Set the date! The upcoming Bassmaster Classic will be streaming live, online.
Traditionally, the Bassmaster Classic takes place with news of who's in first streaming out of the competition by bystanders, outdoors reporters, and live reports from Bassmaster.com. The rest of the nation finally gets to watch the tournament a few weeks later on ESPN2. This year however, will be an exception. Professional bass fishing is going live!
Starting at this years's Bassmaster Classic, and beginning at 9:00am on bassmaster.com, the tournament emcee, Dave Mercer, will be hosting the action on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd, until 11:00am. After that, Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona of Bassmaster TV, will take over for two more hours of coverage.
This new streaming technology consists of using cell phone signals to transmit video feeds which will be live each day of the event. Viewers will be able to follow along, cast by cast, as qualifiers in the Classic go head to head in their attempts to catch the largest daily limit.
According to Bassmaster.com, the signal will be switched to whoever is currently catching a fish, but generally focused on what the tournament leaders are doing. The signal can also be recorded so when there is no action, replays can show what was taking place during another live feed on another fisherman. Potentially, we will be able to watch a Classic competitor catch the bass that wins the whole thing.
This actually won't be the first time Bassmaster.com has tried this. Earlier in the year, they broadcasted two B.A.S.S. Brawls featuring Randy Howell and David Walker as well as Chris and Bobby Lane. These two-person competitions were broadcasted live and met with good reviews from the audience.
As you can see in this screenshot below from one of the Brawls captured here, this is what the feed will look like. It's time to get excited.
I don't know about you, but I will be there on February 20th, with coffee and a splash of bourbon in hand, just waiting on the action to start steaming live from my computer. Technology is a wonderful thing.