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October 22nd, 2011 3:22 pm by Staff Report

Sports Live is a whole new ballgame

TimesNews.Net is now in the process of recruiting those students, parents and fans who are interested in tweeting basketball games for their schools.

It’s a whole new way to be at the game or, even better if you’re a sports fan, a lot of games at once.


This fall, TimesNews.Net launched Friday Night Football at TimesNewsLive, a page that showcases area high school football games. The games are tweeted in real time by students, parents and fans for their respective schools, and provide game highlights and score updates throughout the evening. Currently, 13 schools from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia are featuring their teams on Friday Night Football Live every Friday.


For fans, it provides the opportunity to keep up with what's going on at all the local games at the same time or, if they are totally passionate about one team, to know what’s going on at that game - even if they are not physically able to be there. Fans can follow from their desktop computer, laptop or smart phone. So if it’s too cold or rainy, or if you have to work, or if you’re running late, you’re still at the game with Friday Night Football Live.


"I was telling one grandmother about this a few days ago," said Diana Meredith, program director for the Times-News Tweet Team, "and she was delighted when she learned that she could follow her grandson’s game on Friday night, even when she was out of town on vacation. And even if you are able to be at the game, a lot of folks are sitting in the stands on Friday nights and following all the other area teams on Friday Night Football Live from their smart phones."


Moving forward, under the umbrella of Sports Live @ timesnewslive, TimesNews.Net plans to launch a tweet program for the upcoming basketball season and is now in the process of recruiting those students, parents and fans who are interested in tweeting basketball games for their schools.


"Our goal is to have tweeters for all area high school games. We would love to have someone from each school tweeting all their games – boys, girls, junior varsity, varsity. This is free exposure for all the school teams, and a great way to keep all their fans informed about what’s going on with their teams. All we need is someone who will agree to tweet the games as they are watching them," said Meredith. "And folks should not think that they can’t tweet. It is really as simple as sending a text message. If you can text, you can tweet. All you need is a cell phone. I know, because I’ve tweeted a game myself, and I’m the one who used to say I would never let go of my manual typewriter. Believe me, if I can tweet, anyone can."


Those interested in signing up to tweet for their teams should contact Meredith at dmeredith@timesnews.net or 423-723-1484; or Bill Robinson at brobinson@timesnews.net or 423-392-1356.


An informal organizational meeting for basketball season will be held Monday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Times-News' downtown offices, located at 217 Broad Street in downtown Kingsport. Anyone interested in learning more or signing up is encouraged to stop by during this time. All tweeters will be supplied a press pass to cover their team’s games.


In the future, Sports Live hopes to be covering all high school sports, as well as others.


"It would be wonderful if we could find someone interested in tweeting for their middle school teams, for example. We can cover it, if we just have that dedicated fan or group of fans who want to tweet for their teams," said Meredith.


To follow Friday Night Football, and other sports as they are developed, at Sports Live, go to www.timesnews.net/timesnewslive.

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