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BizBash: How AT&T Brought Final Four Fans Inside the Game

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The brand’s immersive experience simulated the atmosphere of shooting a game-winning free throw.

By Mitra Sorrells Posted April 7, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

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At the N.C.A.A. Final Four Fan Fest, AT&T invited guests to attempt a free throw while surrounded by sights and sounds that simulated the atmosphere of a game. (Credit: Team Epic)

 – March Madness is known for creating heart-stopping, awe-inspiring moments as 68 college basketball teams get whittled down to just one that is crowned the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball champion. For this year’s Final Four in Houston, Texas, N.C.A.A. sponsor AT&T worked with Team Epic and MKTG to create an immersive activation at the Final Four Fan Fest designed to help fans feel connected to the game, which ties to the brand’s marketing campaign.

“Our current campaign is all about the ‘Network of You’—how AT&T’s network is personalized and keeps you connected to the things that are important to you any time and any place,” said Enrique Casanova, vice president of Team Epic. “There is probably no other sporting event in this country that creates the roller coaster of emotions that the N.C.A.A. tournament does. So we wanted to see if there’s a way to capture that emotion in a tangible way and show people what it feels like, to give college basketball fans that very future-forward, connected experience.”

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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April 7th, 2016 at 12:08 pm

AT&T Final Four Fan Fest, March Madness & Tip Off Tailgate!!

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MKTG was thrilled to manage three separate AT&T activations during Final Four Fan Fest, March Madness & Tip Off Tailgate over the past few weeks! Our AT&T activation at Final Four Fan Fest was a 4-day hoops fan fest at the George R Brown Convention Center. It was an awesome space that featured: appearances by basketball legends and current college coaches, the AT&T Pressure Point, a fully-immersive experience leveraging AT&T technology that puts you on the foul line with a chance to win the NCAA Championship, a relaxing space to charge your devices while watching DIRECTV, a Vine Studio to beef up your social media game at the Final Four and a hoops legend photo op inside an AT&T Connected Car, powered by in-vehicle wi-fi. Take a look at the photo journey below:

 

The March Madness Music Festival was a 3-day music festival at Discovery Green in Downtown Houston, TX. Friday night was AT&T’s entitlement night, called AT&T Block Party #attblockparty where Lukas Graham, Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy performed and absolutely brought the house down!

 

There was a brand experience and lounge activation all three nights featuring super cool dome structures with great lighting effects, customized screen print t-shirts, a Vine Studio to beef up your social media game at the festival, watch VR footage of other music performances in the Samsung VR area, a relaxing space to charge your devices while watching DIRECTV, a 360-degree photo op, Tip Off Tailgate, a 3-day tailgate activation outside nrg Stadium, AT&T Charging Zone featuring valet and while-you-wait charging, along with live DIRECTV to watch pre-game coverage!

 

 

 

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NCAA Women’s Final Four Tourney Town’s Lifestyle Lounge

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The NCAA Women’s Final Four is in Tampa this year April 5th and 7th, and we are producing Tourney Town, the fan festival.  Taking full advantage of the sunny Florida weather, we are holding the festival right outside the Amalie Arena, making it a perfect stop for fans before game time.

While much of Tourney Town is a great consumer showcase for NCAA Corporate Champions and Partner activations including AT&T, Capital One, LG and others, this year we have added a new element called the “Lifestyle Lounge” that will be open to fans on April 4th, 5th and 7th.

Typically, fan zones and the like are built out to engage young fans, and they do a great job attracting kids. But this space was designed to speak to female adults, an important demographic of women’s college basketball fans, and will feature chef demos, coaches cook-offs, Q&As, a lounge/patio area and social sharing activities and will be fun for the whole family. We are really excited to welcome fans and families to the Lifestyle Lounge and look forward to providing an update to everyone following the event!

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Guest Q&A: American Sports Journalist Bonnie Bernstein

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For this month’s Guest Column, we sat down with Bonnie Bernstein, American sports journalist and executive with a 20 year career. Currently Vice President, Content & Brand Development and On-Air Host for Campus Insiders, Bonnie was named one of the most accomplished female sportscasters in history by the American Sportscasters Association. Additionally, she freelances for The Dan Patrick ShowESPNespnW and DirecTV and serves as a guest commentator on several news networks, including MSNBCNBC and FOX News Channel. Bonnie shares her thoughts and expertise on the world of sports, broadcasting and public health.

BONNIE BERNSTEIN
@BonnieBernstein
www.bonniebernstein.com

How did you get your start as a sports broadcaster?
I decided when I was 12 or 13 that I wanted to be a sports writer, majored in broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland, then landed my first gig out of school at a start-up country radio station in Lewes, DE, called KIX 106. I was the News and Sports Director–a much more glamorous title than the job actually entailed! I’d wake up at 4:30 every morning for hourly studio updates from 6-9am, then head out in our white, clunky van adorned with a massive cowboy boot on the side and drive up and down the state of Delaware, covering everything from city council meetings to state politics to local high school basketball games. It was a blast and a tremendous learning experience… and I actually grew to love country music (Which, for a kid from NJ, was something you’d probably not expect!)

