Thursday, January 1, 2004
Triple Crown will televise select games from this summer's World Series in Steamboat Springs, said Triple Crown representative Thad Anderson.
The championship games in the 10-and-younger and 13-and-younger levels will be taped live to syndication and then distributed to audiences in states west of the Mississippi River -- where a majority of the Triple Crown championship teams call home, Anderson said.
The 2004 World Series championship games will take place at the base of Howelsen Hill.
Anderson said the reason for selecting those divisions is because of their appeal to national audiences.
The 10-year-olds have a good combination of "cuteness and skill," Anderson said, while the teams in the 13-year-old division will leave spectators speechless.
"That age is one of the best skill ages on that size of field," Anderson said. "Those championship teams will be amazing."
Steamboat is a popular destination for Triple Crown teams because of the area's family appeal. The summer climate attracts Southerners, and the mountains lure those from the plains.
The level of baseball played during the World Series weekends will lure TV audiences, and with the syndicated broadcasts comes the ability to promote Steamboat to a large number of viewers, Anderson said.
Triple Crown isn't broadcasting the games to pocket money, he said. However, the organization is interested in ensuring that the final product is of the highest quality it can be. Toward that end, Triple Crown is seeking business "broadcast partners" to help fund the four- to five-hour production.
"It's a go," Anderson said of the decision to televise select games. "But the right funding will make the production better."
Anyone interested in becoming a broadcast partner can contact Anderson at Triple Crown at 970-223-6644 ext. 129.