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Warhawks football games to stream live

Illinois company to broadcast Germantown home games

Aug. 27, 2013

Germantown — Germantown residents who miss a Warhawks football game this fall need not worry. The Germantown School Board on Monday agreed to contract with High School Cube, an Illinois-based online broadcasting company that will record and broadcast the first four Germantown High School home football games on a trial basis.

The company will film and show the games free of charge.

Germantown is piloting the program for the first four home games of the football season. After those games, High School Cube will decide if they will continue to broadcast the Germantown games.

Games will stream live at HighSchoolCube.com and be available to view for two weeks afterward, Athletic Director Jack Klebesadel said.

The first live broadcast is at 7 p.m. Thursday when Germantown plays Hartford at home.

They are viewable at no charge on the Internet, tablets, iPhones and Droid smartphones. The School District website will also link to the webpage.

Staff from High School Cube will travel to Germantown to tape the games from the press box. Germantown students will be able to shadow Cube employees and learn about the technology.

"It's an opportunity for those students to be exposed to technology in a way some of them may find very useful in their post academic pursuits," Germantown Superintendent Jeff Holmes said.

Should the broadcast generate advertising sponsorships, revenues will be split 80/20, with High School Cube receiving 80 percent of the profits and the School District 20 percent. Holmes will pre-approve a list of advertisers that High School Cube can pursue contracts. For example, casinos and any online gambling sites will not be allowed to advertise.

It is so far undecided where advertisement revenue will go. Director of Business Services Ric Ericksen recommended that funds be placed into the community service fund. He said he plans to check with the Department of Public Instruction to see if they can legally be placed elsewhere in the School District budget.

Klebesadel said the company became interested in Germantown sports following the 2012-13 boys basketball season when the Warhawks won the state championship. The contract is only for regular season games. Playoff games are the property of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Should the broadcasts continue, there is an opportunity for individual athletes to have a profile page through High School Cube.

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