RESULTS: Record number of listeners tuned in on Friday

When Jackson Center defeated the Russian boys last Friday night, the audience for the ScoresBroadcast.com game surpassed 3,600 IP addresses simultaneously connected to the broadcast at a precise time late in the fourth quarter.

That listenership was a record for ScoresBroadcast for a regular-season boys’ basketball game. Russia and Jackson Center played to a nearly sold-out crowd at the Tigers’ gym on Friday.

The free online play-by-play service was launched in 2006 and 2007 with founding support from Lacal Equipment at the Jackson Center. While the typical maximum number of concurrent IP addresses is 2,200 to 2,600 in the second half of most broadcasts, the online audio stream attracts an even better audience when the game or competition is based on team records, league results, or country rankings.

Russia, 11-1, and Jackson Center, 10-1, have now split their two regular-season meetings. Each program only lost this one game. Both the Raiders and Tigers should top the Division IV’s first nationwide AP poll next week; Polls were due to be released this week for the first time this season, but were delayed due to technical issues.

Christian NetCast is providing hosting and serving for SCORES, the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System. It noted that the highest number of IP addresses for last Friday night’s competition did not reflect the number that went in and out over the course of the game, or “the number of individuals” who opted for the play-by game connected to the website. Those numbers would be significantly larger, NetCast pointed out.

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Currently, SCORES listener volume is consistently at or exceeding its numbers recorded in January and February 2020, when the pandemic significantly reduced in-person gym attendance.

Christian NetCast streams online programs for churches, schools, colleges and some business organizations. ScoresBroadcast.com is “pretty unique and does a great job of providing an extremely valuable service,” it noted when evaluating the performance of its many customers.

The Fort Loramie-Lima Central Catholic Football regular season game last October and the Redskins playoff contests against Minster and New Bremen in November resulted in large audiences for SCORES in late 2022.

SCORES is supported by a wide variety of businesses and industries in Sydney, Shelby County and the region that benefit from affordable marketing of specialty service offerings. SCORES prides itself on creating commercial on-air content.

Online coverage this Thursday features the region’s headliner – the first Russia-Fort Loramie girls competition of the season. Fort Loramie clashes with the Botkins boys in Friday night’s clash broadcast by SCORES. The pre-game segments begin at 6:55 p.m. each evening.

This Sunday, play-by-play will be streamed from the Fort Loramie MLK Classic. Airtime is 13:00 for the match between Russia and Willard.

Russia, Jackson Center Tilt has generated a lot of interest online

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