Feb. 18, 2014
Team members: Marcia Keegan - VP Production, Michael Shiffman - Executive Producer, Ed Eck - Producer, Scott Turken - Producer, Steven Roberts - Segment Producer, Daniel Duquette - Associate Producer, Tim Dwyer - Associate Producer, Robert Snyder - Associate Producer, Kaitee Daley - Associate Producer, Stefan Carter - Production Assistant, Kate Radway - Associate Producer, Chere Boone - Segment Producer, Mike Bucklin - Producer, Nicole Peterson - Production Assistant, Gabe Goodwin - Coordinating Producer
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As ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter provides TV's most thorough presentation of sports news, highlights and analysis. The Top 10 plays of the night are a cornerstone of SportsCenter’s television presentation, and #SCtop10 is the thriving extension of the show in the social space.
The case for why this entry should win a Shorty
The #SCtop10 hashtag is a testament the show’s cultural impact, as fans strive to see their favorite plays and highlights on ESPN every night. It offers a way for SportsCenter to expand its content offerings and include user-generated video and sports that may have less awareness. Ultimately, the show ends up using #SCtop10 to its advantage, serving more fans, more sports, and maximizing a great show element.
However, a true indication of the hashtag’s ability to cut through is that it’s not just fans using #SCtop10 in on Twitter. Colleges, pro teams and athletes are also now putting the hashtag in tweets about games organically.
#SCtop10 was tweeted nearly 1 million times (970K) this year, up +145% from 395K last year. It garnered a multi-million-dollar sponsorship package from Mazda and also spawned an #SCtop10 "sub brand" of #SCnumber1, where fans can re-order the top 2 plays through tweet volume.
The hashtag has also migrated to other emerging platforms and is regularly used on Facebook, Instagram and Vine.