SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Tuskers are ready for primetime.
Somers is the latest local school district to contract the services of LocalLive, a Connecticut-based company that allows friends, family members and fanatics to watch their favorite varsity sports teams from the comfort of their own home.
The free service will also be used to broadcast concerts and other special events, like graduation.
Watch Somers games on LocalLive.tv
The Somers School District has contracted LocalLive to install high-definition cameras in the high school auditorium, at the turf field, and in the main gym. The cameras are controlled remotely.
Financial details of the agreement were not immediately available.
There are other benefits for players and coaches. All broadcasted games will be archived on LocalLive’s website, making it easier to review game footage. It also allows players to make highlight reels for use in recruiting.
Other area districts, such as Lakeland and Mahopac, have also contracted LocalLive to broadcast their homes games, meaning certain Somers road games will also be available online.
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, in Somers, also broadcasts games through LocalLive.
Cameras are installed and controlled remotely by “game producers” who are trained and hired by LocalLive, explained Kevin Devaney Jr., vice president of digital content.
They can be anywhere in the country and operate the PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras by connecting an Xbox controller to their computer.
The game producers are paid per game and their skills are rated by LocalLive. The better the rating, the more jobs and high-profile games they get.
The company was founded in the spring of 2017 by Nelson Santos, who is also CEO.
“We have grown from 10 schools in 2017 to 30 in 2018 to 80 in fall 2019,” said Devaney, a former reporter for The Journal News and MSG Varsity.
“We have schools in 15 states,” Devaney added, with the largest focus in southern New York, northern New Jersey and Fairfield County (Connecticut).
Roman Catalino, the district’s athletic director, said it “gives the opportunity for friends and family members who can’t get to a game, awards ceremony or a concert to be able to watch events even if they can’t physically be there.
“It’s something that I think is great for our community,” he added.