NORTHERN NSW Football fans will be able to watch games online this season under a new agreement with Newcastle-based television company BarTV.
BarTV will film a game every round, plus finals, to be viewed online or throughout its network of hotels and clubs.
The Friday, April 4, season opener between Edgeworth and the Jets youth team at Jack McLaughlan Oval will be streamed live on the web.
Last season, BarTV filmed and distributed Newcastle Rugby League matches in pubs and clubs that subscribed.
A match of the round was streamed live at the Herald’s website, theherald爱上海同城论坛m.au, via the firmBLive.
“The National Premier League will be shared around for the first half of the season and then it will go to a traditional top-of-the-table clash, so if you’re not in the top five or six, you probably won’t get a game,” BarTV director Josh Mason said.
“But that could then open up as we know some clubs who will cover the cost to get their matches played anyway, so by week six or seven we’ll probably cover two or three, and possibly more, NPL matches.”
Live streaming of local sport events has grown quickly in popularity. Last year’s Newcastle Rugby League grand final between Western Suburbs and Kurri Kurri attracted an online audience of 7300.
NNSWF marketing and communications manager David Cromarty said it was important that local football gained a presence in live streaming.
“With the introduction of the NPL we thought it was probably a good opportunity to see how it goes, and it’s something to add to the professionalism of the NPL and build the profile of the league that way,” Cromarty said.
The footage would also be made available to clubs and through NNSWF’s social media channels.
“We’ll do a match of the round this year and get the feedback to see how it’s received and go from there.”
“The feedback that Josh [Mason] was giving us is there was a lot interest out there from a lot of people wanting football content as they were already carrying rugby union and the local rugby league, so ours was a notable omission.”
BarTV will also show one Black Diamond AFL match every weekend and will film all NRL matches this season, from under 18s through to first grade. Those games will be screened in selected pubs and clubs.