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Live streaming and visiting fan attendance

Posted: 1/15/2014 2:05 PM

Live streaming and visiting fan attendance 


As you know, the MAC website is live streaming all conference basketball games.  I was wondering how you felt about that.   I for one have something close to mixed feelings.  I used to travel to a lot of away games and enjoyed visiting each school’s arena.  I can still remember years ago driving to Akron, watching the game and then driving home in a snow storm getting back in the wee hours of the morning.  I have also been down to Muncie and back in one evening.  It has always been an adventure.  But that has changed big time since the MAC began making the games available on line.  For example, tonight we play at Bowling Green.  I have driven down to BG a number of times to watch a basketball game but now that’s a little hard for me to do knowing the game is available on my computer.  So, I have decided to stay home this time even though I would like to see the new Stroh Center.  I was wondering what impact this has had on fan attendance at each game – I’m talking about visiting or away fan attendance?  I have to believe there are few fans traveling to away games these days and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.  However, in our case the up side is those living far away from Michigan who are unable to attend any games, home or away, can now follow the Chips all season at no cost.   

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Posted: 1/15/2014 2:12 PM

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If you truly love college basketball, there is nothing like being in attendance.  TV and announcers only catch so much.  They focus on the ball.  I enjoy that, but also like watching other aspects of the game.  Watching the action away from the ball can be more educational, interesting.  You can see players trying to set up screens, the grabbing, clutching, and if lucky hear them talking.  I like sitting behind the bench.  You can see coaches working the officials, talking to players not on the floor, explaining what they need to have happen and why.  Again, if you are lucky.

For me, MAC streaming is terrific.  Not many CMU games played on the west coast.
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Posted: 1/15/2014 2:13 PM

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for me i just cannot travel on weeknights, i work usually later and start earlier in the am and i just cannot swing it so i am glad to see the games online. Also it allows me to spend some time with my son (3 yrs old) and get him into CMU through watching the games.

I see how it can be a negative though for those fans like yourself who used to travel a lot to away venues.


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Posted: 1/15/2014 2:16 PM

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If anyone does want to see a good game tonight without a drive, head to McGuirk and watch one of the best teams in recent CMU history, the Girls Basketball team!
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Posted: 1/15/2014 3:51 PM

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Free streaming by the MAC is a very good thing....
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Posted: 1/16/2014 10:27 AM

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It is great they are streaming the games on the website, and hopefully people will take advantage of it. But as someone who has been to ever MAC school besides Ohio and Buffalo, and I did do Marshall before they left, while I was a student, it is a lot of fun going there, and meeting fans and having some fun with the other team fans. Of course I have a much different schedule as a 31 year old married father of two then I did when I was a single college student, so driving down to Munci and back on a Wednesday night is pretty much out these days. Proud to be a Chippewa.
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Posted: 1/16/2014 2:33 PM

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I do have one question.  Why does the MAC stream for free when the schools providing the feed CHARGE to watch it?   banghead  How does this make sense to anyone???
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Posted: 1/16/2014 5:35 PM

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I think CMU's sportszone includes more than just basketball/football...I don't know if the MAC site streams the less visible sports also.
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