CAT-TV to broadcast MAU varsity sporting events
BENNINGTON — With no spectators currently allowed at Mount Anthony high school sporting events, MAU athletic director Ashley Hoyt wanted to find a way to allow fans to still watch the game.
"Especially for senior athletes, and our athletes on varsity teams," Hoyt said. "They have parents and fans who have watched them grow up and play."
It was announced Tuesday that CAT-TV will be streaming MAU varsity home games throughout September and October, weather permitting. The partnership will allow parents and fans to watch their favorite MAU team wherever they may be.
In a video released on their Facebook page, CAT-TV said they will be airing MAU boys and girls soccer and football home games on three different platforms. The games will be aired live CAT-TV channel 1075, as well as on their Facebook page, Facebook.com/CATTVbennington. The games will also be available on their website, catamountaccess.com.
The decision to not allow spectators came during an Aug. 19 school board meeting.
"We would need a health screening and an equity of how to [make it fair] for 150 people," said Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union superintendent Jim Culkeen during the school board meeting. "Then there's the risk of exposure and we didn't want to risk it."
Currently in the state of Vermont, the maximum number of people allowed for an outdoor gathering is 150.
"We draw a big crowd no matter what sport," Hoyt said.
Broadcasting the games also allows for the athletes to go back and watch themselves on television, as CAT-TV will be rerunning the broadcasts throughout the week.
That creates new opportunities for the student-athletes.
"They can send the film to any college recruiter that's interested in them" Hoyt said. "Or they can just have the memory."
Hoyt said that if the state restrictions continue into the upcoming winter and spring sport seasons, continuing with CAT-TV broadcasts would be an option.
Beyond that, though, this will not become the new normal for MAU sporting events.
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