What’s your favorite part about broadcasting?
I love the adrenaline rush of “live.” It’s the closest thing I’ve ever felt to the actual rush of athletic competition (I did gymnastics for 14 years, all the way through college). You’re spewing information into a microphone and you have precisely one shot to get it right. I also love storytelling. There’s nothing better than gleaning a piece of information from someone or eliciting an anecdote from an interview subject he or she is sharing for the first time. Knowing even the most informed fan will walk away thinking, “Huh. Didn’t realize that” is a great feeling!

What is your favorite sporting event to attend each year, working and then as a fan?
Don’t really have a favorite in either category. I’d just say championship games, in general. Super Bowl, College Football Playoff Championship, Final Four. It’s the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work for both teams, but only one will be crowned when the clock expires. The biggest thrill, quite frankly, is being on the field/court for postgame. Confetti’s flying everywhere. Emotions are soaring (or sinking, in the case of the losing team). And I get to be at the center of it all as we round up interviews with players and coaches!

Do you have a favorite team and if so what is it?
New York Giants. Been a rough couple of years for Big Blue, but I’m hopeful for next season, especially with the prospect of having Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Jr, healthy and on the field together! If Eli can’t get it done with those two, I just don’t know…

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You have forayed your experience as a broadcaster to the boardroom. Can you tell us a little bit about what you are doing now?
I am the Vice President of Content and Brand Development for a new college sports network called Campus Insiders. It was an extraordinary entrepreneurial opportunity I couldn’t pass up! Essentially, I’m wearing two hats: I do a lot of on-air work during the college football season and March Madness for college hoops, but I also have the chance to touch other verticals of our business. I do everything from attending sales pitches and helping develop branded content concepts to working on PR/social media strategy to devising brand extensions for the network. It’s kinda like going to business school, but getting paid and the learning curve is truly invigorating!

In our research, we learned that you suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis, as does one of our colleagues. Can you tell us a bit more about DVT, your story and what we can do to help?
I was diagnosed with DVT in 2006. A massive blood clot that ran the length of my entire left leg broke off and infiltrated both of my lungs (known as Pulmonary Embolism). I was just 36 years old, so for the many folks out there who feel blood clots only inflict the elderly, I can tell you first hand, that’s not the case. More than two million Americans suffer a DVT each year and and complications take the lives of more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The good news is, the condition is largely preventable, if you’re aware of the symptoms and risk factors. Common risk-factors include age (over 40), family history, obesity, smoking, (for women) use of estrogen-based birth control (the Pill, Nuvaring, etc) or hormone replacement therapy and frequent travel where you’re immobile for extended periods, such as long-haul flights. Additionally, if you’re being treated for cancer or heart disease or are having major surgery, you’re at increased risk for blood clots. If you’re experiencing leg pain, redness and/or swelling, shortness of breath or acute chest pain, it’s always best to check with your doctor to see if you may have suffered a clot. The rule of thumb is, if you have three or more risk factors, you are high-risk, but again, the point to hit home is that by and large, DVT is preventable.

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BROKEN BONE TAKES BACKSEAT TO BRAVERY

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Let’s set the stage – It’s Sunday, March 31st and the madness is in full swing. The Louisville Cardinals are taking on the Duke Blue Devils at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It’s a packed house. Duke’s Tyler Thornton gets the pass and unleashes a perimeter jump shot. Louisville’s Kevin Ware flashes toward him and leaps high in the air for the block. Thornton gets the shot off, and Kevin Ware’s feet hit the court.

What occurs next is unfortunate, amazing, graphic and inspiring all at the same time.

We all saw it. We all winced and covered our eyes. We saw players, coaches, refs and fans alike gasp, collapse and hide their faces. Just about everyone in the building and watching at home was aghast at the sight of Kevin Ware’s broken leg. Everyone, that is, except for Kevin Ware. Despite his gruesome injury (which I’d rather not describe in vivid detail) Kevin didn’t just display amazing calm, he found a way to inspire. As tears streamed down the faces of his fellow players, Ware urged them on, telling them repeatedly “I’m ok, just win the game”. His team would rally and go on to beat Duke, advancing to the Final Four.

As the Louisville Cardinals regrouped and refocused to continue their title run, Ware’s influence was obvious. Players, coaches and family members who’d been affected by the graveness of the injury were given reason to smile. Ware, even while in the hospital, remained very much himself. Always smiling, always positive and with a seemingly superhuman calm, he showed the people around him that although his leg was broken, his heart was stronger than ever. Even his mother, who was horrified having watched the whole incident play out on TV, was relieved to hear her son tell her he’s going to be alright.

As the Cardinals cruised into the NCAA title match against the mighty Wolverines of Michigan, Ware, with his leg in a cast and crutches at his side would receive a standing ovation from the sold out Atlanta crowd. He would also receive hugs and high fives from teammates as they hoisted his #5 jersey in his honor. Ware cheered steadfastly from the sideline (dressed in uniform, no less) as the Cardinals beat the Wolverines, 82-76.

Kevin Ware may not have been on the court that day, but there is no doubt that he helped Louisville win the national title. As athletes will tell you, in order to be a champion, it requires more than just hustle. It requires more than good coaching, conditioning or knowing the playbook. Winning is all about heart, and Ware proved that his courage and calm in the face of unimaginable pain was enough to fuel his teammates to victory.

That’s what I call the heart of a champion.

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Written by Andrew Canlon
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April 12th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

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