If you think there’s something sad about watching a football match without fans, try picturing a promising stadium with barely any sporting activity for several years.

Though Dictionary.com defines a stadium as; ‘a sports arena, usually oval or horseshoe-shaped, with tiers of seats for spectators,’ it often means so much more than that. Fans associate memories with stadiums.

Memories as precious and seemingly trivial as sitting next to a stranger, buying peanuts from a friendly vendor, or as unforgettable as getting goosebumps from a big win. Unfortunately, not all stadiums have this privilege.

A full thirteen years after its construction, the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium remains underutilised.  As the name suggests, the multi-purpose stadium was built with the intention of hosting multiple events.  Those events have, however, happened there few and far between.

In 2007, the stadium hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up matches and its opening ceremony. The crowd was immense!

Then, Jamaica played against the Bahamas in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Afterward, the venue welcomed the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival as a tenant for several years— until the festival plummeted in 2015.

Then, earlier this year, the stadium hosted two games for the Regional Four-Day Championship.  The Jamaica Scorpions played the Leeward Islands Hurricanes then played the Guyana Jaguars on February 27 to March 1.

 With the use of the stadium facilities proving to be sporadic in the best of times, its general manager, Major Desmon Brown, believes a lack of infrastructure is to blame.

Brown says the stadium needs proper infrastructure to attract visitors. He suggests improvements to medical facilities, the establishment of a cricket development centre with a gym, refurbished changing rooms, and a cricket practice area to get the stadium up and buzzing.

Good facilities add to the fan experience. If utilised properly, the Trelawny Multi-purpose stadium has the potential to create great sporting memories. Plus, reviews on an unofficial Facebook page rated the venue five out of five.

Please share your thoughts on Twitter (@SportsMax_Carib) or in the comments section on Facebook (@SportsMax). Don’t forget to use #IAmNotAFan. Until next time!

 

SportsMax CEO, Oliver McIntosh, is confident the regional cable broadcast giants are well prepared for the coming blitz of live content, as the sporting world slowly returns to a ‘new normal’ in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The spread of the contagious and deadly disease saw sporting events, and many aspects of everyday life in general, grind to a halt over the past three months.  However, major sports gradually begin to emerge from hiatus broadcasters like SportsMax are once again in the loop and sports fans everywhere can look forward to seeing their favourite teams back on tv.

With most of these sports now being played closed behind closed doors, for safety reasons,  the television platforms will be the only way, at the least in the immediate future, that fans will be allowed to tune in. 

With the sports and leagues also well behind their original schedules many will resort to a packed fixture schedule between now and the end of the season.

“It’s really coming, to use a cliché, fast and furious…the interesting thing about the next couple of weeks is that a lot of these leagues and competitions are coming back in a restructured format.  La Liga, which is typically played between Friday and Monday with most of the matches on Saturday and Sunday.  Because of the truncated schedule and trying to get everything done in time to start next season, you are going to see a lot of compressed programming,” McIntosh said in a recent interview.

“We are going from a situation where we had no sports for two and a half to three months, to basically sports almost every single day,” he added.

In a bid to cope with demands, the broadcasters will temporarily halt the practice of confining certain sports to certain channels and also add channels to the newly launched SportsMax app, where viewers will be able to still see their content in case of scheduling conflicts.

“In the past, we have tended to broadcast certain sports on one or two of our channels.  So football would be on SportsMax 2 and basketball on SportsMax 1 but because of this flood of content what we will do is ensure that we carry all the matches live and our audience is able to see it…you will also see the addition of channels on our SportsMax app that you can download in cases where there are conflicts.”

In addition to La Liga, SportsMax will also welcome the return of the NBA and later the CPL.  The returning English Premier League (EPL) will be available on the Rush channel and SportsMax app.

 

COVID-19 is making the world a bigger place with travel lockdowns and the attendant difficulties with getting a proper picture of the situation, especially in regions like the Caribbean.

In fact, there are many Caribbean nationals either trying to get home or ensuring their loved ones keep safe at a time when a virus is threatening to cripple the world economy and kill many in the process.

CEEN News, a cable news network owned by SportsMax in Jamaica and shown in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, is helping to bridge the divide for millions of persons from the diaspora with CEEN Caribbean News at 8pm.

For those in the Caribbean who want to know what is happening, CEEN Caribbean News will be aired nightly on SportsMax as well.

"CEEN News is sharing the nightly news with our viewers on SportsMax to satisfy their need for information about how individual islands are battling this highly infectious disease," said George Davis, Executive Producer at SportsMax and CEEN.

"We believe in accurate, timely information and are committed to playing our part as the most-watched sports network in this part of the world," he said.

As has become par for the course, CEEN Caribbean News, provides nightly updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, paying specific attention to the region.

According to Davis, every night on CEEN is chock-full of information on the spread of the virus in the Caribbean, including reporting on new infections, treatment of existing cases and deaths in all the countries around the region.

Tonight, for instance, CEEN Caribbean goes global and intends to speak to a Jamaican living in Italy, a country which is almost in a neck and neck race with the United States as the epicenter of the virus.

For those who cannot watch on TV, they can watch on the app which is available in the Playstore or Appstore. Viewers in the diaspora can stream live at CEEN's website.

 

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Digicel, parent company of SportsMax, announced a multiyear expansion of its partnership that will deliver more than 200 live NBA games each season, tipping off on October 22 with the L.A. Lakers taking on the L.A. Clippers.

Extensive NBA programming will be provided to more than 30 Caribbean territories, including the Dominican Republic through Digicel, SportsMax and the SportsMax app.

Digicel, the Official Broadcast and Wireless Partner of the NBA in the region, through its subsidiary SportsMax will air over 200 regular-season and playoff NBA games, the NBA Western Conference Finals and The Finals in the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, while offering preferred access to NBA games through NBA League Pass on its Digicel Play cable system and the SportsMax app with new bundle and standalone offerings. 

“We are thrilled to extend this landmark deal with the NBA that allows Digicel, through SportsMax, to continue to be the Home of Sports in the Caribbean, delivering the NBA as part of the best line-up of sports programming to Caribbean basketball fans across cable-TV and streaming platforms,” said SportsMax President and CEO, Olly McIntosh.

“We are seeing an incredible appetite for NBA content from fans in the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, and we are thrilled to bring them more live games and content through this renewed partnership with Digicel,” said NBA Latin America Senior Vice President, Arnon de Mello. “We look forward to working with Digicel to continue to grow the game in the region.”

Digicel and SportsMax will also offer original NBA programming, including NBA Action, the league’s weekly show that offers the latest news, features, highlights and analysis from around the NBA, and NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network.  Fans will have access to select NBA TV programming, offering in-depth NBA coverage, highlights and appearances by current NBA players, coaches and legends. SportsMax’s programming will include onsite coverage from marquee NBA events.

Territories covered by the partnership include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. Stay tuned to this space for full NBA broadcast schedule.

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