While the agreement includes broadcasts of every Reinhardt football game during its inaugural season, sports information director Jason Hanes was quick to point out that the deal will encompass much more. Reinhardt will be able to broadcast all of its sporting events played on campus, and many of those on the road as well.
“Because of us being on with Stretch, we are going to be able to do more with football,” Hanes said. “(Football) was an important factor, but it wasn’t the deciding factor by any means.”
In a release, Reinhardt athletic director Bill Popp said he hopes the partnership lasts for years to come.
“While the previous Internet companies that we have worked with have been satisfactory in some aspects, we truly believe Stretch Internet will help get Reinhardt Athletics to the next level,” Popp said. “It was very important to us to keep this a free service for the parents of our student-athletes and the rest of the (Reinhardt) family.”
The Appalachian Athletic Conference recently approved Stretch as its provider of broadcast services and allowed each university to choose its level of involvement. Hanes said that Reinhardt went with a mid-level package, meaning the university will be able to broadcast its sporting events, but not other campus events, such as concerts at the Falany Performing Arts Center.
“The AAC presidents agree that this was the company to go with, and we are all free to negotiate with them,” Hanes said. “We went with the level that was the best for us we felt. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles. We didn’t go for the option that was every single thing on campus. We went with the one that was everything single thing in athletics.”
Hanes believes Stretch will be an upgrade from the service the university used previously.
“When you are watching or listening to a broadcast, you will actually be able to see the live stats,” Hanes said. “It will be at the same time, in the same window, so you don’t have to find another site and open another window to do that.”
Fans will also be able to access all of the video and audio broadcasts using various mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads and most Android devices.
In conjunction with the broadcast announcement, the university also stated that John Morgo had signed on to be the play-by-play voice for the Eagles’ home football games.
Morgo has broadcast experience in the metro-Atlanta area, working for Georgia Public Broadcasting and Georgia Perimeter College.
“We have always been looking at getting a broadcaster,” Hanes said. “Just because of the way staff is at our place, we needed to go outside to get someone to help with the broadcasting aspect. We found a very competent broadcaster in John Morgo to help do that for us.”
Hanes, who also has broadcasting experience, will provide the play-by-play for road games, including Reinhardt’s opener at Mercer.
Because it will be easier to follow the Eagles on the road, Hanes feels it will be good for the fan base.
“In a case like the Mercer game, we don’t really have any tickets available at all,” Hanes said. “The only way that you will be able to follow it is through some broadcast, whether it is through us or something Mercer provides. So, it almost pays off in just the first game.
“But it’s than just access to football. We will do basketball at home and work out a package for some road games. We are going to work it out with baseball and softball to do games at home and on the road as well. So, football is an aspect of it, but it’s much more than that.”