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Date Posted: 15:04:18 09/28/04 Tue
Author: inside
Subject: online broadcast

someone asked me to ask you guys this, did anyone listen to the broadcats last season for MBB? I know the quality of Sports Juice isn't that great, but it is free to listen to. The department is trying to decide if they should stay with this avenue or go to the subscription based College sports Pass with CollegeSports.com. The Sports Pass would allow you access to a bunch of other schools too.

Ideas? Thought? This is the time to get it out there.

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[> Re: online broadcast -- J.J., 15:33:56 09/28/04 Tue

Personally, I think a free site is probably the best way to get the most people to listen to games, however if the quality is too poor its not worth it even if its free. My case in point was the UMass game, I listened on MassLive instead of Sportsjuice 'cus the quality was so poor (low volume and too much background noise). However, that being said I found most games that I listened to the sound quality was pretty good. If Sportsjuice can assure decent to good quality I'd stay with them. I mean in comparison, what is the sound quality of a 5,000 watt AM station anyway? Unless the Sports Pass is expected to be a big money maker for the school (which I doubt), I would probably shy away from it only because it limits your casual audience.

If the Sports Pass program is going to cost CCSU any significant cash for production, equipment, etc., then I'd say NO WAY!! I donít see the return on investment. The $ would better be spent buying a TV game like QU does, or adding collegesports.com merchandising to the website like most other partners do, including MSM, SHU and QU.

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[> Re: online broadcast -- inside, 16:44:48 09/28/04 Tue

sports pass is free for CCSU because they are a collegesports.com memeber, that is why it is a possibility. But CCSU doesn't want to charge people to listen to games, so there lies the dilema.

If sportsjuice was good most of the time, the UMass game as an exception since everyone was still learning how to work it correctly, then maybe that is the way to go.

the merchandising is a bookstore issue, we don't even want to get into that right now. That's a topic for a different day.

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[> Re: online broadcast -- Larryl9797, 20:07:37 09/28/04 Tue

My 2 cents.
I thought that sports juice worked out pretty well. It was a little shaky in the early season. But the broadcasting got better and the quality stayed pretty decent for the duration.

I think that there are not many people that will pay to use this service. How many people listen to the games online anyway?

To bad CCSU cant create their own Streaming media server..

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[> Re: online broadcast -- inside, 09:35:26 09/29/04 Wed

ha, ha....you guys keep making me laugh today.

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