College Sports Media Awards Entry Window Opens Saturday

The entry window for the 2014 College Sports Media Awards opens this Saturday. The Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) continue to recognize the best in college sports-video content.

CSMA2014After a record number of submissions in 2013 — 28% more than in 2012 — the competition promises to be tough again this year. The awards will honor everyone from major network broadcasters to talented students.

The 2014 College Sports Media Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday May 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta in conjunction with the 2014 SVG College Sports Summit.

View the Official Rules and get your entries ready today.

Awards are given in the following divisions:

National Networks/Professional: Any television network that reaches more than 20 million homes via cable, satellite, or over-the-air transmission (as of Jan. 1, 2014).  Any independent agency or production company for hire would submit in this category.

Regional and Local Networks: Any television network that reaches fewer than 20 million homes via cable, satellite, or over-the-air transmission (as of Jan. 1, 2014). Examples include divisions within a larger company or network as long as they operate as an independent business unit (for example, Fox, Cox, Comcast, Time Warner Cable regional and local networks).

Collegiate Athletics: All NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA, and accredited institutions and conferences or governing organizations. These productions are funded, supervised, and executed solely by athletic department employees and their staff (full-time, part-time, freelance, intern, student).

Collegiate Student: All NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA, and accredited institutions. These productions are funded and supervised solely by university employees (athletic or academic). The production work is completed solely by students (undergraduate or graduate) who are enrolled part-time or full-time at that institution during the period designated for the content to be produced to be eligible for the awards. In the case of the Live Game and Event category, 80% of the production personnel must be students to be eligible. Students who are paid are also eligible.

Entrants in each of the four Divisions will compete for awards in these four categories:

1. Live Game and Event Production (time limit of 5 minutes per entry): The production of any live college sports event for TV, IPTV, Internet, mobile, any connected device, or in-stadium scoreboard feed. If fans can watch the event as it happens, the video qualifies for this category. This includes games, press conferences (for example, National Signing Day), pep rallies, pre- and post-game coverage, etc. Entries must be a contiguous segment of the game or event. No editing or highlight reels will be accepted. Please do not include show opens or teases, which are eligible in another category.

2. Special Feature (time limit of 8 minutes per entry): Short-form video where the subject matter is singular (one college sports subject) in any of the following areas as examples: teams, coaches, players, parents, siblings, historical events, athletic department employees, trainers, medical staff, recruiting, instruction, behind-the-scenes footage, Senior Day, etc. Distribution methods can include TV, IPTV, Internet, mobile, any connected device or in-stadium feeds.

3. Program Series (time limit of 10 minutes per entry): Program series that have a connected topic or theme. The Program Series should have a minimum of three episodes to be eligible. The entry should highlight any of the following areas as examples: teams, coaches, players, parents, siblings, historical events, athletic department employees, trainers, medical staff, recruiting, instruction, behind-the-scenes footage, Senior Day, etc. Distribution can include TV, IPTV, Internet, mobile, any connected device, and in-stadium feeds. Please submit a minimum of three excerpts that show a connection between the program series or multiple features.

4. Program Open, Tease, Promotional Video, PSA, and Campaigns (time limit of 2 minutes per individual entry, 6 minutes for campaigns): Includes program opens and teases as well as video created for the purpose of marketing and branding (such as a PSA) or for promotion or sales. This category encompasses message-based videos created for the purpose of promoting a coach, player, sport, announcer, employee, university or league athletic program, or upcoming events for the purpose of tune-in, sales (tickets, ads, booster), charity, public service, image, awareness of a brand, accomplishments, championships, outstanding athletic and academic achievement, facilities, benefits, etc. Distribution can include TV, IPTV, Internet, mobile, in-stadium feeds, DVD or hard copy (not for sale), or internal or private use. For those entering a series of promos to represent a campaign, the maximum is three related promos (total 6 minutes) per entry.