Sunday, March 14, 2010

IHSAA Names HomeTown as Partner

HomeTown Sports Indiana and the Indiana Athletic Association have announced an innovative partnership to produce high school sports. Most state associations have bartered away the rights to their championship games assuring a quick monetary return, but vacating editorial control. The IHSAA is adopting a "Big Ten" model retaining rights and choosing outlets and partners. This creates a fluid decision making process, embracing existing while exploring emerging media technologies. This assures the maximum number of viewers can watch and listen to tournament and championship games. There's more to the IHSAA's announcement than putting football and basketball on Channel 4. The enrichment of minor sports is a key component. Wrestling, both team and individual, swimming and diving, softball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer will be fully produced for television. Historically, the higher classed sports were covered. Going forward, all classes are extended the same coverage and opportunity for broadcast. The new model allows HomeTown Sports Indiana extended tournament access. The goal and objective is to enhance coverage beginning at the sectional level to bring a larger audience to the championship event. Football and Basketball parings shows will return to television. The new network extends coverage to one-half of IHSAA championship events. Track and field, cross country, tennis, gymnastics and golf are not included, but HomeTown's ultimate goal is to cover all 21 Championships. Fully produced Game Day shows will surround the football and basketball championships with guest interviews, scores and highlights hosted by HomeTown's Greg Rakestraw. You can expect coverage to begin approx 1 hour before the first game and continue non-stop through the awards ceremony of the last game. HomeTown will air all productions via tape delay on HomeTown Sports Indiana (Comcast & Brighthouse digital 81). Expect to see repeated telecasts through out the following week. We will be moving forward with our cable partners to post games On-Demand for subscribers. MORE: HomeTown Sports Indiana is a division of HomeTown Television Corporation (Noblesville, IN). Our yearly production of more than 300 high school, college and professional sports for television and webcasting supports our tag line as "Indiana's Most Prolific Producer of Televised Sports". Most recently, HomeTown has produced the GLVC Mens and Womens Basketball Tournament and the Missouri Valley Womens Basketball Championships. We master control digitial channel 81 for Comcast and Brighthouse cable as HomeTown Sports Indiana. Our sister company, Webstream Productions, is the nation's leading producer of national collegiate championships for the web originating nearly 400 webcasts yearly. CONTACT: Rick Vanderwielen - President HomeTown Sports Indiana

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