Video conferencing can connect sports fans to soccer stars

Monday, May 24 2010

While many sports fans are still celebrating Inter Milan's recent victory, the next phase of soccer sensation is just around the corner. The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is the premier international soccer tournament, and it's set to start in June.

For those fans who can't travel to Johannesburg or Cape Town to see the games in person, ESPN may be able to help bridge the continental gap with new video conferencing solutions. According to the Associated Press, ESPN recently announced it will interview coaches and athletes from even the most remote World Cup sites this year.

The sports network is currently setting up video conference systems in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for the tournament. The tools will allow ESPN to produce reports on off-days from the two distant cities as part of its expanded World Cup coverage. This will save the network cash by eliminating the need for expensive satellite trucks.

Video conferencing solutions are also saving businesses money this year. According to Network World, some companies have reportedly saved millions in travel costs within one year of implementing video conferencing solutions.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19796982-ADNFCR