Championship coverage plan revealed
Site official home for 33 championships, live video for 25 finals
Turner Sports and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Thursday that NCAA.com will feature in-depth coverage and analysis of 33 NCAA championships, starting March 10 through April 17. The site also will feature live and exclusive video coverage of 25 NCAA Championship Finals, including Division III Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Division II and III Wrestling, National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey and Rifle and Division II and III Women’s Swimming.
NCAA.com, beginning March 10 with the National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Finals in Stowe, Vt., will provide a look into 33 collegiate national championships. During this five-week period, fans will be able to experience all the action from their favorite sports, athletic programs and student-athletes through previews and recaps, stats, video highlights, and features and behind the scenes access.
Additional NCAA.com coverage will include:
NCAA Championship Selection Shows
• Video streaming of nine selection shows so that fans can see which teams made the field as well as all the key matchups.
Complete Editorial Coverage
• In-depth analysis from the NCAA.com editorial team including previews; on-site student-athlete and team features; and recaps from all the Championship action.
• Fans can follow key stats including box scores, team leaders and scoring streaks.
• Fan can follow their team’s progress and look ahead to future matchups.
Video Highlights / Interviews / Features
• Fans will have one-click access to game highlights, coach and student-athlete interviews and behind-the scenes video features.
“It’s important for NCAA.com to offer fans the most comprehensive coverage possible for all NCAA Championships,” said Mark Johnson, vice-president and general manager, NCAA Digital. “Shining the spotlight on championships like skiing, indoor track and field and ice hockey gives us the opportunity to tell stories about student-athletes and athletic programs that have never been told before.”
“This is a great opportunity to provide positive exposure for NCAA student-athletes and our championships on a digital platform that caters directly to fan interests and a platform that will only continue to grow in the future with enhancements such as this,” said Greg Weitekamp, NCAA director of broadcasting. “When you look at the new dynamics, such as coverage of the selection shows, live stats, feature stories and interviews with coaches and student-athletes, we’re broadening the reach of NCAA sports on the web, especially in Divisions II and III, and strengthening the brand.”