The Bangor Daily News, SportsNet Maine and the Digital Workshop have teamed up to stream live high school sports games and 90-second highlight clips on the BDN website beginning with Tuesday night’s boys basketball game between Messalonskee and Hampden Academy.
The live streams will be aired on bangordailynews.com/sports.
The recap will be made available on the BDN website the same night, and the games will be archived on a SportsNet Maine website, which is currently under development.
The broadcasts will be produced by Bangor-based Digital Workshop, which is owned by Kim Mitchell.
Jim Churchill, of SportsNet Maine, and Anthony Ronzio, director of news and audience for the Bangor Daily News, are looking forward to the venture.
“We’re excited to be working with SportsNet Maine to bring their live game coverage to bangordailynews.com,” Ronzio said. “Jim and Kim have a great product and a long-standing devotion to Maine high school athletics. When paired with our award-winning sports staff, they produce a top-level online broadcast available around the state, country and world.”
Churchill said it’s a “win-win-win for all the parties. The Bangor Daily News gets some video content at a time when we have a fast-paced world and people want access to information quickly on their phones, iPads and laptops because they’re on the move. This arrangement will allow that to happen.
“For us, we get access to the No. 1 website in the state of Maine for traffic. It’s great for us,” he added.
The games will also be shown on a tape-delayed basis on Time Warner Cable Channel 9, according to Churchill.
Churchill pointed out that his company has already dabbled in game coverage and they are “really focused on getting the product to a really good point. We’ve got a lot of new graphics and they will use three or four cameras for game coverage.
“There are many more upgrades and features on the way,” added Churchill, who intends to expand to include other sports programming in the near future like the high school basketball tournament preview on Feb. 12.
The current schedule includes games in the Greater Bangor area, but Churchill said he expects to expand to other areas, as well.
There will be one other game in January, the Mount Ararat at Bangor boys basketball game on Jan. 31, and several in February, including two high school hockey games.
The February schedule includes: 4 — Lawrence at Bangor boys basketball; 7 — Bangor vs. Brewer boys and girls basketball at Cross Center; 10 and 11 — possible play-in games; 12 — high school basketball tournament preview; 13 — Bangor-Brewer hockey at Alfond Arena; 17 — Lewiston at Bangor hockey.