NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has recognized the University of Oklahoma as the recipient of the 2014 SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award. The award will be formally presented at the SVG College Sports Summit in Atlanta on May 28.
The SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award is presented to the university athletic department that meets the outlined criteria of a commitment to the investment in and execution of broadcast and video infrastructure and technologies.
SoonerVision, the in-house video production arm of Oklahoma Athletics, produces all of the content on Sooner Sports TV, OU’s multi-platform network. Sooner Sports TV programming is delivered on a variety of FOX outlets, including FOX Sports Southwest, Oklahoma and FOX College Sports in addition to SoonerSports.tv. Sooner Sports TV includes hundreds of live games and showcases a variety of original programming and studio shows, including coaches' shows, weekly magazine shows, pregame shows and more. In addition, live webcasts and on-demand video content including highlights, features, interviews, classic videos and more are distributed online at SoonerSports.tv.
“Developing the institutional network concept we envisioned nearly seven years ago required a highly talented, passionate, and committed staff,” said Joe Castiglione, OU vice president of intercollegiate athletics and director of athletics. “Being honored with the 2014 SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award allows others to know about our outstanding staff led by Brandon Meier.”
Meier serves as assistant athletics director for broadcast operations, overseeing one of the top video production operations in the industry. Centered in a pair of control rooms in the bowels of Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Sooner Sports TV produces over 200 live events annually. Oklahoma’s commitment to video production and education is unrivaled by an impressive crew that features 17 full-time employees and more than 100 students.
“What a tremendous honor for our entire staff,” Meier said. “We have an amazing team of producers, directors, editors, engineers and motion graphic designers. This award is a credit to their hard work, innovation and drive to produce the highest quality content for all of our platforms.
“When I came to OU seven years ago Joe Castiglione had a vision that went well beyond programming and operating our big screens. Under his leadership, we have taken television, digital, big screens and post production to a whole new level.”
In 2011, the university invested nearly $2.5 million to boost its TV production capabilities at SoonerVision. The upgrades included a second control room, two Grass Valley Kayenne Switchers, an additional EVS server and six broadcast cameras.
It’s great to see all of our sports programs benefit from the investment OU has made in SoonerVision,” Meier continued. “This year we will do over 130 live TV broadcasts across 13 different sports. All of these will air regionally or nationally on FOX Sports networks. It has been one of the busiest, yet most rewarding years ever for our department.”
“The University of Oklahoma was a leader back in the 1950s with the development of the first “coaches shows” and continues to position itself to reach more of our fans globally with the technology enhancements and multi-media productions,” Castiglione concluded. “We’re grateful to all who chose to recognize our wonderful staff.”