The 2017 SEC Gymnastics Championship is set to air on Saturday, March 18 on ESPNU at 2 p.m. (afternoon session) and SEC Network at 6 p.m. (evening session) from Jacksonville, Fla. After successfully producing the meet live for television for the first time last year, and debuting a second-screen experience, the network’s production raises the bar once again, transforming last year’s live apparatus feeds into team specific streams on SEC Network +.
“When we launched the apparatus streams last year we knew we had exponentially enhanced the viewing experience with a truly customized second-screen viewing option,” said Meg Aronowitz, ESPN coordination producer. “This year, in version 2.0, we looked for ways to make it more robust and improve navigation.”
The individual apparatus streams – bar, beam, vault and floor – become team specific feeds with a fresh new graphic look that includes a list of real-time scores for each athlete competing on that specific apparatus, as well as score updates from the teams competing simultaneously on the other events.
“We found viewers are using the streams to follow their preferred individual or team, while watching the comprehensive coverage of the meet on their television,” said Aronowitz. “By customizing each feed to a team – instead of an apparatus – a viewer no longer has to switch channels when the team rotates to a new event. Our cameras, and our statistical analysis, will stay with them.”
The All-Around feed will once again feature a live quad-box look of all four events. ESPNU and SEC Network’s television coverage will also utilize the “All-Around” quad-box view at various times throughout the meet.
All five viewing options are available through SEC Network + on the ESPN app and WatchESPN. Immediately following the meet, SEC Network + will also provide coverage of the trophy ceremony.
Olympic medalists and ESPN gymnastic analysts Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke are calling the Championship, with reporting from Laura Rutledge. The analysts both competed in Jacksonville, Fla. for the 1980 Olympic trials.
Conner, Clark and Rutledge are one of three commentating teams SEC Network utilizes in the regular season for the televising of more than 22 regular-season matchups, most of which air in the network’s “Friday Night Heights” franchise. This season the network introduced new graphics to help educate fans on scoring and expanded its live meet schedule.
SEC Network concludes its coverage of the gymnastics regular-season Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m., with a special SEC Inside: Gymnastics Championship show featuring new vantage points and exclusive sound from the Championship.