The Mountain West Network is revolutionizing the way fans of the conference, including those at Nevada, are able to track their teams. Live games for all sports not just revenue producers like football and basketball are being streamed to phones, iPads, computers and television screens at no charge.
hosting boosters for dinner the night before the Nevada football team played at Colorado State in November, but he couldn't help but keep checking his phone.
That's because the Wolf Pack basketball team was hosting Pacific back in Reno in its season opener.
Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, now with the Detroit Lions, is even a fan.
"I've heard from fans that the basketball games look a lot better now, and it's absolutely true," said Ryan Jerz, the Wolf Pack's director Puma Release Dates 2017
"It's great exposure, for sure," Jerz said. "When we did broadcasts prior to the Mountain West Network, we would get a few dozen people watching certain games and maybe a couple hundred for really good games. In volleyball, we were getting a couple hundred this year where we were looking at 50 in the past. We got over 500 when Colorado State came to town since they were a nationally ranked team."
The Mountain West Network was created 14 months ago. (RGJ file)
The conference spent $40,000 in equipment for each school, including four state of the art HD cameras, a Mac laptop, tripods, cabling and licenses/software. Live productions are streamed in high definition, with multiple camera angles. The radio feeds are typically piped into the broadcasts, too.
It's giving fans more access to teams regardless Puma Running Trainers of where they live. You could watch a Wolf Pack baseball game from Denver, a Wolf Pack softball game from Chicago or a Wolf Pack soccer game from Miami.
Building the network
The UNLV Fresno State football game in October had more than 82,000 viewers. The Nevada Colorado State football game had more than 10,000 viewers. And it's not just football. New Mexico's men's soccer match against Penn State, an NCAA Sweet 16 showdown, drew nearly 9,000 viewers.
Last June, the Mountain West Board of Directors gave the OK to sink some money into the network. The MWC purchased nearly $450,000 in equipment for its 11 full time members and Kurtz visited each school over a six week period for a quick training session. The results so far have been terrific.
In years past, Knuth would have had to rely on text messages or phone calls to get updates on the big basketball game. But thanks to the Mountain West Network, a 14 month old digital network that is beginning to gain traction, Knuth was able to watch the Wolf Pack play live. On his phone. For free.
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Jerz has hired eight UNR journalism students to help produce the live events. The Wolf Pack also has live streamed pre and post game media conferences. Jerz estimates that Nevada has done about 60 live events, including 10 soccer matches, 15 volleyball matches and 15 basketball games.
Last season, Kurtz was a one man show, producing feature stories and post game reports from the league's biggest events. Over the past six months, the network has taken a huge step forward.
All of the Wolf Pack conference games, even in sports like softball, are available for free on the Mountain West Network. (Andy Barron/RGJ)
"We were able to tell these kids that we have a full on live sports broadcast situation," Jerz said. "We have students directing cameras, camera guys taking that direction and hitting the shots, people running graphics on the screen. They do every single job and that's the best experience in broadcast production that you can get. We give them some on the job training and let their creativity go a little bit."
The Fresno State UNLV football game in October drew more than 82,000 viewers worldwide on the Mountain West Network. (USA Today Sports)
The Mountain West Network began just 14 months ago with the hiring of Jesse Kurtz, a veteran television broadcaster in Colorado who was hired as the network's executive producer.
our fans, for recruits, for everybody who has interest in Wolf Pack athletics," Knuth said. "The exposure and the visibility we have now is unmatched. I don't know a time, in our history at least, that we've ever had this kind of visibility."
"I thought if we got 20 or 30 games that might be a win in year one," Kurtz said. "Right now, we're over 700 events and we still have a lot of season left to go. We're well beyond where I thought we'd be after four months. As a result, games that weren't being broadcast last year are now streaming free over the Mountain West Network, which is available on phones, iPads and computers. Technologically savvy fans can stream to their TV.
Jerz said an added bonus has been the Wolf Pack's ability to give UNR students on the job training. Students typically earn $25 per game Jerz has a budget of $10,000 for the season but more important than money has been giving these students the ability to build their rsums.
Mountain West Network proving to be a
"You can catch a game if you at a restaurant or on vacation anywhere in the world," said Mike Samuels, Nevada's associate athletic director for marketing. "It's a huge benefit in encouraging fans to be involved and it gives them an opportunity to be a part of what we're doing. It's not just football or men's basketball now. You can see any sport from anywhere and that's been great."
of electronic media, who has taken the lead on this project locally.
One of the biggest differences for Nevada has been the ability to stream to mobile devices. Last season, Nevada was able to stream to computers but not phones or iPads. It also cost fans money and wasn't as high in quality. The MWC equipment has helped increase the reach and quality of the broadcasts.
"It's a game changer in a lot of ways, for me, for our coaches, for Puma Ducati Shoes
"The analytics show that people are watching this stuff," Kurtz said. "It's kind of giving fans an inside pass to things they've never been able to see before. It offers you a chance to reach people across the world. Our analytics show that there are people watching in Japan, Australia, Russia, Ukraine. People are watching women's basketball and volleyball and it's taken off a lot quicker than I ever thought it would."
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