Linton-Stockton High School has changed its mind and won't allow its boys and girls varsity and junior varsity basketball games to be live streamed on the Internet.
The Greene County Daily World made an offer to all area schools to provide the equipment to live stream the home games at www.gcdailyworld.com, and also allow students to do the broadcasts as a learning experience.
Even though the newspaper has live streamed two girls games, Linton-Stockton Athletic Director Charlie Karazsia said the school has changed its decision.
He cited the reason as being that boys coach Joey Hart and girls coach Brad McKinney were concerned that the games would be archived. He added that the coaches felt opposing coaches could use the videos for scouting purposes.
Karazsia said the coaches liked the idea of live streaming, but wanted the archives cleared by midnight of game night.
"The reason we want to archive the games is because of the fans, relatives and the participants themselves. If someone can't make it to a certain game, they can watch it later. How great would it be for a team member to sit with his/her family the day after the game and watch it together," Greene County Daily World Publisher Randy List said.
List offered to clear each game from the archives a week after it was played, but the school declined the offer.
Karazsia said he would agree to a day after the game, but List said, "That's not enough time to allow relatives and fans to watch the game."
Linton joins Shakamak and White River Valley in declining the newspaper's offer. Union doesn't have Internet access in its gym.
"I'm very disappointed Linton has changed its mind," List said. "Coaches will continue to scout in person, and trade tapes with each other. Coaches also share scouting reports.
"We don't want to hurt the Linton programs in any way. I want to emphasize that ... we don't want to hurt their programs. But scouting will continue no matter if the games are archived or not. We feel this decision hurts the Linton fan base and more importantly, the young men and women at the schools."
Bloomfield and Eastern Greene home boys and girls games can be found at www.gcdailyworld.com . The first Eastern Greene game is tonight when the girls play against Bedford North Lawrence. Bloomfield's next home game is a girls game on Tuesday against Shakamak.
"Yes this is a business venture for the newspaper, but it's also a learning tool for the schools. We purchased all the equipment necessary to do the live streaming, so there was no expense to the school. It also gives students a great opportunity to learn about broadcasting," List explained.
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Below are comments from what some schools and fans are saying about live streaming at their schools in central and southern Indiana. The schools currently live streaming include: South Putnam, Cloverdale, Greencastle, North Putnam, Clay City, and Northview. The comments came from www.bannergraphic.com
"I just hope it's going to be another way to showcase our school and our kids. It will be a way for grandparents who don't live close by to see their grandson or granddaughter's games."
"I think we all need to start thinking of our community and how they get information in more non-traditional ways. This definitely fits in with that. Our community is not traditional anymore."
"It's really amazing what we can do now. It's a testament to the superintendent, school board, athletic director and coaches that we are able to be a part of this."
"We're just starting out now, but hopefully at some point we'll have more kids involved and be able to do different things. I'd like to see something where we kind of do an actual sportscast ... where one kid is running the camera and another is sitting at a laptop with the game going on behind him, giving a play-by-play."
"First off, it's educational for them. It's a benefit for the kids to learn how to utilize the wireless connection the school has and to see what we can do with it. Secondly, this is a way they can give back to the community."
"Dependent on copyright laws, we've talked about doing plays and musicals. We may even do choir concerts."
"The videos would be archived so that people who weren't able to see the game or play as it was going on can pull it up later."