Sports Link Offers FREE Virtual Camps June 28-29-30

Ball State Sports Link, the nation’s first four-year sports production academic program, has moved its annual Summer Workshop Series into a virtual setting for Summer 2021.

The FREE virtual camp is slated to run nightly June 28-29-30 from 7-9 p.m. ET, with Sports Link instructors, alumni and industry professionals. Sessions include storytelling, play-by-play and creative content production.



Rising high school students (to-be freshmen through seniors) with an interest in sports media and production are encouraged to join us for these FREE nightly workshops.

High school educators are also encouraged and welcome for any nightly session.

The virtual workshops will be conducted entirely online and students can register for any individual night or multiple nights. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Monday, June 28
Storytelling: Why The Story Still Wins

Although the last 15 months across the sports landscape has been challenging, there was one foundation of our industry which remained consistent: storytelling. From documentaries to features, social media to YouTube, stories are part of our life. What makes a good story? How do you tell it?

This session will also introduce to our award-winning Sports Link program at Ball State and how you could be a future member.

Chris Taylor, Senior Director of Sports Production, Associate Lecturer
Alex Kartman, Director of Sports Production, Associate Lecturer

Tuesday, June 29
Play By Play: More Than A Voice

To capture your audiences’ eyes, ears and hearts, you have to craft a story. Learn how to prepare for a broadcast, ask quality questions and focus your play-by-play to tell the best story possible.

Chris Taylor, Senior Director of Sports Production, Associate Lecturer
Alex Kartman, Director of Sports Production, Associate Lecturer

Nick Yeoman, IndyCar Radio Network
Nick Yeoman began with the IndyCar Radio Network in 2010. The Lafayette Indiana native can be found out on the course handling play-by-play turn announcing for all IndyCar Series broadcasts on road/street circuits and on pit lane where he spent his first 5 years for events on ovals.

Yeoman, a Sports Link alum, also anchors IndyCar Radio’s coverage of the Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires and was positioned in Turn 1 for the Indianapolis 500 where he eloquently called Hélio Castroneves’ historic 2021 win.

Mick Tidrow, BEK Sports Network/Stadium
Mick Tidrow is a professional sports broadcaster and currently works for BEK Sports Network as a TV Play-by-Play broadcaster. He also handles the play-by-play of the Indoor Football League for Stadium.

Tidrow, a Sports Link alum, was the radio voice of Ball State Women’s Basketball and a sideline reporter for Ball State Football for two years. His resume also includes play-by-play for ESPN platforms, Learfield/IMG and the NCAA.

In his summers, Tidrow was the voice of the Missoula Osprey (2018 | Pioneer Leauge) Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (2017 | Northwoods League), Kitsap BlueJackets (2016 | West Coast League).

Wednesday, June 30
From Concept To Creation: Producing Content

Across social media and arena big screens, to broadcast teases and show opens, flashy hype videos for your favorite teams require creative concepts to capture your attention. To fully develop quality content you have to create scenes to continually capture the audience’s interest. Learn how to construct a strong scene through visuals, metaphors and structure.

Chris Taylor, Senior Director of Sports Production, Associate Lecturer
Alex Kartman, Director of Sports Production, Associate Lecturer

Garett Wright, Features Producer, Big Ten Network Originals

Garret Wright, a three-time Emmy winner, works as a producer on Big Ten Network’s award-winning original feature programs, such as The Journey: Big Ten Football, The Journey: Big Ten Basketball and Campus Eats.

He also shoots, edits and produces other cinematic programming at the network for distribution on both linear television and digital/social channels. His aim is to bring the best stories of the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions to fans and alumni across the country in whatever format reaches them best.

As a features producer, Wright owns a story from start to finish. He generates and researches story ideas, handles the logistics of shoots, hires and supervises camera and sound operators, field produces, conducts interviews with athletes and coaches, rough edits features and works with the other full-time and freelance editors to supervise the final cut of features.


Author: Chris Taylor

Senior Director of Digital Sports Production & Lecturer of Telecommunications | 2017 Recipient of SVG College Sports Summit Pioneer Award | Storyteller | Producer | Emmy Award Winner | Sports Media Junkie | Social Media Strategist | Country Music Enthusiast | Goldendoodle Owner | Follow me on Twitter @BallStateCT

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