Basketball increases media coverage

 

The Malone University Athletic Department has announced that it will provide a live streaming video of 10 home and 19 road basketball games during the 2012-13 season.

Junior point guard Isiah Elliot handles the rock up the court in last year’s annual Mayor Cup against Walsh University on Jan. 19, 2012. With the increased coverage, games such as the rivalry games against Walsh could be seen from a Pioneer fan’s computer. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

This will give the Malone students, faculty and alumni a chance to follow their Pioneers without having to attend the games.

“In years past we have done live streaming for basketball games with about four in 2010 and eight in 2011,” said Athletic Director Charlie Grimes.

Grimes also noted that in the recent years that the live stream has become popular and it started a trend.

“All of the home football and volleyball games are live streamed and broadcasted, and the viewing numbers we have received from that are amazing. I am more of a soccer guy myself, so in the future I am planning to live stream soccer games, then push for softball, baseball and so on; that way all sports can be broadcast,” Grimes said.

The games that were selected to be broadcasted were not a random pick. Grimes and his staff looked to pick games that were further away and would be very competitive. This gives people a chance to follow their Pioneers when they are on the road or cannot attend the games. Also it gives the opponents’ fans a chance to watch their team play against Malone — if their team has to travel a long way.

This live stream affects current, past and future students.

“With this live stream, it really helps me and my staff with recruiting, so if the player I am recruiting cannot attend a game then they are able to watch our program from home,” said men’s basketball head coach Tim Walker.

It also helps the athletic department in recruiting. so if a student-athlete’s home town is far away their family and friends are able to keep track of how that player is doing through live streaming.

[pullquote]With this live stream, it really helps me and my staff with recruiting, so if the player I am recruiting cannot attend a game then they are able to watch our program from home,” said men’s basketball head coach Tim Walker.[/pullquote]

“During the recruiting process with Malone last year, I never had a chance to attend a home game because I lived four hours away and I had my own games to play,” said freshman football player Marcus Bonner. “But I was able to catch two of the football games online, live streamed on my home computer. Being able to watch those games online helped me make my decision for which school to attend because I knew my mom and dad would be able to watch me play from home.”

Michael Terry, a sophomore Bible and theology major, enjoys attending all of the basketball games. Though he prefers to watch the games live, he loves the idea of being able to follow his team while he is on break or when the Pioneers are on the road.

“To be a successful athletic program you need to be able to watch your school’s team from anywhere even if you cannot attend the game,” Terry said.

Isaiah Smith is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.

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