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ESPN and Aloe Blacc: A True Night of Champions

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As the inaugural match for the new College Football Playoff format, we knew the 2014 National Championship Game (Oregon Ducks v. OSU) would be history-making by default. But we also knew that ESPN was part of college-football history, so we set out to prove it with its night-before-the-game VIP party called “Night of Champions.”

1200+ VIP guests were treated to specialty cocktails and photos with the National Championship Trophy, the All-State Field Goal and the ESPN the Magazine news desk. Along with interactive sponsor activations, guests were entertained by DJ Krakernuttz and a Campus DJ Spin-Off Championship, in which each school’s best DJs battled for bragging rights – and a record contract.

But the night’s biggest moment came when a local high school marching band wove its way through the crowd to the main stage, illuminated by a National Championship bracket showcasing each team’s season-long video highlights. While marching to ESPN’s SportsCenter theme song, the band made way for the evening’s top act: Grammy- and BET-nominated artist Aloe Blacc and his 12-piece band.

Everyone danced and sang through the early morning hours. It was historic.

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