CollegeBaseball360 Preps for NCAA Tourneys, College World Series

At the beginning of this year’s college baseball season, provided live streaming of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in St. Petersburg, Fl, kicking off the Web service’s second year of college baseball coverage.

The Website, launched in 2009, has been providing on-going game data, coach and player video interviews, polls, notebooks, and a player-of-the-week throughout the 2010 season. As the NCAA tournaments take place and teams move toward the College World Series (CWS), CollegeBaseball360’s continuing coverage will include a series of interviews with players, coaches, and fans sharing memories of Omaha, NE’s Rosenblatt Stadium,  scheduled for demolition after the series concludes.

“We will have interviews with CWS players and coaches the day before the CWS starts, and we will have post-game comments after every game throughout the series,” says Sean Stires, GM for the site and parent company College Sports Media. (CSM also produces syndicated radio series College Pigskin Blitz.)

Stires describes as an “informational site, supplemented with video. We look at video as unique content.” He calculates that video represents about 20% of what appears on the site. The site, he adds, was launched shortly before the 2009 college season and relaunched in September with a new design and format.

“We want to be as unique as possible with the content that we have,” he says. “There are certain things like polls that everyone is going to have.” When he covered the College World Series in 2009, he says, he conducted a number of player and coach interviews that were posted on the site. “People loved it. It was really popular.” This season, the site also added podcasts, “getting into more of a talk-show format with people who cover college baseball and having them on every week.”

Stires expects the site to continue to grow. The coverage of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in February marked the first time the site offered live streaming of games. Eight of the tournament matches were streamed (a ninth was rained out). He reports that more than 11,000 people watched those games, and he hopes to expand coverage with next year’s pre-season competition, perhaps doubling the number of games offered.

His goal is to make “one-stop shopping if you want to find out what’s going on in college baseball. There are 301 Division I teams. We try to find the most significant things happening every week.”

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