Thursday, June 4, 2015

MSL launches crowdfunding campaign to make webcasts available to all

Major Series Lacrosse has launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to make its games available as free webcasts. Rather than go with pay per view webcasts, the league has decided to forge a new approach to making its games available to people who want to see them. If the campaign reaches its goal of $34,500, it will enable the league to have JVI Sports Network stream the vast majority of its regular season and playoff games as free webcasts.

The goal should be easily reachable as the word gets out. For example, if the majority of the Peterborough Lakers 2,300-plus season ticket holders donated $20 each, that would provide all the donations needed to meet the goal. And that's just one team's fan base, albeit the largest in the league. And it would give them the chance to watch the team they love play on the road as well as at home.

There are incentives for those who choose to donate a bit more. Anyone who donates $50 or more--often less than the cost for two people to travel to one of their team's away games--can get a pair of tickets to a regular season game at the MSL arena of their choosing (bring some friends to your local arena or go see them play somewhere else). All six clubs have bought in to the arrangement to thank fans for their contributions. A $100 donation will net the donor four tickets to a regular season game at any arena.

That way you can get the best of both worlds: live in-arena action for a team close to you and free streaming for games farther away. To help make the campaign a success so you can see all the MSL lacrosse you want, go to the campaign page and make your donation.