July 5, 2019
The Simulation Football League presented by APM Music has spent the off-season improving the quality of its product. From boosting its merchandise partner in Sector Six, to launching SFL Interactive for more original, exclusive, short-form content to today’s announcement – which will change the way people view and participate in broadcasts, one of the greatest technological advancements in league history.
“This has been a dream of mine for years,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “To all those who have always wanted to broadcast but never had the internet connection or computer equipment to stream – you might want to re-apply. To those that just casually turn into a SFL broadcast hoping they have just as good of a picture as other games being streamed – have fear no longer. The SFL continues to deliver on its mission to give people the abilities to be what never thought they could be.”
This change – brought on by advancements in technology in the last two years and investments made in the league’s product and technological capabilities – will stream all games from SFL HQ in full 1080p HD across YouTube, Twitch and FUEL. This means a number of things:
- Any interested person in play-by-play or analyst commentary now only needs an internet connection strong enough to view the game from SFL HQ and microphone hardware and signal deemed satisfactory, which can be established in testing.
- All games will be in 1080p HD and will feature some of the fastest internet in the country through fiberoptic connections in and out of the studio.
- All games will be produced directly from the studio, allowing for HQ gamebreaks, halftime reports and direct communication with broadcasters during their calls, better simulating a production truck and producers to assist the broadcast team, without that assistance going out over the air or needing to be communicated via text.
- Improved gameday experiences for broadcasters and live statisticians.
- More in-depth broadcast presentation across all networks and time slots.
Irvine serves as the league’s Executive Producer and – over the course of the season – will produce over 250 hours of live content. The SFL boasts over 20 members on its broadcast team, which had less than a handful just a few seasons ago. Mike Daggs is the Director of Broadcasting and was instrumental to working on this transition. To apply or re-apply for the broadcast team, contact Daggs for more information in a Discord direct message.
“This is my life’s work and I am excited to enjoy the fruits of the labor this season, getting to work with all of our broadcast teams every single week,” Irvine said. “I hope the improvements to broadcast quality and improvements to the ease-of-access to the broadcast team get new faces on the air, more viewers out to games and a better product that we can take to further enhance our digital footprint.”
When the season kicks off Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT on Twitch, it will feature an enhanced broadcast graphics package with over 50 elements across all telecasts, including quarterback profiles, star player lineups, live score updates, player leaderboards and more.
SFL broadcasts will feature drone videos from some of the best drone pilots in the world from AirVuz, showcasing the beautiful places all of our SFL teams call home. AirVuz is the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform and the largest global community for both camera drone and FPV (First Person View) pilots and aerial media enthusiasts.
Irvine and Demond Simien will have the call from Anchorage, where the three-time champion Storm will host the New Orleans Pharaohs.