November 2, 2017 - Northwoods League (Northwoods)
Rochester, Minn. - The Bismarck Larks have been named the Northwoods League's Webcasting Team of the Year, and the Lakeshore Chinooks in the South Division and the St. Cloud Rox in the North Division have each been recognized for having the Best Webcast of the Year in their respective divisions.
"This year was without a doubt a very successful year for Northwoods League webcasting and television production, and that success was due in no small part to the efforts of the webcasting teams at each ballpark," said Northwoods League Executive Producer George Giles. "Bismarck's webcasting team consistently excelled in every area of the webcasting operation throughout the season, and that type of effort will help drive the Northwoods League's evolution going forward," said Giles. "And, the Best Webcast of the Year award is presented to a team in each division that is considered to have the best on-air coverage of a game, which typically means that their camera work, audio, graphics, and attention to detail is excellent," said Giles.
"What we find very gratifying is that the pursuit of excellence in this category is not limited to just one location, but is also the goal of all of our teams as you can see by the work of the Bismarck Larks, the Lakeshore Chinooks, and the St. Cloud Rox, all of which were recognized this year," said Northwoods League President Gary Hoover.
"The Northwoods League streams all of its games during the season, amounting to over 720 games during the approximately three-month long summer season, an impressive number for any organization and by any measure," said Vice President of Operations Glen Showalter, who directly oversees the Northwoods League's webcasting operations. "In 2017, the games that the webcast teams produced and streamed out to the subscription paying public could be watched utilizing Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Chromecast, in addition to viewing on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. No other summer collegiate league offers this kind of quality across so many platforms," said Showalter.
The Northwoods League has twenty teams in ballparks throughout the Midwest and each has a webcasting team consisting of at least two directors and three camera operators to cover each game. The webcasting teams streamed the games using a four camera HD configuration and upgraded webcasting equipment at all twenty of its ballparks in 2017, a project which had started in 2015 with the conversion of approximately half the teams to HD for the 2016 season.