Posted by Paula Paine on March 13, 2013 in Alumni, Athletics, "Current Students", games, "Jeff Stamp", livestreaming, parents, "The College"
Jeff Stamp’s parents don’t watch every one of his football games from the bleachers of People’s Bank Field. But they do watch every game.
Stamp’s parents attend two or three of his games a year in person, and the rest they watch from the comfort of their home in Diamond Bar, California, thanks to the athletic department’s new livestreaming kit. The athletic department has been streaming video for three to four years now on www.kcacsports.com, as KCAC requires livestreaming and audio feeds for all conference football and basketball games. But, according to Athletic Director Arabie Conner, the department’s livestreaming equipment needed to be upgraded. That’s where Stamp’s father, Jim, came in. Jim secured a new camera, tripod, mixer, computer, and all of the necessary cables for the athletic department. “The image is much clearer and we can hear the play by play, making a much better viewing experience,” says Jim Stamp. Thanks to Jim’s help, almost all of the Braves athletic events are now livestreamed, so viewers can watch live conference games from virtually anywhere. “Livestreaming of these games is extremely impactful and appreciated by our student-athletes’ parents, friends, families, and fan bases that are scattered throughout the country,” says Conner. “We’ve had a lot of great feedback from fans near and far regarding the visual clarity and reliability of the streams.” The livestreaming functionality is also a great recruiting tool, says head women’s soccer coach Marc Gordon. “Livestreaming of our soccer matches has allowed us to have potential studentathletes see the women in action,” says Gordon. “In several cases, it has led to further interest and an eventual on-campus visit.” Conner agrees, adding that no matter where an athlete hails from, his or her parents can stay connected to the University through the livestreamingfunctionality. “It is a great recruiting tool to continue to attract top talent regardless of geographic location, as families who are far away can still see their son or daughter in competition,” says Conner. Families like the Stamps, who talk after every single game – regardless of the distance between. “I call my dad right after the game and usually talk to him and my mother about how it went and to catch up,” says Stamp. Besides athletics, Ottawa University is making use of livestreaming for a number of other purposes. Special guest speakers, concerts and conferences are often streamed during events and then hosted on OU’s livestreaming site, new.livestream.com/TheOttawaU, for viewing by those who were unable to attend.