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Looking Back: Northwoods League Installs 4-Camera Webcasting System in All Ballparks

After a three-year agreement with ESPN to broadcast select Northwoods League games and a half-hour studio show from 2007-2009, the Northwoods League took the unprecedented step for the 2010 season of installing four-camera webcasting systems in all of its ballparks to make webcasts of every game available online.  The League supplied the equipment and teams staffed the local operations, while the League also opened a seasonal studio to provide support and develop content.

At the time, video broadcasts for summer collegiate teams were sparse if available at all, and minor league baseball was only a couple years into its online video offering (select teams available, number of cameras varied by stadium). By providing a coordinated video equipment package to all teams, the Northwoods League ensured that fans of any team, and the families of any player, would have access to live and on-demand games for the entire season.

In the eight years since its introduction, the webcasting platform has grown and evolved, now offering high-definition video in all of its ballparks. Use of the video has also grown beyond the game webcasts by providing highlights to local news stations and colleges around the country and training video to players, coaches and umpires to review throughout the season.

Did you Know?

  • This season the daily pre-game show produced by the Northwoods League studio will be available through the NWL Mobile App, as well as part of each team’s webcast.
  • The Northwoods League and its teams broadcast more than 700 games each season. This season, games will be available through streaming partner Stretch Internet and can be viewed via computer, mobile device or custom applications on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV (minimum version requirements may apply).

 

Visit our 25th Season Celebration page to read about other memorable moments previously released.