University of Oklahoma to be Honored with SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award

The Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) is pleased to announce that the University of Oklahoma is the recipient of the 2014 SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award. The award will be formally presented at the SVG College Sports Summit in Atlanta on May 28.

OklahomaLogo“What a tremendous honor for our entire staff,” says Brandon Meier, Assistant Athletic Director, Broadcast Relations at the University of Oklahoma. “We have an amazing team of producers, directors, editors, engineers, and motion graphic designers. This award is a credit to their hard work, innovation and drive to produce the highest quality content for all of our platforms.”

The Technology Leadership Award is presented to the university athletic department that meets the outlined criteria of commitment to the investment in and execution of broadcast and video infrastructure and technologies.

“Developing the Institutional Network concept we envisioned nearly seven years ago required a highly talented, passionate, and committed staff,” says Joe Castiglione, Director of Athletics at the University of Oklahoma. “Being honored with the 2014 SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award allows others to know about our outstanding staff led by Brandon Meier.”

OU’s SoonerVision is one of the top video production operations in the industry. Centered in a pair of control rooms in the bowels of Gaylord Family – Memorial Coliseum, SoonerVision produces well over 200 live events annually, which are aired on Fox Sports Oklahoma, regional Sooner Sports Network affiliates, All-Access area of, and Oklahoma Cox channels.

Oklahoma’s commitment to video production and education is unrivaled as SoonerVision’s impressive crew features 17 full-time administrators and more than 100 students.

“When I came to OU seven years ago Joe Castiglione had a vision that went well beyond programming and operating our big screens,” says Meier. “Under his leadership, we have taken Television, Digital, Big Screens and Post Production to a whole new level.”

In 2011, the university invested nearly $2.5 million to boost its live-video offerings through a new control room, two Grass Valley Kayenne switchers, six new Sony cameras (three HD1400Rs and three robotics), a telestrator, and an EVS XT3.

“The University of Oklahoma was a leader back in the 1950’s with the development of the first “Coaches Shows” and continues to position itself to reach more of our fans globally with the technology enhancements and multi-media productions,” says Castiglione. “We’re grateful to all who chose to recognize our wonderful staff.”

Previous Winners
2013 – University of Notre Dame, Fighting Irish Digital Media


SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award
Official Award Criteria

The SVG/NACDA Athletic Administration Technology Award shall be awarded annually to a university athletics department in recognition of excellence in investment in and execution of broadcast and video infrastructure and technologies.

The recipient will have established a comprehensive workflow that enhances the fan experience through broadcast, digital, and in-venue technology and puts video production at the center of distributing the university or conference’s message.

The recipient will be judged in the following categories:

I           Innovation
The department has invested in significant video-infrastructure technologies for television, digital, and/or in-venue distribution. It has demonstrated an understanding of broadcast, streaming, and venue technologies that enhance the fan experience at the game, at home, or via mobile platforms. The department’s investments have also established a connected workflow that unites the department’s numerous venues.

II         Leadership
The department demonstrates an ability to develop and maintain strong relationships and working partnerships with television-network and other media partners, while effectively negotiating and navigating its various rights deals.

III        Vision/Culture
The department has committed to a long-term plan that demonstrates its understanding of the value of a strong video and technology infrastructure in both public and in-venue distribution. The department creates video content, in both live and postproduction environments, and uses the video medium across multiple platforms, be it on television, online, or in-venue.

IV        Performance
The department produces high-quality sports-video content for television, Internet, and/or digital/mobile distribution and demonstrates an excellence in the quality of its live and postproduction content. It has developed a workflow that maximizes its investments in telling the athletic department and university’s story through video.

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