What We Do and Why We Do It
For years, different kinds of media have given sports fans around the world the opportunity to follow their favorite teams: Newspaper, radio, TV and movies have revolutionized communication and entertainment.
Recently, a new technology has entered the media landscape; the internet. Large professional and major collegiate sports organizations were the first to take advantage of this new technology, and they began marketing their products in ways never before seen. With the explosion in popularity of mobile devices and other easy ways to access information, large sports organizations currently dominate the sports conversation.
This large scale model has come at a cost; smaller sports organizations, like high school sports and local amateur leagues, are largely left out of the conversation. SportsBeat aims to change that. High school sports are enjoyed by people from a community, and they represent a culture that is unique to that community. They also provide an educational and entertainment opportunity, and Oregon SportsBeat is here to promote these values.
A Brief History
To be clear, I love the Blazers and I think the Timbers are great too. But I’m tired of hearing the same story with the same boring corporate tone told over and over and over. I want sports stories that are meaningful, entertaining, insightful, and relevant.
Newspapers across the state do a fine job of covering a selection of local sports with some articles and pictures. But our athletes deserve the finest representation, and fans deserve the best viewing experience- so I created SportsBeat.
It started in 2012 as a live cable television sports show in Portland, featuring call-in interviews with coaches of local stand-out programs and break-out teams.
The popularity of the show attracted many talented people who shared a passion for their community and sports in general. By 2013 SportsBeat was a live, one hour, weekly television show, with in-studio interviews featuring local players and coaches achieving success in their fields of play.
In 2014, SportsBeat began offering production services to athletic programs: SportsBeat’s live, multi-camera, high definition broadcasts with announcers and graphics were promoting our local athletes at a level before seen only on large network sports channels.
Today, SportsBeat is the leader in live, local sports broadcasting in Oregon. We are proud to be able to represent our athletes at the highest level possible, promote great teams and programs, and showcase the unique communities throughout our state.
Post- Note (7/1/17)
Creating a bridge between what exists today and what is possible tomorrow has proven to be a great challenge. Progress is being made; SportsBeat is a great team of dedicated, smart, visionary people who are an inspiration to work with. Persistence, patience, and planning have made progress possible. In 2017/2018 we are on pace to broadcast over 200 live events, we will represent over a thousand athletes, and we will reach over 100,000 fans.