Discussing today’s announced partnership between the FCIAC and the HAN Network, a friend of mine who had children that played in the league asked a fairly reasonable question: Is there any reason I should care?
A lot of that depends on both your vantage point and expectations. In the very basic Xs and Os, league fans will see far greater streaming coverage on the HAN Network than they got on MSGVarsity. The fall broadcast schedule the rebranded company once known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers distributed included 25 league games. There are 11 football, five boys soccer, three girls soccer and six field hockey games. Fifteen of the 17 schools will appear at one time.
That is the obvious big plus, and remember it is just a starting point that likely will only grow with time. The negative? If it is a concern of yours, the level of production at the outset won’t be up to a par with MSGVarsity, which isn’t a knock at the HAN Network. MSGVarsity has the Cablevision machine behind it, the infrastructure and a workforce of people mainly with broadcast journalism backgrounds. In other words, it is to be expected.