SAN JOSE, Calif. - For the second consecutive season, San José State Athletics is a finalist for the Sports Video Group (SVG) College Sports Media Awards, announced by the Sports Video Group. The Spartans are 1-of-8 finalists in the Collegiate Athletics Championship division for their live game production of football against Colorado State on Nov. 5.
The Spartans defeated the CSU Rams, 28-16, in front of near capacity crowd at CEFCU Stadium back in November. Justin Allegri (play-by-play) and former super bowl champion and SJSU alum James Jones (analyst) were on the call for the broadcast, along with sideline reporter Kylen Mills. The SJSU-CSU game was the most watched of any of the SJSU broadcasts in 2022-23.
"Broadcast is one of the three pillars of brand awareness for the athletics department," said Director of Athletics Jeff Konya. "I want to thank our broadcast team of Justin Allegri, James Jones, Kylen Mills, Sky Kerstein and NBC Sports Bay Area for a great partnership. We will continue to enhance our broadcasts moving forward and add additional content by featuring football and many other sports."
Allegri just finished his 10th season calling football games for the Spartans. Jones called both games last year on NBC Sports Bay Area, and Mills just completed her second season on the sidelines for SJSU football.
"We have an incredible team here at San José State and the success we have had this year in all sports has been incredible," said Deputy Athletics Director Scott MacDonald. "Telling these stories through The Charge, our all-access show, and broadcasts which added baseball, softball, women's gymnastics and women's volleyball this year to football, men's and women's basketball was a great stride for the athletics department. I want to thank Ben Rodrigues from NBC Sports Bay Area, Rich Zirkel from Ability Advertising and Jesse Flores from NBC Universal for a tremendous second year of this partnership and look forward to increasing the relationship in 2023-24."
"It's a nice honor to have SVG recognize us for a second consecutive year," said Broadcast and Digital Media Coordinator Justin Allegri. "We were thrilled with the production improvements, including the additional games covered by NBC Sports Bay Area as we continue to grow in that area. The Colorado State game was one of the best we produced all season, and it was the culmination of a great collaboration between SJSU Athletics and NBC Sports Bay Area."
Finalists will be celebrated and winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at the 15th Annual SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA which will be held at the SVG College Summit in the Omni Atlanta Hotel on May 31 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET.
"The college sports video production community answered the call in every facet of the game for this year's CSMAs," says Brandon Costa, Director of Digital at Sports Video Group and Program Director of the SVG College Summit. "From live game production to special features and videos produced specifically for social media or venue videoboards, the quality of the content has never been stronger. Schools of all staffing and budget sizes excelled in this year's competition. The amount of quality video production work being done at campuses across the country is truly incredible. It is one of the great honors for us here at SVG to host the CSMAs. This has been a special year for all involved.
About Sports Video Group
The Sports Video Group was formed in 2006 to support the professional community that relies on video, audio, and broadband technologies to produce and distribute sports content. Leagues, owners, teams, players, broadcasters, and consumer technology providers have joined the SVG to learn from each other, turn vision into reality, implement new innovations, while sharing experiences that will lead to advancements in the sports production/distribution process and the overall consumer sports experience. For more information, visit www.sportsvideo.org.