College Sports Media Awards: ESPN’s Jen Lada To Serve as Ceremony Emcee; Deadline To Enter Just One Week Away!

This year's CSMA finalists will be announced on May 30 with a ceremony to follow at the SVG College Summit in Atlanta

ESPN reporter and host Jen Lada will serve as master of ceremonies at the 2019 SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA (CSMA) on Thursday, May 30 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. Deadline to enter the 11th annual CSMAs is Monday, April 22, so get your entries in now!

The SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA recognize the best in college sports-video production, celebrating those who have pushed the envelope and set a higher standard for the quality of live and pre/postproduced college sports-video content. The CSMAs headline the 2019 SVG College Summit which is set to take place at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

FOR MORE: Enter the 2019 SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards

Lada is a versatile commentator for ESPN, appearing regularly as a features reporter on College GameDaySportsCenter’s award-winning storytelling brand SC Featured and many more marquee events. The Marquette graduate also serves as a host across multiple shows, including College Football Live. She has had success at the College Sports Media Awards herself, in 2017 winning trophies for Outstanding Special Feature in the National Networks division (“Heart of a Tiger”) for ESPN and in the Regional/Local Networks and Production Companies division (“Texas Fight”) for Longhorn Network.

Lada follows in a long line of prestigious CSMA hosts, including fellow ESPNers Tom Rinaldi and Rece Davis, Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt, and NCAA/BTN’s Andy Katz.

NOTE: Lada will also be speaking as part of our SVGW networking event at the SVG College Summit. SVGW will be held on Wednesday, May 29 beginning at 4 p.m., ET. To learn more about SVGW, contact SVGW Director Karen Hogan Ketchum at

This year’s CSMA competition features a restructuring of two divisions with, for the first time, Conference Offices and Governing Bodies competing in their own division. In addition, all media organizations — national networks, regional sports networks, third-party packagers, independent production companies — will compete in the new Professional division.

This year’s awards will be given in four divisions across five categories:


  • Professional
  • Collegiate Conference Offices and Governing Bodies
  • Collegiate Athletics
  • Collegiate Student


  • Live Game Production
  • Live Non-Game Production
Program Series
  • Special Feature
Promotion Video: Hype, Open, Tease, PSA, or Marketing Campaign

Those who have entered the SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA should note some key changes to the rules and entry procedures:

  • Conferences and Governing Bodies Now Have Their Own Division!
    Given the growth of live video production by conferences and governing bodies (NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA), this replaces the Regional Sports/Local/Syndicators Networks Division.
  • Production Companies, Regional/Local/Syndicators Now Compete With National Networks in New ‘Professional’ Division
    If you are entering as a production company, regional/local network, or syndicator, you will now compete in the National and Regional Networks, Local TV Stations, and Production Companies Division.
  • Social-Media/Digital-Platform Material Accepted
    Entrants are highly encouraged to submit entries designed primarily for social-media distribution, both live and preproduced. This includes games or non-game productions intended for airing on Facebook Live, Twitter, a Smart TV application, etc. If you have any questions about where your video fits, please ask!

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