Friday 7 August, 2020

Sportsmax to offer scholarship to a schoolboy footballer

Oliver McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer at Sportsmax, speaks during the launch of the 2019 schoolboy football season on Wednesday, August 21 at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Oliver McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer at Sportsmax, speaks during the launch of the 2019 schoolboy football season on Wednesday, August 21 at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Sportsmax has announced that it will deliver a minimum of 40 live matches over the course of the 2019 schoolboy football season on its network throughout the region and North America.

This will be done in collaboration with Digicel.

For the 2019 season, Sportsmax will also name a scholar-athlete of the year. This will be accompanied with a scholarship for that player’s tertiary education.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Sportsmax, Oliver McIntosh during the official launch of the 2019 schoolboy football season at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew.

McIntosh said Sportsmax will start its coverage on Saturday, September 7 with a doubleheader, which will be twinned with its season opener, the Digicel Cup, featuring schoolboy football from Trinidad and Tobago, which will see both Digicel and Sportsmax as sponsors.

And he disclosed that there will be an increase in the number of schools and player profiles this season.

The CEO said Sportsmax will deliver all of its broadcast matches via its newly-launched Sportsmax App, which includes the recently-launched Rush English Premier League channel.

“For the first time this year we are going to be delivering real-time, in-match 60-90 second clips of all the important events over the course of a match.

“It means when St George’s College scores its 6th or 7th goal against Campion College, we will push that through via mobile, so you can watch it right away,” McIntosh said to laughter.

“We will show all those, all red cards and all other important aspects of the matches,” he added.

Sportsmax will also feature “live fan commentary” during the broadcast of matches. And McIntosh said the company will soon be announcing the coming together of schoolboy football, music, and entertainment, possibly as early as next week.

Earlier, McIntosh told his audience that sports in general, but high school sports in particular, is a part of the core of the country.

“It’s a part of the fibre that connects all of us here in Jamaica…it is the one thing that doesn’t see gender, it doesn’t see religion, it doesn’t see community differences and, in the silly season that we are in now, it doesn’t see political parties,” he remarked.

“What it does is ignites certain passions and creates a bond between us.

“This is why the team at Sportsmax and Digicel are proud to be enablers for sport in the Caribbean and a partner with ISSA for schoolboy football.”

McIntosh noted that Sportsmax was now in its 16th year of providing sporting information from around the world, including the English Premier League, La Liga, the NBA, the UEAFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup and will be providing coverage for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“The real joy and pride and real excitement I see in our own office comes from the fact that we have been able to produce sports, specifically high school sports, specifically schoolboy football from Jamaica and the region and take it around the world …exposing the world to the awesome talent that we have in Jamaica,” McIntosh said.

Digicel and Wisynco are joint sponsors of schoolboy football.

Digicel, in its second stint as title sponsors, last year announced that the telecommunications firm and entertainment provider would invest $75 million over three years in the urban area Manning Cup and Walker Cup Knockout competitions. Wisynco, then, announced a sponsorship package of close to $100 million, over the three years, in the rural area daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Knockout.

On Wednesday, Digicel handed over $25 million to ISSA for year two, while Wisynco made a presentation of $37 million.


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