December 2013 Archives

The Mountain West Network and NevadaWolfPack.tv

We know that the future includes broadcasting live sporting events whenever possible. For the past several years, the University of Nevada has been showing games online (on a site we named NevadaWolfPack.tv) so out of town fans, parents of athletes, and just about anyone else can watch games that they're unable to make it to here in Reno. The broadcasts came as part of a package that cost around $10/month or $80/year. We didn't like that it cost anything, but it was something we didn't have a whole lot of choice on at the time.

How to watch NevadaWolfPack.tv

When we moved to the Mountain West in the summer of 2012, the conference office talked about launching a better service that schools would be a part of. I was just going to take a little time to get it off the ground. As the spring of 2013 hit us, the discussion became serious and the conference announced to us that beginning in the fall, we'd be running with the new Mountain West Network.

Back in August we launched a completely renewed NevadaWolfPack.tv. As pointed out by the Reno Gazette-Journal's Chris Murray, the updated productions feature high definition broadcasts, multiple camera angles that are manned positions, meaning someone is there to move them, and on-screen graphics with clocks, when necessary, and score bugs. Without question, it has been a major upgrade in what we are able to give to our fans.

And the best part: it's completely free.

Since its inception, our goal for Nevada's participation in the Mountain West Network has been to show anything and everything we can. And we have done so. We showed every home volleyball match with one exception this season, every home soccer match, one home football game and have shown every home men's and women's basketball game so far. We also broadcast weekly press conferences by Coach Polian and Coach Carter postgame press conferences for football and men's basketball (we even were able to show several press conferences at road football games when the stadium internet connectivity allowed us to do so). All told, there have been over 70 events that we have broadcast. Each event then becomes part of an online, watchable archive so you don't have to miss a thing.

When the Pack is on the road, just about every conference game is also shown on the Mountain West Network. If it's not otherwise on television, it should be online, giving all fans in the Mountain West access to league-wide action.

In addition to being able to bring all of this to our fans, we have also been able to play a role in the mission of the university by acting as a learning environment for broadcast journalism students. Currently, we have eight students who participate in the productions. And they're not just taping things down and making coffee, either. Students run cameras, direct cameras, produce the broadcasts and run graphics. A couple have even tried their hand at some play by play. In short, the students are given some training on the job and they run the show.

Our hope in this area is to build a lasting partnership with the Reynolds School of Journalism, which would enable us to continue to offer a huge number of events while also giving students practical, real-world experience in broadcast production.

The experience for Nevada at this point has been a positive one. We're able to bring a lot of games to our fans while also improving the quality of what's associated with our name. We're also able to help students along the way with their education. We hope you'll help us out by watching and rotting Nevada on whether at home or on the road.

How to watch NevadaWolfPack.tv

Watching live events and games on NevadaWolfPack.tv is one of the coolest things that has changed with our revamped network. It's possible to watch online or on a mobile device. With the right equipment, you can even watch on your television. Here are a few ways you can make this happen.

Online, and mobile

This is the simplest way to watch. Simply navigate your web browser to either NevadaWolfPack.tv, which is a full web address, or go to NevadaWolfPack.com and click the button for NevadaWolfPack.tv:

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Once on the page, you'll see a listing of upcoming events and three buttons: Live, Upcoming, Archive. If an event has already started, you'll have to click the "Live" button to see it listed:

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Click the game you're interested in watching and the video layer will load. You'll have to click it again to start the stream, but you should be off and running from there. This is compatible with just about any browser on a desktop computer, and any mobile device that supports HTML5 video, which should be all of them at this point. This includes iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches and most Android devices.

On your television

In order to watch on your television, you'll have to have an AppleTV device connected. With AppleTV connected to the television and on a wireless connection with either your computer or mobile device, you can use what's called AirPlay to send the signal through AppleTV to your television. You'll want to look up how exactly to get this to work, as all home networks can be different, but once it is set up, it works like a charm. (Hint: you can use AirPlay to stream just about any video or audio content through your home entertainment system.)

We send every broadcast out as a 720p signal, so it will show up on your television as an HD quality picture. And believe me, it looks very good. It's simple enough to have a game up and running in just about a minute and you won't know you're not watching it on any other television network. I highly recommend it.

Swimmers spend time cooking at Ronald McDonald House

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University of Nevada swimmers Erin Fuss, Leslie Foley and Jocelin Drennan along with head coach Abby Steketee and assistant coach Steve Steketee volunteered for the Chef Program at the Ronald McDonald House over the weekend. 

The swimmers made chicken pot pies and cupcakes from scratch for the families staying at the house.  Adding a little touch to the pot pies were Mickey Mouse designs on top.  Coach supplied the ingredients and the swimmers supplied the culinary skills.

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Shipley Diamondbacks No. 2 prospect

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Baseball America named former University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley as the number two prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.  Another pitcher, Archie Bradley was named the top prospect in the organization.  Shipley became the highest drafted athlete in the history of the University of Nevada when he was selected 15th by the Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Shipley earned Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore after going 9-4 with a conference low 2.20 ERA.  After the Pack switched conferences to the Mountain West he was named the co-MW Pitcher of the Year.  In his junior season he was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA had 102 strikeouts in 107.1 innings on the mound.  The 102 strikeouts is the seventh best season in school history.

Somewhat ironic, Shipley spent his freshman season as the Pack's starting shortstop making just five appearances on the mound. He earned second-team All-WAC honors after batting .287 with seven doubles and 19 RBI.  After becoming the Pack's ace his sophomore season he progressed into a first-round MLB selection.

In three seasons he compiled a 17-7 record with a 2.79 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 216 innings on the mound.  The 203 strikeouts ranks sixth in school history and .708 winning percentage is ninth.

Shipley could once again pitch in Reno as the Diamondbacks triple-A affiliate is the Reno Aces.

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