The New England Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-year partnership with Stretch Internet for the latter to serve as the official broadcasting home of the league beginning with the 2018 season, as announced today.
The NECBL, which has offered free audio and pay-per-view video for every regular season and postseason game for at least the last six seasons, will continue to do so with one of the most recognizable names in the industry. Stretch was founded in 2003 and is partnered with nearly 600 colleges and universities, high schools and professional sports organizations. The new union will assure that the league’s digital and broadcast media presence continues to rise while taking its streaming product to new heights within a sleek, modern and easy-to-navigate platform.
Each team will remain responsible for the production of their home games, which will include high definition video and play-by-play commentary. Other features included in Stretch’s partnership are:
• A viewing portal designed to provide an immersive experience for viewers
• A suite of over-the-top NECBL media service apps (OTT) giving Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Android TV users the ability to watch the NECBL Broadcast Network on their respective devices
• The “Highlight Grabber” feature to instantly tag and identify highlights during a live broadcast
• Responsive design that allows fans to access streams on any device – computer, tablet or phone – while enjoying an experience customized for their specific medium
• Social media integration
• Multi-stream viewing that allows fans to watch up to four games at the same time
• DVR functionality
“The New England League continues to pride itself as a leader in summer collegiate baseball and remains one of the very few leagues in the country to broadcast every game,” Commissioner Sean McGrath stated. “On behalf of our 13 organizations throughout New England, we are very excited to partner with an industry leader like Stretch to deliver our exciting season to our fans around the country. In addition to continuing to stream our games to all traditional devices, we are looking forward to delivering our games through our NECBL OTT apps, which is truly a historic accomplishment for our league. We will continue to provide the ability to watch some of the best college baseball players from the biggest schools around the country who are on the road to becoming professionals, which is something we pride on at all levels in this league.”
Fans will be able to select from several subscription options, ranging from access to all league games on specific time frames. Pricing and subscription options will be finalized in the near future and will be announced then.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NECBL and bring its fans a full-fledged league-wide network,” said Ross Dunham, Partnership Strategist from Stretch Internet. “Backed by our support team, our portal experience and apps on OTT platforms such as Apple TV will enhance the exciting product the league brings to the field every summer!”