This Was a Real Thing: The First Live Video Broadcast of a Baseball Game on Twitter

A blast from the past:

VALHALLA, NY, August 22, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — The first televised professional baseball games were broadcast on August 26, 1939 from Ebbetts Field, as fans watched the Brooklyn Dodgers split a doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds. Seventy years later, the Hudson Valley Renegades are excited to announce the first ever live game broadcast on Twitter.

The Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays affiliate) will take on the Staten Island Yankees (NY Yankees affiliate) on August 23, 2009 at 1:05pm. Fans can visit the Renegades Twitter to watch the live broadcast, beginning at 12:50pm.

“This technology is extremely exciting and opens the door to endless possibilities,” said the Goldklang Group Vice President of Marketing and Operations Tyler Tumminia. “The Hudson Valley Renegades pride themselves on being on the cutting edge of technology and that is why they jumped at this opportunity to lead the way in a technology I know is soon to be used by teams across the world.”

The event will run on Livestream’s Twitcam platform. The broadcast will feature professional announcers, onscreen stats and video shots from four different cameras. Fans will be able to chat with each other while watching the game, thanks to Twitcam.

“It’s a great opportunity for fans of the Rays and Yankees to see some of their prospects play, no matter where they live,” said John Fitzgerald. “Beyond that, we hope that baseball fans from across the world check out this historic broadcast.”

Fans will also be able to watch the Renegades take on the Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets Affiliate) on September 3 at 6:50 p.m. Once again, fans will be able to access the broadcast by visiting the Renegades Twitter page.

About the Hudson Valley Renegades

The Hudson Valley Renegades are a short-season Class A minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, playing in the New York-Penn League. For more information, visit hvrenegades.com.

About Livestream & Twitcam

Livestream provides everything needed to easily webcast live, build an engaged audience and monetize these efforts. Twitcam was developed using the the Livestream API.
Twitter users need only to log in to twitcam.com using an existing Twitter user name and password and press the “go live” button. Twitcam automatically detects the camera, creates a page and live video player for the broadcast, and posts the link in the user’s Twitter.

(Original Press Release)

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