November 7, 2006
NMU Joins B2 Networks
Wildcats sports now available to worldwide audience
MARQUETTE, Mich. - Northern Michigan University and B2 Networks announced today (Nov. 2) a partnership to provide live game action over the Internet via broadband broadcasting. The broadcasts feature video as well as play-by-play audio.
The cost is $6 per game and events can be accessed through the NMU Web site at www.nmu.edu/sports. B2 will cover Wildcat men’s and women’s basketball, football, and hockey action. Women's volleyball will be added to the menu in fall 2007.
Service begins Nov. 10-11 when the NMU hockey team meets Alaska for a two-game series and the football team takes on nationally ranked Grand Valley State.
“NMU is pleased to partner with B2 Networks in putting our game action live on the Internet,” said Ken Godfrey, NMU athletic director. “Our fans around the globe will be just a click away from being right back on campus and in the stands cheering on the Wildcats.”
Fans wanting to watch NMU athletic events via B2 will need a high-speed internet connection and Windows Media Player 9 or higher.
“Northern Michigan University is one of the most technologically savvy campuses in the world, so it’s only fitting that we find a partner who believes as we do that a little thing such as distance shouldn’t keep our alumni, friends and family from joining in the fun with the other Wildcat fans. The B2 Networks broadcasts also will help our recruits and their families be able to see the dynamic atmosphere of Wildcat athletics,” said Walt Kyle, NMU hockey coach.
"As an alum of Northern Michigan, I am very excited about being able to watch my school on B2 Networks" said Greg P. Bell, B2 Networks Owner and CEO. "NMU has two world-class buildings in the Superior Dome and Berry Events Center. We believe fans all over the world will be impressed with the events available from those buildings now available on our network."
B2 Networks (www.b2now.com) is a leader in innovative direct-to-home, mobile and television broadcasting with worldwide reach through its network of arenas, stadiums, sports venues, billing systems and data centers. Along with a number of university team partners, B2 provides premier broadband broadcasting for the National Lacrosse League, the American Hockey League, the East Coast Hockey League, the United Hockey League, the United States Hockey League and World Pro Fighting.
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