BOSTON, Mass. - With the start of 2014-15 season less than a month away, the Beacons Broadcast Network along with the Little East Conference is proud to announce a new web streaming partnership with Stretch Internet. This new partnership will allow UMass Boston to produce true High Definition webcasts, as well as offering a new enhanced game day experience for all fans of Beacons athletics.
Just like previous years, the Beacons Broadcast Network will offer free webcasts for men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, indoor track and field, baseball, softball, and lacrosse.
Little East Conference Commissioner Cora H. Brumley announced the partnership at the end of July, making Stretch Internet the conference's official web streaming partner. With the three-year partnership, the Little East becomes the first NCAA athletic conference in New England to sign with Stretch and feature its innovative GameCentral 2.0 platform.
“The Little East Conference has historically led the way for NCAA Division III in conference-wide web-streaming and Stretch Internet's GameCentral 2.0 launches us to the next level,” said Brumley. “This partnership leverages our digital ‘front porch’ to provide our membership a comparative advantage in the student-athlete experience, fan engagement, institutional recruitment and increases external revenue opportunities all while optimizing our in-house talent.”
Little East institutions, along with the conference office, will feature their own GameCentral 2.0 portals designed by Stretch. The portals will combine all aspects of the in-game fan experience, including social media feeds and live statistics, into one fan-friendly outlet that can be viewed on any mobile device or computer. GameCentral 2.0 will also allow fans to view multiple LEC broadcasts simultaneously.
"I really believe this is an extraordinary opportunity for both the Little East Conference and Stretch Internet," said Stretch Internet President Ryan Ermeling. "It was obvious from our very first meeting with Commissioner Brumley in San Diego last January that the Little East is passionately devoted to excellence in every arena. Our new GameCentral 2.0 platform will provide just the vehicle for the conference and its institutions to achieve that excellence in multimedia. Fans will enjoy an unparalleled game-day experience that truly is going to build loyalty, brand and excitement."
Stretch Internet, based in Gilbert, Ariz., was founded in 2003 by a former college athletics media relations professional who saw a need to provide affordable, high-quality streaming to college and university athletic departments. Since its formation more than 11 years ago, Stretch has expanded to provide services for more than 500 colleges and universities, collegiate conferences, high schools, organizations and non-sports entities. A devotion to utilizing innovative streaming technologies and providing a first-class presentation – backed by the best customer support in the business – have helped Stretch Internet become one of the largest and most respected streaming media specialists in the industry.