CMS Sports Go Live!
CHARLOTTE, NC-Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school sports are going live!
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has given the go-ahead for live streaming of regular season games. "I think that seeing them live is more fun but that's my opinion and we're here every game," said Tiffany Blair, a Hopewell High School parent.
Tiffany Blair's son plays baseball for Hopewell High School. When she heard about the possibility to stream her son's games live, she said "I think in this era of technology, it would be a great thing to try and if it doesn't work or it's not something that schools are making a profit from, then they can always remove that."
PlayON! Sports is the company providing the service. The annual cost per school is three thousand dollars. But schools can sell advertisements in their community. The schools get to keep 100 percent of their profit.
"When we reviewed what other states have done and the revenues that they had produced in other states, it was anywhere from 6 to 15,000 dollars, so obviously if you can double the investment, that would certainly be a win-win," said Davis Whitfield, NCHSAA commissioner.
PlayON! Sports says another “win” is being able to incorporate the technical side of the streaming into a broadcast class curriculum or club.
The company says student can operate the cameras and editing software... job skills that go beyond the classroom.
And then, there's the question... would people stay at home and not go to games? The executive vice president of the live streaming program says there's game-goers and game-watchers... and those two lines don't cross.
"I think it's a great thing. Their grandparents, their aunts, their uncles, can actually click on the live stream and find out what their nephews or grandkids are doing," said Robert Little, Lake Normal High School head baseball coach.
There's also the option to tape delay... a school can post the video after the game for people to watch on their own time.
The live streams can also be used for other school events like graduation, debates, and concerts.