The British Columbia Football Conference announces that the conference will stream on PPV the remaining Westshore Rebels home games, beginning with this weekend’s first place showdown with the Okanagan Sun.
While the other 5 BCFC teams already stream their home games either free or on PPV the Rebels had decided the club would not stream until at least 2017 to ensure they would be able to provide a reliable and quality broadcast.
The combination of the Rebels being all but assured of hosting at least one play-off game this October, along with this weekend’s mammoth game against the undefeated Okanagan Sun made the conference decision to move ahead with streaming.
BCFC President Gord Johnson on the leagues decision;
“Video streaming of games is more and more prevalent in amateur sports today, to the point where it is really expected at the junior level. But we also understand the Rebels concerns about wanting to do the broadcast right and waiting.
“The conference has long talked about the concept of either handling, or working in conjunction with our teams to provide a standardized broadcast for all clubs.
“This pilot project, so to speak will go a long way to seeing how all our team broadcasts may evolve next season.”
While there are different models of PPV or free streaming for junior and university sports, Johnson feels the decision to move forward with a PPV is the best option.
“We don’t want to potentially interfere with a home teams gate. If the game is free online, the chance of a fan staying home to watch increases. All our teams are volunteer run, and operate on tight budgets. They rely greatly on gate revenue.
“That, along with the fact the conference is handling the broadcast while the other 5 teams handle their own and we felt it was good business to at least cover the costs of the broadcast.
“At the end of the day we want local fans in the stands supporting the home teams, with streaming being an opportunity for out of town fans of all clubs to watch.”
The Rebels regular season broadcast (Sept 10 & Oct 1) will be HD one camera at a PPV coast of $10 and can be viewed by visiting bcfootballconference.com
The Sept 1 game will tap into the Okanagan Sun radio broadcast that is heard an AM1150.ca in Kelowna.
The October 1 play by play will be handled by Adam Cordick of Touchdown BC
An announcement regarding BCFC play-off games, the Rebels as well as the other teams will be made before Sept 30.