Each year, the Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics join forces to honor a college athletic department that has demonstrated a commitment to investing in and executing the infrastructure of broadcast and video. This year’s Technology Leadership Award went to Brigham Young University.
The combined efforts of BYU’s athletic department and nationally acclaimed BYUtv have brought video and technology to the fore on the college campus. From live production of hundreds of sporting events a year to high-end coaching video, BYU has established itself over the past two decades as a leader in college sports video production. The university continually strives to create programming for its global fanbase that showcases its student-athletes.
“We’ve worked extremely hard over the last few decades to produce great video content,” said Associate AD, Communications, Duff Tittle, drawing attention to the various media partners who have supported the rise of BYU athletics on the national and global scene. “About 30 years ago, we were fortunate enough to be involved in the very first live football broadcast on ESPN, and that relationship has grown into a partnership.”
Tittle also called attention to the hard work of Mikel Minor, Senior Producer of BYUtv Sports, BYU Cougar Athletics’ primary television house.
“BYUtv wouldn’t be BYUtv without him, and, without BYUtv, I wouldn’t be here today, and BYU wouldn’t be getting this great honor,” Tittle said. “Their partnership has been immense and they do everything for us.”
Minor joined Tittle on stage to jointly accept this year’s Technology Leadership Award and praised the athletic department for supporting BYUtv Sports’ vision and mission.
“BYUtv is cutting edge. The facility we have is sometimes referred to as Bristol West, and it really is that rugged and beautiful,” Minor said. “But none of this would be possible without the forward-thinking administration that put this in place and gave us the tools we need.
“We are grateful to be aligned with previous Technology Leadership Award winners – the University of Oklahoma and the University of Notre Dame – and our friends and colleagues,” he continued. “We thank SVG and NACTA for this award.”
Previous recipients of the SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award are the University of Oklahoma (2014) and the University of Notre Dame (2013).
Brandon Costa contributed to this report.