Can’t make it to the game? Want to listen to the game after it’s over? The Mineral Wells Index will soon be presenting various high school sports via a live streaming broadcast.
While the details are still being finalized the Index’s plans include broadcasting volleyball, boys and girls basketball and softball and baseball.
The games will be broadcast live and archived in a digital media library. It is a new and unique experience for athletes who often do not get to hear their games broadcast unless someone records them, and then they can play them later.
Index sports editor Russell Huffman will be the play-by-play announcer for broadcast, and it was the idea of live streaming Rams’ sports that appealed to him when he took his new job.
“Newspapering has changed in many ways over the last two decades and being able to live stream games is one of the most positive ones,” Huffman said. “It is a great way to interact with athletes and coaches and allows a new avenue for sports fans to find out more information about the teams and athletes they follow.”
Live streaming local high school sports is the brainchild of the Index’s managing editor David May.
“I thought it would be a great way to broadcast events and bring games to high school fans no matter where they are, here or across Texas or elsewhere across the world,” May said. “I thought there would a high interest in that and for us as a newspaper to have another way to reach out to the community.”
There are plans for interviews with coaches and players, and the broadcast will also offer an opportunity for young people who might be thinking about a career in sports journalism.
“I have talked to a few students to see if they might have an interest in serving in a role as a color analyst,” Huffman said. “If we have enough interest from students, we will potentially look at a rotating color person perhaps with one doing girls basketball and the other doing boys basketball.”
At first, the games will be presented from home with 10 games for each sport with the possibility of some road games during district play as well as playoff games.
“We want to start with home games at first so we can present a quality broadcast that people will enjoy listening to if they are unable to attend an event live,” Huffman said. “I like the idea of sports fans being able to go into a digital library and listen to a game. That’s something you could not get in the past unless you undertook extra efforts like tape-recording a game.”
Mineral Wells sports fans will be able to listen to the games by logging onto www.mineralwellsindex.com and follow the links to the live broadcast. A broadcast schedule is currently being compiled and will be available in the paper and online soon.