Basketball without boundaries

corey garriott

Washburn basketball is on display for all the world to see.

With the click of a mouse, someone in the deserts of Egypt could watch a game thanks to streaming video via the Internet.

Live streaming video of Washburn’s home conference games is available with a $4 purchase for each game through via a link from the homepage. The broadcast is produced by six Washburn students – Jeremy Forni, Chris Dolezilek, Nick Strahm, Wichulee Semachai, Orin Grammer and Kevin Dame.

“We would be hard-pressed to do this without the students,” said Brenda White, assistant director of instructional services, who oversees the administrative parts of the broadcast.

The students set up the equipment, run the cameras and direct the broadcast. The broadcast includes shots from three different camera angles and audio from WIBW radio’s broadcast.

White said that roughly 10 minutes before tip-off, the broadcast goes live. There is a 15 second delay, but that is because of how long it takes the stream to get to the server.

All conference games are available via streaming video on the Internet because every school in the conference does it, but there are only three conference home games left to catch Washburn’s broadcast. However, Washburn’s broadcasts of the games are archived on a day or two after the game, viewable free of charge. Football and volleyball games are also available for viewing as well.

Replays of the games are also broadcast on WUCT-13, Cox cable channel 13 in Topeka. Replays are Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Women’s games are first, followed by the men.

The streaming of Washburn basketball games is not just an excellent opportunity for those to watch the game who can’t see it in person, but also an excellent opportunity for those students who are producing it, according to Dale Rusche, production coordinator of instructional services.

“It’s been a great experience to do this with the students,” said Rusche, who oversees the technical parts of the production. “It’s a great opportunity for them to do live production.”

One of those students involved is Dame, a mass media major who has been involved since Washburn first started doing streaming video at the beginning of last semester for football.

And for Dame, it’s the unknown that keeps things interesting.

“That’s what’s awesome about doing live stuff,” said Dame. “You never know what’s going to happen, so you can’t ever be fully prepared.”

Dame said their first broadcast of Washburn football didn’t really have any glitches, yet as the basketball season winds down, their camera work and production skills have improved.

“That first game we didn’t really know what we were doing,” said Dame. “It’s definitely gotten a lot better I think. You’re actually getting TV quality on the internet.”

A small portion of the $4 fee goes to the university, so Washburn is benefiting as well.