WFTDA to offer free online streaming of 2011 tournaments!

Can’t make it to one of the Big 5 tournaments this year? Fear not, derby fan, because the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is bringing the action live to your computer!

WFTDA announced today that it has partnered with Blaze Streaming Media to offer free live streaming of all Big 5 Tournaments this fall. Blaze, a multimedia company specializing in streaming online events, is no stranger to hard-hitting roller derby action. Their resume includes previous roller derby tournaments like the East Coast Extravaganza 2011 and Western Regionals 2010.

WFTDA will also offer a high-definition stream for a per-event fee so you can watch the action in HD—but you don’t have to watch alone! Stay tuned for exclusive Texas Rollergirls’ high-definition watch party events to cheer our talented Texecutioners as they vie for the Hydra Trophy. SAVE THE DATE for local bar/restaurant watch parties with high-def coverage of the bouts:

WFTDA SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL PLAYOFFS: Friday – Sunday, September 30 – October 2, 2011 (Friday’s bout starts at 8pm central)

WFTDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Friday – Sunday, November 11-13, 2011

According to the press release, Blaze will use multiple cameras to capture all of the action from different angles, and deliver the feed through a dedicated, reliable stream. WFTDA and Blaze are partnering with the Association of Flat Track Derby Announcers to provide experienced on-air talent for the video stream. Roller derby media outlets, such as the Derby News Network, will continue to be valued partners of the WFTDA in providing provide commentary, recaps, and analysis of the bouts.

“We are excited to partner with Blaze Streaming Media to ensure that our fans see a consistent, high quality video stream of our tournaments,” said WFTDA Tournament Director Janis Kelley. “By consolidating broadcast rights under the association umbrella we can create better access to roller derby footage for fans, coaches, and skaters.”

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