No, the HepsTrack Twitter account was not hacked yesterday. In the midst of the action, the announcers on the Ivy Digital Network broadcast were so uninformed that I let my frustration out in some tweets. And, no, folks at the Ivy League weren’t pleased.
I don’t come today with an apology, but I do come with a more complete perspective. Working in college athletics is difficult — increasingly so with the demands and expectations created by the web. And at this time in particular at the Ivy office, folks are dealing with 13 sports coming to an end and 13 others getting underway. It is long and — many times — thankless.
So I want to be clear that I was thrilled that I was able to watch Heps Sunday from home. I am thrilled that families, friends and alums who were unable to make the trek to the great North were able to do so as well. I thought that the broadcast production was good — a multi-camera shoot with timely results and a running clock with split hesitations — and I think there were lessons that will allow it to be better in the future.
Early indications are that a lot of people watched the broadcast, hopefully enough that the League continues to shine its cameras on Heps. But, boy, we need knowledgable announcers because the sport and the League are widely encompassing. The Heps audience — especially those willing to drop $10 for the livestream — is going to know a lot already. So the announcers need more than track & field knowledge, but also an understanding of — and a rapport with — the audience.
So I offer up my services to the endeavor. Outdoor Heps at Yale, I am willing to put myself on the mic. Contact me here! 🙂