HiCast Sports Network Delivers Unique Digital Fan Experience to $9B Youth Sports Market

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A team of entrepreneurial parents has launched HiCast Sports Network, a game-changing, subscription-based social broadcast company which allows youth athletes, their coaches, families and friends to view sporting events at top venues across the nation and share the Moments That Matter™ anywhere, anytime, on any device. The social broadcast company recently captured viral video of a 10-year-old’s leap over the catcher to steal home base that was viewed by millions of fans.

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"The world of media is shifting and HiCast Sports is thrilled to be leading the way for youth sports. We are literally putting the game into the hands of users,” said Stephanie Calabrese, HiCast co-founder and chief brand officer.

A team of entrepreneurial parents has launched HiCast Sports Network, a game-changing, subscription-based social broadcast company which allows youth athletes, their coaches, families and friends to view sporting events at top venues across the nation and share the Moments That Matter™ anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Company cameras recently captured 10-year-old Salvatore Catanzaro’s amazing corkscrew leap over the catcher to steal home base at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY. The HiCast Sports mobile app made it possible for the video clip to go viral but, more importantly, it allowed Catanzaro’s father to see the play since he was at work during his son’s game.

“What happened at Baseball Heaven in New York is precisely the reason we created the HiCast Sports Network,” said Stephanie Calabrese, HiCast co-founder and chief brand officer. “As a parent, there were plenty of times when I couldn’t make it to my son’s games and I’d rely on other parents to update me with the score and any memorable moments. Even when I was on site with my camera, the best plays always seemed to happen when I least expected them and I’d miss some or all of it. We thought, ‘why not automate this by having a camera focused on the field the whole time? This would let parents just enjoy the game but still save and share the highlights that mattered most.’ Because HiCast was filming Baseball Heaven’s June game, the Catanzaro family can now replay and share Salvatore’s amazing leap of faith over and over again.”

The HiCast Sports Network offers an automated, turnkey video technology solution for venue owners and managers who want to provide the ultimate player and fan experience, reach more viewers, engage with fans beyond their stands through shared game highlights via social media, support coaching and player development, and better manage their facility. The HiCast Sports Network installs and maintains a fixed, remote-monitored video camera solution that delivers games live and on-demand. Users get to experience game content not covered by traditional media outlets, and delivered through the HiCast Sports mobile app or web viewer. The app makes it easy for users to not only see the whole game, but to save, trim, zoom and share their Moments That Matter in clips or highlight reels.

“The world of media is shifting from being passive, where fans used to wait for the game to come on, to today’s user-empowered media climate and HiCast Sports is thrilled to be leading the way for youth sports,” Calabrese said. “We are literally putting the game into the hands of users. Fans can watch the whole game when and where they want, or get right to the play that’s most important to them and we give them a personal use license to share those memories.”

“Perhaps most gratifying is that we’re bringing families and friends together around sporting events no matter where they are located. With HiCast, no one has to ever again miss that great catch, game-winning goal or grand slam and we now have a platform to build up our young athletes and celebrate these Moments That Matter together,” Calabrese added.

HiCast Sports Network operates with a robust network of partners (venues) and promoters (sporting leagues and event organizers) with which they cultivate positive relationships and share up to 25% of net revenue. Currently, the HiCast Sports Network is installed in 11 premier venues, covering hundreds of thousands of athletes in Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Texas.

Calabrese said the company is constantly seeking new partnerships in youth sports, innovating its game-changing solution and developing ways to improve its service. Currently, HiCast Sports provides one wide angle view of the field, but will soon add multiple and zoomed views to cover more sports. Additionally, HiCast is developing a platform for adding media partners so, in the near future, HiCast Sports can accept content from other providers already covering sporting events. New developments will facilitate HiCast’s quick penetration to even more sports and sporting events.

Currently, HiCast Sports offers a free one-hour trial pass and a suite of membership options, including a one-time, non-recurring seven-day pass ($7.99), a monthly recurring pass ($9.99), and a monthly recurring family pass for up to four users ($14.99).

Find HiCast Sports online at http://www.hicastsports.com.

Read the story behind Salvatore Catanzaro’s leap of faith and see the video here. This 10-year-old’s amazing play went viral and was not only viewed, retweeted, shared and applauded by millions of fans worldwide on social media, it was shared by ESPN, USA Today, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, the Washington Post and the highlight went on to land in the number one spot on Sport Center’s Top Ten Plays of the Week.

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