Lights, Camera, Stream

July 30, 2018

Several high schools in central New York are plannig to use stationary automated cameras to live-stream their sports games over the internet beginning this fall.

According to syracuse.com, schools that sign up for the NFHS Network install cameras, which cost $5,000 each, to record their games. Subscriptions for live coverage cost $10 per month.

Buddy Wleklinski, athletics director at Christian Brothers Academy, said he's “very excited” about his school using the technology to broadcast their basketball, football, soccer and volleyball games.

Scott Sugar, Athletic Director for Fayetteville-Manlius, described the network as the wave of the future. He said people can watch their games on their televisions, computers, phones and other devices, even if they may not be able to make it.

"In our community, we have a lot of people who travel for work," Sugar said. "It just made so much sense."

Schools can choose to provide play-by-play commentary from students or parents, or using the PA announcer for the game. Wleklinski and Sugar said having students provide commentary could work as a supplement for schools' broadcast or sports journalism programs.

Sugar said he expected eight to 12 Section III schools to stream their sporting events in the coming academic year.

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