Story by Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the first time in its 76-year national championship history, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will offer a live video-stream of the NAIA Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving National Championships and NAIA Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships. Those two broadcasts will showcase hundreds of student-athletes with a free, live video and audio stream.
Swimming & Diving and Track & Field will join the regular winter line-up of the wrestling and all four basketball national championships. The NAIA is partnering with NeuLion and the broadcasts can be seen on the NAIA Network, at www.NAIA.org. The 57th annual men's and 33rd annual women's swimming & diving national championships kick-off the postseason with a four-day event, Feb. 27 - March 2, from Oklahoma City, Okla. The indoor track & field national championships run Feb. 28 - March 2 from Geneva, Ohio. All championship sessions will be available on the NAIA Network.
The 56th annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships from Des Moines, Iowa, occur March 1 - 2. The NAIA Division II Men's & Women's Basketball National Championships run March 6 - 12, with the Division I Men's and Women's National Championships taking place March 13 - 19.
The NAIA Network gives fans access to complete live video coverage of select national championships. In addition, fans have the opportunity to watch championship game archives, championship game highlights and feature stories. During live streaming of basketball championships, the user can watch live statistics on the same website screen and have the opportunity to view Twitter feeds as well.
"We are very excited to offer our fans live streaming of the swimming and diving and track and field national championships for the first time in NAIA history," said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. "Adding those two events to the winter schedule will place all seven winter national championships on the NAIA Network. We look forward to partnering with NeuLion, which is vital to increasing the visibility of our national championships and the student-athlete experience."
For the wrestling national championships, the finals session approximately 7 to 9 p.m. CST March 2 will be video-streamed. In addition to championship bouts, the awards ceremonies for each weight class will be broadcast as well.
The first 30 games of the Division II men's and women's basketball national championships will be streamed live. The Division II women's event will take place in Sioux City, Iowa at the Tyson Events Center. The men's championship is held in Point Lookout, Mo., at the College of the Ozarks. The first 30 games of the Division I women's basketball championship will be broadcast from the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky. The first 28 games of the Division I men's basketball championship can be seen on the NAIA Network from Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
"We are extremely excited to be participating in a historical first with the NAIA," said Ed O'Brien, Vice President of NeuLion College Division. "Our partnership has continued to grow each year and we look forward to providing fans with a digital outlet to view these two events online for the first time ever."
NeuLion is the NAIA's digital media partner and official video-streaming company of 12 select NAIA National Championship events. Each national championship event can be viewed on the NAIA Network. The NAIA and NeuLion have partnered together for the last seven seasons. For more information, including how to test your computer and internet connection, click here.
NeuLion is a global leader in delivering live and on-demand multimedia content via the Internet on any Internet enabled device. 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.
Look for more information at a later date on the upcoming spring live-streaming schedules. Click here for all video-streaming information, including how to subscribe to the broadcast.
NAIA National Championship Live Video-Streaming Schedule - 2013 Winter events
(subject to change)
- Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving National Championships: Feb. 27 - March 2
- Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships: Feb. 28 - March 2
- Wrestling National Championships: March 1 - 2 *
- State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship: March 6 - 12 ^
- Division II Men's Basketball National Championship: March 6 - 12 ^
- Division I Women's Basketball National Championship, presented by KentuckyTourism.com: March 13 - 19 ^
• Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship: March 13 - 19 %
* Indicates the video-streaming will be for the National Championship finals on March 2 beginning at 7 p.m. CST
^ Indicates the video-streaming will be for the first 30 games
% Indicates the video-streaming will be for the first 28 games