- From NortheastConference.org
Somerset, NJ -- The Northeast Conference (NEC) will be conducting its first in-person Basketball Media Day in a decade on October 23, but with a modern twist to the traditional format.
As NEC men's and women's hoops coaches descend on the brand new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the entire "NEC in NYC" event has been designed to enhance the fan experience.
Billed as NEC "Social" Media Day, the festivities will be webcast live and in HD on NEC Front Row beginning at 11:00 am. NEC Media Day will also air on delay in condensed form on Fox College Sports (FCS) in early November.
"We are excited to bring the NEC Basketball "Social" Media Day to New York City and to partner with Barclays Center, said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner. "This event will highlight the NEC's continued commitment to increase exposure for our basketball programs as well as to promote the recently launched NEC Front Row, our state-of-the art digital network."
The program is set to include interviews with every NEC men's and women's basketball coach. NEC preseason polls and all-conference teams will be announced, and a number of the league's top bloggers will engage in a hoops roundtable discussion on the coming season. Longtime NEC commentators Dave Popkin and Tim Capstraw have been tabbed to host the proceedings.
The interactive nature of NEC Media Day will begin well in advance of the event as fans can Tweet questions for NEC coaches to @NECsports. During the broadcast, NEC Director of Social Media Ralph Ventre and NEC Front Row announcer Craig D'Amico will be interacting with fans and highlighting the best tweets on air. By using the hashtag #NECinNYC, the most active and engaging tweeters will have the opportunity to win NEC prize packs.
About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 32nd year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 23 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (NY), Saint Francis (PA) and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit www.northeastconference.org or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @NECsports.
About Barclays Center
Scheduled to open on September 28, 2012, Barclays Center will be a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (www.aecom.com/architecture) and SHoP Architects (www.shoparc.com), Barclays Center will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,200 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.
Barclays Center will host an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, professional hockey, and the Brooklyn Nets. Some of the special programming that is already scheduled includes JAY Z, who will open the building on September 28 with the first of his eight concerts, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Journey, Leonard Cohen, The Who, Bob Dylan and His Band with Special Guest Mark Knopfler, Rush, John Legend, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, UB40, Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Hezekiah Walker, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The King's Men gospel concert with Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, and Israel Houghton, 2012 Verizon's How Sweet the Sound™, Russell Peters, the Barclays Center Classic men's college basketball tournament, Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Islanders vs. Devils game, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, Kellogg's® Tour of Gymnastics Champions, and the New York Masters equestrian show jumping. Current programming alliances with Barclays Center include Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld Entertainment, Lagardère Unlimited, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for Barclays Center include American Honda Motor Co., Inc., American Express, Calvin Klein, Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino, GEICO, MetroPCS, Stolichnaya, and Ticketmaster. Other sponsors include: adidas, Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Haier America, HighPoint Solutions, LIU Brooklyn, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, SONY, Tyco, and Willis.
Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center will be accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.
For more information on Barclays Center, please visit www.barclayscenter.com. For more information on the Brooklyn Nets, please visit www.brooklynnets.com.