Aching to see Friday night’s football game but have to visit your aunt in Tuscaloosa? At this time next year, it may be possible to see Aunt Thelma and not miss a minute of the game.

On Monday, Greg Harper and Doc Carpenter made a presentation to School Board members on behalf of Wazoo Sports, an online sports broadcasting company for high school and small college sports.

“What we would like to do is have broadcast rights at the high schools in north and south Laurel County,” Harper said. “We target to broadcast 30 events a year.”

Harper said broadcasting an event would mean Wazoo would send a three-person camera crew to the game, which would video the event TV-style. The event would then be uploaded to the Internet and be available to watch. After the event was over, it would be put into an archive, which would be accessible for an unlimited amount of time.

In terms of cost, the schools would not have to pay for the broadcasting.

“We generate our revenue just like the TV or radio does — through advertising,” Harper said, adding he aims to get corporate sponsors from the area to be the advertisers.

“Then 10 percent of our revenue goes back to the schools,” he added.

Carpenter estimated Laurel County schools could earn between $8,000 and $12,000 from the advertising.

School Board attorney Larry Bryson confirmed those monies would have to be split equally between girls and boys teams.

When asked which events would be chosen for broadcasting, Harper responded they would meet with area athletic directors to decide which sporting events would be most appropriate. Jimmy Durham, North Laurel athletic director, pointed out there are 11 times throughout the year that North and South Laurel would play head to head.

In addition to planned broadcasts, Carpenter pointed out Wazoo is willing to lend a camera to an interested party, usually a Booster Club member, to tape other events, such as academic meets or band competitions. Those events would then also be uploaded to the Web site and be available for viewing.

Bryson asked if Wazoo would have the exclusive rights to the games that are broadcast, and wondered if then area TV or radio stations would be prevented from covering games.

Harper responded that wouldn’t be the case.

“We’re just looking to protect ourselves as far as the Internet goes,” he said, explaining Wazoo would have the rights to the game online.

School Board members said they would consider the proposal.

In other action, School Board members:

• Agreed to advertise a digital security camera system’s bid request. The district is willing to invest about $30,000 on new camera systems. “Our local facilities planning committee noticed needs for upgrades, additions and installations,” Young said. Motion was made by Joe Schenkenfelder, seconded by Tommy Smith and unanimously approved.

• Agreed to purchase three 78-passenger buses and four storage boxes at a cost of $531,594, which was set aside in the budget. The 90-bus fleet is maintained on a 14-year cycle. Motion was made by Lola Reed, seconded by Smith and unanimously approved.

• Approved change orders on: Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary (a deduction of $6,000 for deleting masonry water repellent) and South Laurel high and middle schools ($7,000 deduction for opting not to allow painters to finish the doors and a $7,000 addition for allowing the finish to be put on at the factory). Motion was made by Smith, seconded by Albert Binder and unanimously approved.

• Approved the completion of the athletic complex at South Laurel Middle School. Motion was made by Binder, seconded by Schenkenfelder and unanimously approved.

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