Maine high schools scramble to offer streaming of fall sports

With limited or no fans allowed at high school sporting events this fall, schools are scrambling to come up with online streaming options for games.This will be the tenth year Munzing Media streamed high school sports events. Owner Rob Munzing said he has been inundated with calls for school districts.“One, can you do our games? Two, if you can’t, how do you do it,” Munzing said.The Falmouth School District has come up with a way to stream games, with a goal of getting them on as many platforms as possible.“We’re just trying to find as many opportunities as we can to stream it out. I think, likely, we’ll stream via Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook, so people will have options,” Falmouth Athletic Director James Coffey said.The National Federation of High Schools Network made an offer to schools. For $2,500 it would provide cameras and install them to stream games online.There was a catch to the offer. Schools would have to use the NFHS system and families would need to pay $10.99 per month or $69.99 per year to watch the games.Munzing Media streams its games for free thanks to local business sponsors, but they will only cover two schools, Gardiner Area High School and Hall-Dale High School.While some schools like Leavitt, Scarborough and Gray have had students broadcast streams of their own games for a few years, many will be taking their first leap into it.“I tell people that took us 10 years, so you know, start out small, do the best you can. People aren’t going to expect ESPN. They are going to be happy to see what they can see,” Munzing said.YouTube offers free streaming if a school can get 1,000 followers to its channel, so schools have been trading follows to try to reach the threshold.

With limited or no fans allowed at high school sporting events this fall, schools are scrambling to come up with online streaming options for games.

This will be the tenth year Munzing Media streamed high school sports events. Owner Rob Munzing said he has been inundated with calls for school districts.

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“One, can you do our games? Two, if you can’t, how do you do it,” Munzing said.

The Falmouth School District has come up with a way to stream games, with a goal of getting them on as many platforms as possible.

“We’re just trying to find as many opportunities as we can to stream it out. I think, likely, we’ll stream via Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook, so people will have options,” Falmouth Athletic Director James Coffey said.

The National Federation of High Schools Network made an offer to schools. For $2,500 it would provide cameras and install them to stream games online.

There was a catch to the offer. Schools would have to use the NFHS system and families would need to pay $10.99 per month or $69.99 per year to watch the games.

Munzing Media streams its games for free thanks to local business sponsors, but they will only cover two schools, Gardiner Area High School and Hall-Dale High School.

While some schools like Leavitt, Scarborough and Gray have had students broadcast streams of their own games for a few years, many will be taking their first leap into it.

“I tell people that took us 10 years, so you know, start out small, do the best you can. People aren’t going to expect ESPN. They are going to be happy to see what they can see,” Munzing said.

YouTube offers free streaming if a school can get 1,000 followers to its channel, so schools have been trading follows to try to reach the threshold.