High School Football Streaming Put on Hold
GASTONIA, NC – Calvin Hastings is known for providing radio broadcasts of high school football games in Cleveland, Lincoln, and Gaston counties.
But this year he wanted to take it to a new level.
“After the North Carolina High School Athletic Association passed the rule where you could stream, we said, 'Hey! Let's give it a shot,” Hastings says.
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He says all but one high school athletic director in Gaston County agreed, until last week when Gaston County Schools shut down the games.
Hastings says one concern from the county is it could hurt ticket sales. The other is it might help other teams prepare.
“They thought they'd get a scouting advantage, but dang, with today technology anyone can, you can take a cell phone in, and video a whole game,” he says.
Hastings also touts benefits, like out-of-town alumni who can watch the games.
Or being able to provide access to the elderly or disabled.
“I think it's a good recruiting aspect, possibly for the kids, it's a chance for the schools not only to showcase their schools, but to showcase the kids,” he says.
Hastings met with Gaston County School's Athletic Director Monday.
He says district leaders will decide whether or not to let them keep streaming games as early as Wednesday.
We reached out to Gaston County Schools. A spokesperson didn’t want to talk about the issue until after a decision is reached.