NEC Basketball "Social" Media Day Returns to Barclays Center

NEC Basketball "Social" Media Day Returns to Barclays Center

Somerset, NJ -- What do you get when you combine Northeast Conference (NEC) hoops, social media and the state-of-the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn?

The answer is NEC Basketball "Social" Media Day 2.0 on October 22 as the league's 10 member institutions descend on Barclays Center for the second year in a row to raise the curtain on the 2013-14 season.

The #NECinNYC event is designed to enhance the fan experience with the proceedings to air live and in HD on NEC Front Row beginning at 11:00 a.m.  NEC Media Day will also air on delay in condensed form on Fox College Sports (FCS) in early November.

"The inaugural NEC Basketball "Social" Media Day was a huge success for the league, our coaches and fans," said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner.  "We are thrilled to return to Barclays Center to kick off the 2013-14. It's an amazing venue to showcase our men's and women's basketball programs.  Follow us live on NEC Front Row and interact with us on Twitter!"

 Along with every NEC men's and women's basketball coach, schools will also bring one player from each team to Barclays Center.  Players and coaches will be interviewed during the broadcast and made available to media attending the event.  NEC preseason polls and all-conference teams will also 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 will host the event.

The interactive nature of NEC Media Day will begin well in advance of the event. Fans can tweet questions for NEC coaches to @NECsports or by using the hashtag #NECinNYC.  During the broadcast, NEC Director of Social Media Ralph Ventre and Matt Martucci 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 33rd year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 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 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league's official website ( and digital network (, or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google+, all @NECsports.

About Barclays Center
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is 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 ( and SHoP Architects (, Barclays Center has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center offers approximately 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,813 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.
Barclays Center is hosting an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, the Brooklyn Nets and soon the New York Islanders.
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, BlackBerry, The Coca-Cola Company, Gym Source, High Point Solutions, JetBlue, LIU Brooklyn, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, SONY, and Willis. 
Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines. 

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