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Draughts to go on YouTube in 2010!

This week I received the following letter and press release from FMJD Secretary, Frank Teer
Draughts was specifically mentioned as one of the games covered (as well as chess, go, baseball, minigolf, rugby, gymnastics, Paralympic sports, etc.) The draughts umbrella will no doubt include 100-square and 64-sqare international variants. It remains to be seen what kind of impact this might mean for the checkers fraternity, but the exposure surely won’t hurt. There have been past ACF forum comments suggesting world title matches be placed on-line in real time (assuming all the technical details can be sorted out by someone expert in this area). This site seems to be a logical place to house such coverage. Anyway, here is the press release:
Dear Members,

The multisport video-platform has been discussed during the General Assembly in Denver. It now becomes reality.

We are pleased to inform you about our official partnership with You Tube.

We had the great honour of signing today with You Tube co-founder Chad Hurley during one of the major Internet Community events, “LeWeb09”.

This of course was a unique opportunity to create awareness about The Sports Hub and will result in great promotion for your sports.

May we encourage you to forward this press release to your member federations and your media network ?

Sincerely yours,

The SportAccord Office



The first comprehensive multi sports video platform.

PARIS, 9 DECEMBER 2009 -- SportAccord, the representative of institutional sport worldwide that groups together 104 World Sports Federations and Organisations, today announced a partnership with YouTube. The agreement serves as the initial step toward the creation of The Sports Hub, an Internet destination that will be a unique, comprehensive multi-sport platform where people around the globe can turn for a single access point to all sports.
The Sports Hub portal will include a series of sub-channels organized by sport and discipline. The structure will make it easy for sports enthusiasts to discover videos of popular favourites like swimming, ski or cycling, as well those of sports growing in popularity like surfing, climbing or floorball.
In addition, The Sports Hub will showcase Paralympic sports and multi-sports Games, such as the World Games or the SportAccord Combat Games. Content will include top matches, competitions, key interviews, backstage moments, educational content and more.
A fully customized look and feel will empower Federations to leverage The Sports Hub for promotion as well as cross promotion of their sports since they will be grouped by categories (e.g. ball, racquet or water sports).
YouTube’s social features will enable people to rate videos in SportAccord channels, discuss them via text comments and video responses, and post them with the click of a button to social networks where they can be discovered by both existing and new fans. SportAccord will use Content ID, YouTube’s content management tools, to protect, promote and monetize its content online and make sure that it is accessible for all in the best quality possible for viewers around the world.
Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord, said, “This is an amazing opportunity for our Members and sports to enhance their presence online, thus getting more exposure. The Sports Hub will also offer an appealing one-stop-shop to all sports fans”.
Chad Hurley, co-founder and CEO of YouTube, added: “SportAccord’s members have a wealth of high quality video and we’re pleased to deepen our relationship with SportAccord in the spirit of bringing even more sports content to YouTube,” said Mr. Hurley. “We are confident that The Sports Hub will create new promotion opportunities for a wide variety of associations and enable them to reach both existing and new sports fans around the world with their content.”
The Sports Hub will be launched in spring 2010. Make sure that you include it in your favourites!
About SportAccord
SportAccord is the representative of institutional sport worldwide, grouping together 104 International Sports Federations and Organisations.
SportAccord’s mission is to unite, support and promote its Member International Sports Federations and Organisations for the co-ordination and protection of their common aims and interests, for the good of sport.
About YouTube
YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is based in San Bruno, CA and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

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