ESPN first broke out their “Interactive Tuesdays” during College Football, and even though the feature was pretty lame and not widely used, the network is adding it to their Tuesday College Basketball broadcasts. Via ESPN…
On the heels of its successful first college football season, ESPN’s Interactive Tuesdays returns to television and ESPN.com with a schedule of college basketball games. The line-up includes #9 Clemson, #14 Marquette, #22 Villanova and Memphis. Fully integrated ESPN Conversations, polls and Sound Off, which allows fans to upload video commentary, will be available during ESPN’s telecasts and will give college hoops fans an interactive chance to be heard and to connect with each other around the game.
The first Interactive Tuesday featured a college football game on September 30, 2008 (Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic): ESPN Conversations (on ESPN.com) during the game generated more than 5,300 comments, nearly three times the comments of an average Friday night college football game; Polls averaged thousands of responses in just two minute spans and Voice of the Fan audio and call-in features – all via ESPN.com and mobile devices – received nearly 5,000 recorded messages, nine of which were aired during the telecast.
I still think the idea is hokey, but if they can get people more people watching because of a shot at 15-minutes of game, then they mind as well try it out for Basketball too. Here’s your schedule of games in case you’re interested….
January 13th – Memphis at Tulsa (7:30pm)
January 27th – Boston College at Maryland (7:30pm)
February 10th – #14 Marquette at #22 Villanova (7:30pm)
February 17th – Maryland at #9 Clemson (7:30pm)
February 24th – Texas A&M at Nebraska
March 3rd – Kansas State at Oklahoma State (7:30pm)
(All games on ESPN2)
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