Sports Link Oversees Social Media for March Madness Live
March Madness Live will provide fans with unparalleled multiscreen digital access to the tournament, which kicked off with First Four on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio. March Madness Live will offer streaming to subscribers throughout the tournament across a variety of screens, including online, mobile and tablet.
Sports Link’s involvement includes editing and producing real-time video highlights, photos and tweets for the Coke Zero NCAA March Madness Social Arena. Fans can follow game and tournament tweets, participate in fan chats, watch the games and keep a pulse on all the key moments. Fans can participate in the social commentary by using the hashtag #marchmadness.
As many as 25 students under the direction of Chris Taylor, telecommunications instructor, and Alex Kartman, a graduate assistant, will perform a variety of support and programming tasks, which include assisting in creating and monitoring the 68-team feeds.
In partnership between the NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports, March Madness Live was launched from www.ncaa.com/marchmadness, www.CBSSports.com and www.bleacherreport.com, along with Google Play and the App Store.
For 2013, Ball State Sports Link has set up a remote social monitoring operation on campus identical to the operation in Turner’s digital Event Operations Center. This allows students to get experience using the same workflows and tools for social monitoring and programming as those used at the Turner broadcasting facility in Atlanta—a one-of-a-kind live operations center for digital products.
Turner Sports has chosen to work with Sports Link based on its award-winning collegiate sports productions, its unique immersive approach to sports production education and the caliber of students involved in the program.
Sports Link started preparation for the tournament in February as students researched teams, storylines, social media trends and content. Students participated in two weeks of rehearsals and development time prior to the launch of March Madness Live.