By Michael Pineda
Yukon football has officially joined the Oklahoma Sports Network family.
This year, Miller games, both home and away, will be streamed live on Oklahoma Sports Network, which can be found on mobile device apps Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV and on its website, http://www.oksportsnet.com.
Plans are in place to add more sports as OSN gains a foothold in the community.
“We started six years ago, and we started in the Lawton area,” OSN owner Eric Sharum said. “We have the three Lawton schools and we have Elgin, Cache, Altus, Newcastle, Mid-Del with all three schools there – Midwest City, Carl Albert and Del City – and this year is our newest addition with Yukon.”
Sharum said he was drawn to Yukon because it is unique. It will be OSN’s first Class 6A-1 school that it covers yet the community is close knit.
“Even though it’s a larger school it’s still got a small town feel where everybody is connected,” he said. “Like these morning coffees that we’re impressed with, where 70 to 80 people show up every Friday morning. They are community driven. Our success is to attach to a community not just a school or not just a product. And I think that is what Yukon brings that we are excited about.”
Sharum said OSN is focused on showcasing athletes, and it provides an opportunity for athletes to be seen by college scouts. Each game is archived and accessible on the site for a year. It also provides opportunities for family members and others who cannot attend each game. OSN provides an opportunity to connect with Miller athletics.
“What is unique about us, we live in a digital age and everybody is used to watching stuff,” Sharum said. “You can still connect to your school whether you are are an alum, you have moved away. These aren’t people that won’t go to the game. These are people that can’t go to the game. If they can’t, you can still connect to them.”
Providing play-by-play will be Colton Fleetwood. Fleetwood has broadcast experience with OSN, having served as the color commentator at Del City games the past three years.
“He is well-versed in the sport,” Sharum said. “He loves sports broadcasting. And our color analyst, Payton Means, is a 2019 graduate of Yukon.”
Broadcasts will consist of a 30-minute pregame show, which will feature a preview of the game, the coin toss and starting lineup. During halftime at home games, the Yukon band will take center stage. Rather than cut away and go to commercial, the Yukon band’s halftime show will be featured in its entirety. After the game, there will be a small wrap-up with an interview with a coach or player and comments. OSN will also announce a player of the game.
“When you look at that website you will see all the individual channels, including Yukon,” Sharum said. “When the app is up running with live stuff, you just go to the app, pull it up and you will see all the live or prescheduled broadcasts that are coming up.”
Sharum is also planning to feature other Yukon Miller sports on OSN. He is hopeful of adding some basketball coverage and bring on other sports as the network gains momentum. “We do some of the fall sports, and the more commercially advertised support we get, the more we can do,” he said. “So we can probably do some basketball, we can do some other sports.
“This is our first year in Yukon. We got started late. We will definitely do football, of course, both home and away games. And then we go to some of the other sports as we evolve.”