NDBowling.com launched in October of 2012 with an idea to help bring bowlers and bowling centers together. Through the use of posted tournament dates, timely updates, and tournament results, NDBowling.com quickly became a go-to source for everything bowling in the region. Fast forward to 2014 and the mission of NDBowling.com was still the same. However, the main goal was to create a live streaming service to help bowlers, friends, and family members stay connected with one another.
I’m not going to lie, when I started thinking about a live streaming service, I had no idea where to start. I didn’t have a background in broadcasting or media relations and my technological skills in relation to broadcasting equipment were pretty sparse. So, I did what anyone else would do and started watching numerous live streamed bowling events. PBA’s Xtra Frame, USBC’s BowlTV, and Mike Flanagan’s Insidebowling.com have paved the way for live streaming in bowling and have provided an inspiration for local entities like myself. By watching these shows, I developed a plan as to how I wanted webcasts on NDBowlTV to be presented. With that, I was off and running.
NDBowlTV launched in April of 2014 and has become an instant hit among bowlers in the upper midwest and in Canada. The NDBowlTV YouTube page has since gained over 100 subscriptions and 6000 views. In January of 2015, NDBowlTV provided a live webcast of 3 local major tournaments including the Manitoba Open, Morris Anderson Memorial Shootout, and the NDBowling.com Classic which provided exciting finishes and even a live 300 game. These 3 shows helped make January the most visited month in NDBowling.com history with over 5000 visitors and 13000 pageviews in 3 weeks.
NDBowlTV will continue to improve the experience for viewers by upgrading equipment as fundraising continues. This will allow us to have multiple cameras, on screen graphics, and replays. This summer, NDBowlTV will unveil a new sponsors incentive program. This will allow tournament directors to entice potential sponsors through NDBowlTV shows.
We will also be starting a ball review program over the next year. Ball reviews will be both written and on video. Keep an eye out for both on NDBowling.com and the NDBowlTV YouTube Page.
I would like to send a quick thank you out to all who have supported NDBowling.com through kind donations. You are what makes this all possible. The idea is to help increase interest in the sport of bowling and I feel like we have done that.
If you would like to sponsor NDBowling.com, NDBowlTV, or would like to have your tournament on NDBowlTV, please contact Daren Seney (Seney1987@gmail.com) for more information.
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