June 7, 2011
ATLANTA --- The West Coast Conference has been recognized as Honorable Mention for its "ESPNU All-Access: Behind the Scenes of a West Coast Conference Telecast" feature at the third annual College Sports Media Awards. The awards, sponsored by Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), were handed out on Tuesday as part of SVG's College Sports Video Summit, held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.
"We are truly humbled to be recognized by the Sports Video Group and NACDA as a College Sports Media Award Honorable Mention," said Jeff Tourial, the WCC's Director of Communications and New Media. "We received a lot of positive feedback on our Road to Las Vegas weekly show, and this feature was one small part. Special thanks to James Vega who shot and edited the final piece that aired on our show, along with telecast director Jerry Weinstein, ESPN, and the University of Portland for the access."
The WCC feature nominated, "ESPNU All-Access: Behind the Scenes of a West Coast Conference Telecast," was shot during a Saint Mary's College at University of Portland men's basketball game on January 29, 2011. As part of the WCC's strong relationship with television partner ESPN, the conference was granted exclusive access to the telecast's production truck and meetings leading up to, and during, the game. The WCC's Road to Las Vegas cameras captured the makings of a national telecast, and the WCCsports.com team produced the feature piece that originally debuted on-line beginning February 16.
"We had a record number of entries this year and we saw the quality of production rise to a very high level, creating a fierce competition," said Tom Buffolano, conference chair of the College Sports Video Summit. "After tabulating the voting done by our expert panel of judges, we found that there were many worthy entries that, although not nominated, still deserved to be recognized for outstanding achievement. They are receiving an Honorable Mention. We felt that it was important to recognize the high quality of production outside of the short list of nominees."
This year, more entities submitted more content than ever before as the total number of submissions nearly doubled the total from the inaugural awards in 2009.
The submissions and nominees were split across three divisions - College Athletic, College Academic, and Professional. Each division had three categories: Live Game and Event, Outstanding Promotional Video or Campaign, and Special Feature.