CHICKASHA – The Drovers won’t just host a quality soccer program this Sunday in Chickasha — the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will host the Game of the Week and a national broadcasting crew.
The (18) Drover men will take on Bethel (Tenn.), a prominent program that is receiving votes nationally. Kick off is scheduled for 2 p.m. CST on Sept. 15 in Chickasha.
“We are excited to be the Game of the Week. We are looking forward to a great game with a top program like Bethel (Tenn.) in Chickasha on Sunday,” USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton said. “It is a testament to the quality of the program and USAO as a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference and the NAIA.”
Both teams have a game to go before the big match. Bethel comes into the weekend undefeated at 3-0 but are scheduled to play Oklahoma Baptist on Friday evening. The Drovers (2-2) play Saturday afternoon against McPherson College in Chickasha. Kick off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Tourbeau Sports Group’s national broadcast productions will include a full on-site professional staff including multiple camera angles, multiple commentators and producers.
A staff of editors also will be available off location to produce highlights and full game footage to local TV stations to colleges, as well as a possibility to provide programming for national tape-delayed broadcasts to national soccer television channels, in which TSG is currently working to promote.
TSG chose one game to feature as the Game of the Week. The twelve-game broadcast schedule highlights teams from 12 different NAIA conferences and every program nationally ranked in the Top 25 national polls or receiving votes from many past NAIA powerhouses.
The schedule includes conference season winners, conference titles, national tournament invitees and each of four final teams in the 2012 National Championship.
The initiative, inspired and produced by Tourbeau Sports, is the desire of the company to help develop, market and progress the programs, schools, players and the NAIA through a national online broadcast platform to increase and maximize the quality and standard by these parties.
USAO announced that it would live stream video for free at home games this season. This game will be an exception. Instead, fans will be directed to TSG’s broadcast.
USAO will, however, live stream the women’s match, which begins at noon Sunday, also against Bethel.