Chatter: Mixed reviews for new sports network

An occasional peek at what you’ve been chattering about over the past 24 hours. Latest: Gannett’s experiment with a new, live high-school sports webcasting network called Gannett Grid, beamed on the Mogulus video service.

“I love the idea of doing live video,” said Anonymous@1:13 a.m. “The problem is that many newspapers want to do it at a much lower quality than the TV competition, and about the same quality as a motivated Joe Six-pack could do.”

Anonymous@1:29 p.m. wondered whether there’s demand for the service: “Who would watch this? If you’re interested in high school sports, it’s for one reason: your kid is playing. If your kid is playing, you’re already there. So, who? College recruiters? The big untapped grandparent market? Pedophiles?”

Don’t rush to judge Grid prematurely, said Anonymous@1:49 p.m. “What they’re doing right now with Mogulus is an experiment, and not much more. Yes, some are out there with low-budget cameras and weak connections, but that will change as we learn more about the process. Imagine 50 games in your area broadcast in HD with Gannett branded logos watermarked over each video, broadcast in Gannett templates — without Gannett spending a dollar on a camera or additional manpower. That’s the dream.”

Join the debate, in the original post. Or start a new one in today’s Real Time Comments.

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5 Responses to “Chatter: Mixed reviews for new sports network”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    And more money being siphoned out so much needed equipment fixes, replacements are pushed further to the back burner. Somebody has way too much time on their hands and not enough wood on the fire.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Anonymous@1:49 p.m. said the quality will change “as we learn more about the process.”

    Listen, the quality is already out there. Other websites have been streaming video for a while. And it looks good. We tried streaming the presidential debate and it looked crappy. There was no reason to watch it on our paper’s website, when it looked a million times better on MSNBC, Fox or CNN.

    Gannett just doesn’t want to put money into anything. This is not innovation we’re doing; this is case of desparate catch up.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Anonymous said: Listen, the quality is already out there …..
    well, it sounds like you are bit frustrated and angry …. what Gannet does here is way different than all the others do ….. it is a new approach and not just live streaming some whatever content … time will show us if they are right

  4. Anonymous Says:

    There’s a bigger audience out there for high school sports than pedophiles, students and parents.

    Granted, that audience will mainfest itself mainly for football and basketball and not as much for, say, field hockey, but it is there.

    High school football has a huge following in rural areas, especially in the south. It is huge in Texas, where high school teams can have just as strong of a following in their community as the Texas Longhorns or the Dallas Cowboys.

    High school basketball has had a similar presence in smaller towns through out the country, especially in Indiana and Kentucky. You could argue over any number of issues, from cable TV to AAU teams to class basketball (in Indiana) that have dampened the enthusiasm for prep hoops, but it is still there.

    The other audience I can think of that would watch is people who follow recruiting. Who is their favorite team recruiting? Who are the top players in the nation, and which schools are recruiting those kids?

    That is why the most-read blog on a Gannett newspaper’s site can be the college sports recruiting blog.

    There are undoubtedly people who follow every high school sport, recruiting wise, but the biggest by far are football and basketball.

    Which happen to be the two prep sports that get exposure on ESPN, Fox Sports Net and Versus. In the area of the country I live in, a large city with no pro teams but four major NCAA Division I programs within a two hour drive, it is common to hear high school football and basketball on the radio, but unheard of to hear any other prep sport.

    There is an audience for high school sports, particularly when the newspaper whose site would carry this thing doesn’t have the resources nor manpower to cover all of the dozens of high schools in its circulation area.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Wouldn’t something like this have to be approved first by the state’s athletic associations or individual schools’ boards? Also, isn’t there a provision in public education for gender equity in everything, including promotion?

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