Once a week, SEC Digital Media Director Eric SanInocencio will share insights on the inner-workings of the conference office.
Birmingham, Ala. -- We have dabbled in it before
. We even brought you the craziness of SEC Football Media Days. However, starting next week, it will be official. The SEC Digital Network "Live Stream" era begins.
Thanks to the hard work of many and the financial support of some, the floodgates have opened. When it comes to the SEC's championship events going forward, expect the "live stream" to be at the forefront of our coverage. What this means for the average SEC fan is a continued inside look from our most important events, a personal channel into the window of what happens in the SEC.
This era officially opens next Tuesday, when we live stream the SEC "BP Show" from Regions Park
. This 90-minute show will take place as teams practice on the field in Hoover, on the eve of this year's baseball tournament. I, along with Baseball America senior college writer Aaron Fitt
will be in the on-deck circle, literally, as we interview coaches and players and preview the upcoming event.
We tried this as an experiment last year, and due to the success and kind words from our fans the ball started rolling. We thought even bigger. Why not do this all the time? So, that's what we hope to do. From now on, the onus is on us (the SEC Digital Network
) to continue to raise the bar, and this behind the scenes video look seemed like the most logical place to start. I mean, what coverage do most fans want? What they don't have access too
. That's where the live stream comes in.
Now, back to next week's SEC "BP Show". The time isn't cemented yet, but we do have a window in that afternoon to make sure coverage is lined up, so you can watch a few teams practice and hear from some of your favorite players and coaches at the same time.
Why don't we know the time? Well, first off, we don't know who is in the tournament yet
. If you haven't noticed, there is approximately a 13-way tie for first place in the Western Division
(okay, it is only a four-way tie, but that two-thirds of the division). Once that is all worked out this weekend, the teams that do advance will pick their practice times. Once we know that, we'll cement a start time and get ready to move Digital Network operations to Regions Park for the week.
Not only will we be there, but we have some exclusive content to share as well. Thanks to the patience of SEC baseball contact Chuck Dunlap, we will announce this year's All-SEC teams live on air during the show. So, as you watch our favorite team take a few swings on the field, you'll find out, before anyone else, who made the league's select squads. Not bad huh? Should be lots of fun as we find out who will take home this year's hardware. I'm sure this weekend's game may help cement the award winners next week. We shall see.
But, we aren't stopping there. Not at all. The following week the SEC Digital Network will go where it has never been, and live stream a show from the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla. This will be a one of a kind broadcast, highlighting the key items and featuring interviews with the biggest names in the Southeastern Conference. It will air on Tuesday as well (May 31st), and bring a bevy of coaches and administrators into your living room as they explain what happens behind the closed doors of SEC meetings.
Again, this is just the beginning. The Georgia Dome, March Madness, coaches meetings in Birmingham, bringing this all to you is possible now. We have drawn the curtain back, and plan on showing you a side of the Southeastern Conference you have never seen. Buckle up, should be a fun ride.
Hope you join us next Tuesday, as we start to unveil the "Live Stream Era" from Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama.