CBSI Advanced Media

2014-15 Basketball

GameTracker Features

Requirements

  1. Version 4.16 of TASBB. This is $400 new and $165 for an upgrade from a previous version.
  2. TASFTP, Stat Crew's live stats software, handles the operation of sending the stat data via FTP. If you do not have TASFTP, the cost is $400. If you have TASFTP, you do not need to upgrade.
  3. An internet connection at the facility.

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Example of Basketball GameTracker
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Event-Day Operations
Our staff actively monitors data transfer of every single game. While a dedicated press box staffer isn't necessary, we do ask you to provide a contact for us who would be able to access the live stats computer and adjust settings, re-establish an internet connection, etc., with our assistance. Please supply the following contact information to your Manager:

  1. Name
  2. Phone Number (usually main press box number or personal cell phone)
  3. AOL Instant Messenger (IM) Handle, if available. AOL IM, installed on the live stats computer, is an excellent method of communication for two reasons: 1) conversation can be difficult over crowd noise and 2) does not tie up the press row phone, which also may not be near the live stats computer.

Getting Started
Below is information regarding important settings, both in TASBB and Game Reports (Windows).

TASBB
There are no additional steps required in TASBB.

GAME REPORTS (WINDOWS)
This is where you will identify the game for which XML files will be sent and enter the necessary settings to direct TASFTP - telling it to send XML files (as opposed to HTML) and where to send them. Here are the steps:

  1. Click the Games List button in the upper left
  2. Select the appropriate game and click OK
  3. Go to the "Live" menu, select Live setup and enter/check the following:

    FTP SETTINGS
    Activate: Check
    GameTracker ID: Enter the game ID number. The ID number is the six- or seven-digit number located in the GameTracker URL. You no longer need to enter ID- before the number. There are two ways to find the ID number for a game:

      1. Mouse over the GameTracker link wherever it may be found on your site (front page event listing, schedule page, etc.). When you mouse over the link, the URL will appear in a window just above your task bar. Here is an example of what the URL will look like (a portion of the URL):

      http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/gametracker/launch?event=1003797

      2. Each school/conference has its own web page in which all GameTracker URLs created for a particular season are aggregated. You can find your URLs by clicking the appropriate link below and then clicking on your school code. If you are unsure of your school code, please contact your Manager.

      Find My Men's Basketball URLs | Find My Women's Basketball URLs

    Auto-send FTP: Check (also check the XML option)
    FTP Site: ftp.netitor.com
    User ID: fanslive
    Password: Please check with your Manager
    Target directory: schoolcode/sportcode (ex: unc/m-baskbl; ucla/w-baskbl)

    XML OUTPUT
    Enable XML stats feed: Check
    XML gameid: schoolcode (ex: unc)

    OTHER SETTINGS
    Show stats on screen: Check

4. After entering/checking the appropriate information/boxes, click OK.

After clicking OK, you will see your box score appear in the "Game Reports" window. Additionally, TASFTP will send the initial file that you have set up (the result of Activating). You do not need to "Initialize live files."

You are now ready to go! After entering your first play, TASFTP will open in the background, move down to your task bar and then disappear once it's done sending the game file. You will also see your "Game Reports" box score update.

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