Keep The Broadcast Alive!
Organized by: Chris Worrell
One of the things a parent enjoys is attending the sporting events of their children of any age. This is not always possible especially when it comes to college level sporting events. During these past 2 summers my family and I have been hosting baseball players in our home and I have been broadcasting the home games of our local collegiate summer baseball team. I do this because the players come from all over the country, and a few from other countries, and the families of these players seldom, if ever, get to see their players play the game in person. This past season the top 3 viewing countries were the United States, Canada and Australia. With a small amount of advertising we even had parents from the opposing teams tune-in to the games from around the globe. I do not charge a fee to anyone and I do not get paid to produce these broadcasts. I do it for the players and the families and the love of the challenge to accomplish these broadcasts. Getting down to the reason for this Crowdrise project, I have been doing these broadcasts on borrowed equipment and if this past year is any indication of what resistance I will run into next year and beyond, this equipment will not be available to me. I simply cannot afford the equipment myself and I have had several requests from the family members to make some changes to the broadcasts. Requests including more camera angles, high definition, and possibly an announcer for the games. The new camera angles will make the action easier to follow. A high definition broadcast will make the game easier to see on a large screen since many of the viewers watch the games from their computer connected to a big screen TV. The extra camera angles and high definition will require money. My initial goal is $50,000 to bring you an excellent experience in high definition and multiple viewpoints. My extended goal is for $75,000 to add one additional viewpoint with a wireless “roving” camera to create a sense of “being there” to the viewers and to have post-game interviews. This would not be used at all games but would be used as much as possible. I know these figures sound like a lot but I am trying my best to make sure this equipment will be good for at least 8-10 years worth of broadcasting. Of course the more I raise the better the equipment and opportunities. If I raise enough beyond the $75,000 I will ask our city council to allow me to build a permanent camera platform at the field. When I can acquire the proper equipment I will be able to expand into doing more local games, possibly year round, community events, and I would like to broadcast the National Baseball Congress World Series games for the 2 weeks of games. The World Series in itself would include approximately 60 games in 2 weeks and would have a nearly global audience since the players are from all over the world. A big task, but it can be accomplished with the proper equipment. If you would like to see my work from this past year you can go to my YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/HaysvilleAV8RSLive and choose a random sampling. I only had one camera but I think I captured the games pretty well. I also pay for and create my own introductions to the games, some of which are on the page. I really hope you consider contributing to this cause. I feel the viewers deserve the best I am able to give and they deserve to be able to see their family members doing the best in what they do. I do not wish to discontinue doing these broadcasts because I do not have the equipment so please help if you can. I would encourage anyone who has seen a broadcast or has a family member in the broadcast to leave comments below so others can read about your experience. Thank you to all!