One year later: Live streaming update

One year later: Live streaming update

Broadcasting booth
The view from the booth. Photo by Gabe Freeman.
Gabe Freeman

Sports Editor

Last year, the athletic department introduced live streaming video broadcasts to Milken sporting events. Over the past year, the broadcasting booth at the top of the gym has captured some incredible Milken moments.

The idea came to Jason Kelly, athletic director, last year when he thought it would be neat for students to do live color commentary on games and produce live feeds to Wildcat fans around the community who could not attend games.

The inaugural broadcast was announced by Jacob Pollack ‘14 during the championship basketball game at the Milken classic last year. Over 80 people tuned in and watched an incredible game, which the Wildcats lost by a point. Since that game, the live stream website has generated hundreds of Wildcat fans over the course of its first year. Kelly says that on any given night the website gets up to 90 people watching a game.

In addition, the Wildcats’ two home football games at Birmingham high school were broadcast. This was made possible by a portable camera that can elevate up to 30 feet in the air. This equipment will hopefully be used at baseball and soccer games later this year as Kelly plans on broadcasting as many Milken games as possible in the future.

Sergio Paredes, sports information director, has scheduled over 20 broadcasts for the winter basketball season. He is looking for help from students who might be interested in doing camera work or color commentary this year.

“With a huge increase in school spirit this year we hope more and more members of the community will attend games and experience Milken sports games live and in person,” Kelly said. “For those who cannot attend certain games we hope that the exciting live stream broadcasts will continue to entertain and keep our community connected to Wildcats athletics in 2012. “

Milken’s live stream website: http://www.livestream.com/milkenlivestream