In a steady ascent, Jeff Mahoney has built summitcitysports.com into northeast Indiana's biggest and arguably best high school athletics live-streaming outlet.
In 2010, Mahoney returned to Fort Wayne after working in Naperville, Illinois, where the Bishop Dwenger and Missouri State graduate had started a similar online highlight show.
But he has grown the new iteration into something more than just highlights.
Mahoney's project now includes live streaming, with an emphasis on high school sports – and the SAC in particular. Last season, he streamed all but one SAC football game and a majority of basketball games. Mahoney, whose day job is as the football video coordinator and website coordinator for Saint Francis, said summitcity sports.com had 1.2 million views last year.
Mahoney learned the trade as a production assistant for Fox Sports in Los Angeles. But after a while, he longed to build something of his own, which led to the show in Naperville and eventually his return to Fort Wayne.
This summer, Mahoney's crews also showed live games for the Mac Pro-Am league at McMillen, which included past and present Fort Wayne basketball players such as Caleb Swanigan, V.J. Beachem, Rod Wilmont, Keion Brooks – senior and junior – and Justin Mitchell.
Mahoney has worked with Wilmont and Antonio Cannon showing Fort Wayne Flite games, being the official video site for the Central Basketball Association (which the Flite has won three years in a row).
“They asked if we would be interested in doing the Mac Pro-Am league,” Mahoney said.
“I looked at the rosters and thought this could be fun.”
Mahoney called summitcitysports a “work in progress,” with adding sponsors and thus maybe being able to get new equipment.
While still doing highlight videos, Mahoney has branched out to air live events such as high school wrestling, soccer, volleyball and baseball. He said his 20-member staff could expand in the future, adding more cameras to games and looking for producers to try to take some of the pressure off the 2-person crews who work most games.
His broadcasters and cameraman began as volunteers in the beginning eight years ago, but now have become paid positions. Mahoney, though, doesn't draw a salary yet from his endeavor.
There is no central hub, with Mahoney working out of his house and his office underneath the Bishop D'Arcy Stadium stands at Saint Francis, as well as staying mobile on laptops.
Also making it easier, and better, has been the addition of sponsors Parkview Sports Medicine a couple years ago and Big Eyed Fish last year.
“It has just gotten easier and easier to broadcast the games,” Mahoney said of the advancements in technology. “In the future, the idea would be to do a big production with a Game of the Week, and then still get the other games covered.
“The future is getting everything on the website. The future is tying everything back to summitcitysports and really trying to do a good job of detailed stats and schedules, in one place.”
The future looks pretty good.