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Purcellville businessmen, sports lovers partner to broadcast local high school games

Woodgrove and Loudoun Valley sports games will be broadcast at Coach’s Corner in Purcellville. Facebook/Coach’s Corner Purcellville
Two Purcellville residents have teamed up to provide live TV sports coverage in western Loudoun.

Rob Burton, owner of Coach's Corner Grill in Purcellville, and Larry King, an IT guru, decided they wanted to share their love of sports with the community by providing a chance to watch Loudoun Valley High School games and Woodgrove High School games through a live stream network, known as Coach's Corner Game Time Productions.

The operation started last year when Burton purchased the Western Loudoun Sports Network. Soon after the deal closed, Larry King, one of Burton's longtime restaurant customers, said he was interested in being a part of it too. With King's background in IT and mutual passion for sports, the partnership made good business sense.

They started this fall with broadcasts of the Valley and Woodgrove football games – which can be found on their website http://www.ccgametime.com – and can be watched anywhere and anytime for free, including on large screens at Coach's Corner Grill.

“High school football is one of the most popular sports, and we will make every attempt to broadcast both the home and away games for both schools,” Burton said.

In addition to football, they will broadcast basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse and field hockey throughout the year.

“We owe special thanks to the athletic directors at Woodgrove and Valley, Rusty Lowery and Kris Kelican, for their support and assistance. Without them, this wouldn't be possible,” Burton said.

King said he arrives at each football game about three hours early to set up and test the network speed and software to make sure everything is working correctly. The four-person crew includes a camera person, producer, play-by-play announcer and color announcer. They will do several live tests before starting pregame coverage begins.

“We try to make it as professional as possible,” King said.

They cover overhead costs with business sponsors – available at a variety of levels – so the games are available to the public for free. All the games are also archived through http://www.vimeo.com.

Burton and King said their goal is to start other locations and work with more schools beyond western Loudoun in the future.

“We want to branch out and expand this project and get more cameras out there at other schools around Loudoun,” Burton said.

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