It’s more than just March Madness inside the newly expanded sports production center in the Ball Communications Building on campus.
Ball State Sports Link, the nation’s first four-year academic program in sports production, continues its 11-year partnership with NCAA Digital and Social Media, as 21 NCAA Championships are on tap for the program from March through June.
Beginning March 11 with the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championship and continuing through the College World Series in June, students in Sports Link will collaborate with the NCAA and Turner Sports content teams on the 21 NCAA Championships.
A continuing educational partnership with the NCAA’s digital and social media department, as many as 40 sports production students will assist and create cross-platform content ranging from producing, editing, graphics and social care, all while operating an array of digital tools to provide fans and student-athletes the best experience.
The Championship run includes digital and social collaboration for the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships — from Selection Shows through the Final Four — including contests played in Indianapolis.
In addition, three students — Seena Greiwe, Peyton Monnell and Tristan Russell — are working directly alongside the Turner Sports staff with March Madness and NCAA.com.
Junior Faith Denig will serve as a control room producer for March Madness games at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“This important partnership with the NCAA is one which continues to expand each year,” Ball State’s Senior Director of Spork Production Chris Taylor said. “The countless opportunities our students are provided in the digital space, with multiple NCAA Championships, are not taken for granted. The fast-paced, quality and deadline-driven work is what employers are looking for. Students leaving Ball State with these skills are highly sought after by employers.”
Sports Link students will be busy working on the following championships:
March & April Championships
Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball
Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey
Track & Field
Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics
Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships
May & June Championships
Men’s and Women’s Soccer
Track & Field
Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse
About The NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for nearly half a million student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes.