By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (NAIA Network - Click HERE) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and NeuLion have announced the video-streaming schedule for the 2014 Spring NAIA National Championships. The following events will offer live video streaming on the NAIA Network located on www.NAIA.org: NAIA Tennis National Championships; NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships; NAIA Softball World Series and the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series. There will be nearly 40 baseball and softball combined games, over 35 hours of track and field, and one day of tennis action available for the user.
Information on ESPN3 coverage on baseball will be announced during the week of May 19.
The championship finals of the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships from Mobile, Ala., will be carried live on May 17. The entire day’s event is a free stream and begins at 9 a.m. CDT with the women’s final. The men’s championship is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. There will be three cameras covering the action, with live commentary providing highlights and recaps at the Mobile Tennis Center.
For the first time, the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will be offered on the NAIA Network. The event will be hosted by the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission from May 22 – 24 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. There will be four cameras covering the action with live commentary.
All 19 games from the NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., will be offered to the fan. Competition begins on May 23 and goes through May 29 from the South Commons Softball Complex. The format is double-elimination with 10 teams competing for the 34th annual title. The Columbus Sports Council serves as the hosts for the second-straight year.
The Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series will be streamed on the NAIA Network from May 23 – 27 in Lewiston, Idaho. The first 16 games from Harris Field will be carried on the NAIA Network by clicking here. The semifinals and championship final from May 28 – 30 are scheduled to be carried live on ESPN3 – to get more ESPN3 information, click here. Ten teams, including host school Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), will battle it out in a double-elimination format from Harris Field.
"We are happy to offer NAIA fans this exciting opportunity to watch four of the Spring National Championships on the NAIA Network," said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “We again look forward to partnering with our official video-streaming platform provider, NeuLion, to increase the visibility of our national championships and enhance the student-athlete experience.”
During live streaming of these winter events, the user can watch live statistics on the same screen and have the opportunity to view Twitter feeds as well. The NAIA and NeuLion have partnered for the last eight seasons. For more information, including how to test your computer and internet connection, click here.
"NeuLion is excited to cap off another successful year partnering with the NAIA by streaming the spring season of live championship events," said Ed O'Brien, Vice President of NeuLion College. "Our partnership experienced tremendous success together all year and we look to continue delivering high value experiences to NAIA fans for the spring championships."
NeuLion is the NAIA’s digital media partner and official video-streaming company of 17 select NAIA National Championship events. NeuLion is a global leader in delivering live and on-demand multimedia content via the Internet on any Internet-enabled devices. The College Division of NeuLion is devoted exclusively to college athletics. With more than 175 collegiate partnerships, NeuLion’s technology provides colleges and universities with the ability to connect with fans through a suite of digital services, including web hosting, integrated video player, fan support, digital marketing, ticketing solutions and live streaming services.
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NAIA National Championship Live Video-Streaming Schedule via NeuLion – 2014 Spring events
(subject to change)
• NAIA Men's & Women's Tennis National Championships: May 17; Free; men’s and women’s finals only
• NAIA Men's & Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championships: May 22-24; $5.95; app. 22 hours
• NAIA Softball World Series: May 23-29; $9.95 / day; $29.95 / entire championship
• Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series: May 23-27; $9.95 / day; $29.95 / entire championship