomore David He and Bruce Lu.