The WVSSAC Board of Directors has accepted a proposal by RSN Sports Network (RSNsports.com) and its president, Dana Ferrell, to enter into an agreement to video stream online state championship events during the 2012-2013 school term.
For more than a year, the administrative staff of the WVSSAC has been exploring options from various companies and decided to accept a one-year contract with Ferrell, according to a press release. The contract will be reviewed at the end of the year to determine if both sides wish to continue to develop more of a relationship.
Although state championship events to be broadcast have not been completely determined, Ferrell will immediately begin to focus on production costs and availability of venues to accommodate the equipment needed to provide both video and audio.
“This is the future in promoting state championship events,” said Gary Ray, WVSSAC executive director. “Almost every state across the country is exploring the benefits to the schools, coaches, athletes and fans.
“Working with RSNSports.com gives us the opportunity to promote our product not only within our state but around the world as well. We are going to proceed slowly and select a few events to broadcast either live or delayed. We are excited to work with RSNsports.com and see what might develop.”
“The future of broadcast video is taking place on the Internet,” Ferrell said. “We are equally excited to have the opportunity to showcase West Virginia’s finest prep events. RSN Sports recently announced a working agreement with The Media Center in Charleston that will provide a high level of video production capacity.
“We have committed to upgrades and new features that will make this a positive experience for the athletes, fans, the WVSSAC and their sponsors.”
More details will become available later, and a list of tournament events will be posted on both websites.