Ball State Sports Link, the nation’s first digital sports production program, continues its work around March Madness for a ninth consecutive year with a new, daily studio show — NCAA®️ Women’s Basketball Tourney Watch.
Tourney Watch, entirely produced by students, is scheduled for a run of 10 shows in 12 days starting Friday, March 22 surrounding the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.
ESPN talent, including Adam Amin, Maria Taylor, Holly Rowe and more are slated to be part of the show throughout the tournament.
Tourney Watch will be available on multiple platforms and premiere each tourney gameday morning on @ncaawbb social channels.
All 63 games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2, and available to stream via the ESPN App, with regionalized coverage for the first and second rounds on ESPN2. The regional semifinals and finals will air on ESPN and ESPN2.
Ball State senior Adrian Jarding, also a 2018-19 NCAA digital extern, is the executive producer. Junior Jack Kizer, sophomore Rachel Berry and sophomore Jarin Matheny are the show’s talent and co-producers.
Freshman Faith Denig is the lead director, while sophomore Jared Frank is the lead technical director.
Tourney Watch will have a team of as many as 15-20 students at one time contributing content and highlights to the show as part of Sports Link’s traditional NCAA Social Hub.
Jarding will also represent Sports Link at the Final Four in Tampa. Sophomore Seena Griewe will lead the Sports Link team at the men’s Final Four in Minnesota. Senior Alex Thomas is working from the Turner Studios in Atlanta.
In addition to women’s and men’s basketball, junior Joey Velasquez is leading Sports Link’s side of the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championship and freshman Ryan Klimcak is leading Sport Link’s NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship digital content production.
Students will be producing, curating, filtering and responding to content, all while operating an array of social media tools to provide fans the best experience of each championship.
Ball State’s digital sports production center in the Ball Communications building (BC 216) will transform into the social hub for the four NCAA Championships through April.
Tourney Watch Episode #1: https://www.facebook.com/NCAAWomensBasketball/videos/400747830721552/