"Yoo" Too Can Now Be An NBA Announcer

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sports Rubbish points us toward a neat new invention from a company called Yoostar, that has created a program that leads you add your own commentary to NBA games. The company announced a partnership with the NBA at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and for just $149.95 (plus purchase of each team's videos), you can be the next Marv Albert!

For each NBA team, game footage of the final minutes from a memorable game will be available for fans to access and deliver their personal commentary. Select NBA Draft clips will also be available for fans to insert commentary. The NBA video highlights and NBA Draft clips will be available for purchase and download at NBA.com and www.yoostar.com.

The NBA joins a stellar group of Yoostar content providers including Paramount Pictures Corporation, Universal Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Lions Gate Films, Inc.

The Yoostar system ($149.95 suggested retail price) includes all the tools to turn a home or office into a broadcast studio: a sophisticated camera with built-in microphone, green screen, remote control and Yoostar software that runs on both PCs and Macs. The system comes with an assortment of clips, with hundreds of additional film scenes and television moments available for purchase and download at www.yoostar.com.
I have no idea why anyone would be willing to pay $149.95 for something that they could technically do for free with a cheap microphone and Youtube (and in this economy), but more power to Yoostar and the NBA.

Do Your Own Commentary On NBA Highlights and Videos With Yoostar (Sports Rubbish)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 1:08 PM


Good idea in theory, bad idea to charge for that much money.

On another note, did anyone else notice Reggie Miller was standing up when the Cavaliers had a chance to win it in regulation? I'm not sure I've ever seen that happen because the camera panned out pretty far.

SSReporters said...
Jan 16, 2009, 1:16:00 PM  

Not a bad idea, not a good price tag. Even in a good economy, I don't know many people that would purchase this thing.

GMoney said...
Jan 16, 2009, 1:30:00 PM  

It looks like it does a lot more than just add audio. It actually puts you in the video, and comes with the licensed video clips (i.e. it would be legal, as opposed to a lot of youtube stuff):


Jan 16, 2009, 2:03:00 PM  

Or you can just do what I normally do. Buy a video game, turn off the game-announcers, and do the announcing yourself.

JFein said...
Jan 16, 2009, 2:24:00 PM  

@JFein, I had a college roommate who did that. And I'm not just talking normal play-by-play, my favorite is when he'd say something like, "Oh, and a TD saving tackle by Smith... Smith was a 2nd team All-American last year..."

Incredibly annoying.

dwhit said...
Jan 16, 2009, 3:46:00 PM  
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Scott said...
Jan 16, 2009, 4:01:00 PM  

Or you can actually become a sportscaster... of course you can't jump right into the NBA though.

And about Miller standing at the end of the game, that's not surprising, I stand for big moments if possible, gets you more into the moment. In fact during football broadcasts, I never sit down. Baseball, it depends on what's happening.

Scott said...
Jan 16, 2009, 4:02:00 PM  

@ dwhit: I do make sure that no one is around when I do that. ;-)

I do realize how annoying it can be with people in the room.

JFein said...
Jan 16, 2009, 4:59:00 PM  

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