WHAT'S UP WITH BROADCAST FEES?
AUGUST 18, 2017 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
It’s football season, And once again KTC Broadcasting is planning to bring you the best coverage around. However, a portion of our coverage has been hindered by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and some local high schools. For the past four years, KTC broadcasting has been bringing you “live” video coverage of local high school football games. The high school athletic association voted to charge media streaming outlets such as KTC Broadcasting a $150 per game fee which meant that before we turned the power on to do the broadcast we have to cough up $900 in fees each week. Multiply that by 15 weeks and you’ll see how they are cutting into what we do.
On a Friday night, we employ approximately 30 people. In addition to salaries, there is internet fees and of course cell phone fees over we broadcast. Not to mention the engineering and cost of equipment. So you see, the future of live video streaming of sports could be in jeopardy. The High School Athletic Association has also levied a fee of $100 per game to stream baseball and basketball games as well. The Lincoln County Athletic Directors took it a step further and have voted to charge outlets such as ours $250 per game to do football instead of the $150 minimum fee set by the Association which eliminates any live streaming coverage of Lincoln County Schools.
North Gaston has elected to allow no video streaming at their school. Cherryville did the same last year. We will continue to bring you live video coverage of games played in Cleveland County. But our hands are tied in other areas. Some schools welcome the coverage of their school and student athletes. So our hands are tied. We will be able to bring you live audio coverage on all four of our network stations and online at ktcbroadcasting.com. Our Friday night coverage will begin with our Pre Game Show at 5:30 PM. Followed by stadium coverage at 7:00 PM and the post game show after the games. We thank you for your support and for watching and listening to high school football on KTC Broadcasting.
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