Track Fans Blast ISSA Over Champs 2013 Live Coverage

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Track and field fans, Jamaicans in particular, took to Facebook and Twitter to vent their frustration at Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) for the handling of live streaming of the 2013 Boys & Girls Champs.

Several track and field fans in the United States paid for the live advertised streaming coverage, but were left very disappointed with the overall service, which some claimed is yet to work for them.

“This is very unfair,” says one fan who revealed that the link is still buffering since the last refresh at 2:00pm. “I paid my money and all I hear is music playing and the screen buffering.”

The ISSA Facebook Fan Page was also hit by angry fans, who left a number of hateful comments in their attempt to get attention and better service.

“Someone define Insanity = ISSA =,” one comment said. Read All The Comments On The ISSA Facebook Fan Page.

The Jamaica Boys and Girls High School Championships is one of the most popular high school track and field events in the world and Jamaicans across the globe love to tune in online for paid and free streaming services.

But as fans prepared for live coverage, they were greeted with the news that SportsMax, the leading provider of sports broadcast in the Caribbean, did not get the rights to stream the Championships after being praised globally for the job they did in 2011 & 2012.

A release from the company read: “We are saddened by ISSA’s decision to not offer the rights, as fans across the Caribbean and the world have come to expect live coverage of Champs.

“Following the 2012 success, we had expanded CEEN-TV much further so that we could showcase CHAMPS to a wider audience, giving them the opportunity to engage with the action in real time and to showcase the talent of our young athletes globally. We do wish ISSA the best with Champs 2013.”

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