adidas, Twitter Establish Live Stream Series on High School Football
adidas and Twitter announced Friday Night Stripes — the first-ever live streaming series of high school football games on Twitter. Featuring nationally ranked teams from across the country, including teams from California, Nevada, Indiana, Georgia, and Florida, the 8-game series will start on September 7 and continue throughout the regular high school football season with the final game on November 9.
“From grassroots to the NFL, adidas is ever-present in football culture and being digital first is everything when it comes to connecting with our consumer,” says Kelly Olmstead, VP of Brand Activation for adidas. “We’re excited to be the first brand to live stream high school football games on Twitter and revolutionize the way fans can experience the game.”
“High school football fans view Twitter as an indispensable tool to follow what’s happening — whether it’s the national recruiting stage or their local communities, every Friday night, we see players, teams, coaches, alumni, and fans embrace this passionate culture,” says Andrew Barge, Head of Sports Broadcast Partnerships at Twitter. “We’re thrilled to partner with adidas and Intersport to help fulfill this massive and untapped opportunity. Both have established credibility as creators in the high school sports arena, and with Twitter’s engaged audience, we’re excited to deliver eight live games that celebrate the unique, community-based passion for high school football on a national level.”
Announcing the games are ESPN and SEC Network’s play-by-play announcer Courtney Lyle, with analysis by Super Bowl XLV Champion A.J. Hawk of the Green Bay Packers and sideline reporting by YouTube personality Cameron “Scooter” Magruder. Additionally, special guests will make appearances and join the play calling throughout the series of games, including adidas Football NFL athletes and entertainment partners and influencers.
“Combining the passion and excitement of high school football with a premium live video experience from Twitter exemplifies how adidas is the brand that truly fuses sports and culture,” says Jeff McGillis, VP of U.S. Sports for adidas. “Friday Night Stripes provides a unique digital stage for the next generation of football players to showcase their skills and an opportunity for adidas to build and share football culture across the globe.”
All eight games in the Friday Night Stripes series will be streamed live on Twitter and be produced by Intersport. Listed below are some of the key match-ups. Additional games will be announced throughout the season (schedule is subject to change).
- 9/7 – Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, GA) vs. McEachern (Powder Springs, GA)
- McEachern – Alumni include nine former All-Americans and four alumni that have played in the NFL
- 9/14 – Ben Davis (Indianapolis, IN) vs. Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN)
- Ben Davis – Defending state champions, 9 state titles in school history
- Warren Central – USA Today pre-season Top-25, six state titles in the last 15 years, 10+ alumni that have played in the NFL
- 10/12 – Marietta (Marietta, GA) vs McEachern (Powder Springs, GA)
- Marietta – Pre-season #15 in country, 9 alumni have played in the NFL
- 10/18 – Doral (FL) vs. Chaminade (FL)
- Doral – 12-3 in 2017
- Chaminade – Defending 3A state champions.
“We’re excited to continue producing relevant and cutting-edge content for Twitter that engages fans of all interests,” says John Paquet, Executive Producer for Intersport. “Producing these live events allows us to apply a holistic approach to modern-day consumption that melds fans’ appetite for video with their desire to remain connected in real-time.”
The Friday Night Stripes series is the latest example to highlight how adidas is a leader in the digital space. Earlier this year, adidas live streamed the talks series, concerts, and other activations from its 747 Warehouse St. basketball culture experience during NBA All-Star week.
Live coverage for each game will be available globally to Twitter’s logged-in and logged-out audience and can be accessed via @adidasFballUS on computers, tablets, and mobile devices. The live streams will also be accompanied by a Twitter timeline, featuring related real-time conversation to create a unified experience for viewers to watch, Tweet, and view commentary about high school football’s top teams.