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Roller Derby Revival Fueled by Live Sports Production

November 09, 2015 by Chuck Baker

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) has brought the sport of roller derby, essentially dead at the end of the 20th century, back from small beginnings in Austin, TX to an international amateur phenomenon with hundreds of leagues and thousands of teams worldwide.  Roller Derby’s revival is so complete that it is one of the sports in consideration for the 2020 Olympics.  To further boost growth, WFTDA found an affordable approach to production so they could develop an audience for live online streaming of roller derby competitions.  This effort in turn led this year to streaming the international championships via ESPN3 for the first time.  For a look at how to bring up a new sport in the digital video age:

Read the story at Sports Video Group: Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Ratchets Up Productions for ESPN3 Finale

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