Basketball fans unhappy with internet change

  • Feb. 10, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Fans are incensed that live internet streaming of many All Native Basketball games in Prince Rupert has been nixed, but organizers say it is costing them gate receipts. All-Native Basketball Tournament president Peter Haugen says the live-streaming of games that’s been on CFNR’s website for the past few years was never okayed. “People are sitting at home or in their hotel and watching the games,” he said. He said 25 of the 100 games are to be broadcast on radio and these will also be live streamed, but other games will not. Meanwhile on busy Facebook fan sites, people from across BC and beyond are livid. They are not only worried about elders and shut-ins not being able to watch the games, but all the far flung fans are kept out of the loop too. Mr. Haugen said fan support for the games is down a bit this year, and it was last year as well. He says the horrible road conditions between Terrace and Prince Rupert have kept fans from Terrace and beyond away, so hopefully that situation improves. The tournament started Sunday and continues until Friday with Haida Gwaii teams playing in the Intermediate, Senior and Masters divisions. As of 2 pm on Feb. 8, the Seniors results were: Massett lost to Vancouver 92 to 98 in overtime on Feb. 6. Massett was set to play Hartley Bay on Tuesday (Feb. 8), but results were not available by press time. Also on Feb. 6, Skidegate Seniors beat Greenville 91 to 59 and went on to beat North Shore (79 to 67) on Feb. 7. Skidegate’s next game was set for Feb. 9 against Vancouver Mr. Haugen says Hydaburg is still the team to beat in the Seniors division. “They are looking strong again,” he said. The team took the championship in the last two tournaments and as of Tuesday morning, Hydaburg had beat Friendship House 92-76. Intermediates: Massett lost to Vancouver (54-78) on Feb. 6; Skidegate beat Friendship House “B” (78-33). Massett defeated Kitkatla Tuesday morning 76-51, and Skidgate was set to play the other Friendship House team on Tuesday evening. Masters: Massett played Bella Bella on Tuesday morning, but results were not available by press time.

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