NCAA digitizing championships
Literally tens of thousands of hours of NCAA championship sports footage is available online through a deal the NCAA cut with Thought Equity, a footage licensing and management company. Thought Equity is currently in the midst of a massive digitization project of the entire archived library of NCAA championships coverage, beginning with footage captured as early as 1906.
The library footage is not available to the public and is designed instead for entertainment, creative and corporate production companies (those interested in previewing and purchasing footage can visit www.thoughtequity.com/ncaa/.
The collection includes plays from 88 NCAA championships in 23 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports from Divisions I, II and III, including basketball, football, baseball, ice hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball and more. In addition to a century of original NCAA championship game footage, Thought Equity will produce and make available for licensing agency quality clips from current events both in film and HD formats.
One of the primary reasons that the NCAA has joined with Thought Equity is for the preservation of our extensive video archive collection, says Greg Weitekamp, NCAA director of broadcasting. Our video library is one of the most sought-after collections for two reasons. One, it represents the broadest range of men and women’s collegiate sporting events available in any single library. And two, NCAA sports are a compelling and effective way to illustrate key concepts such as teamwork, spirit, success and excellence.