“With the second pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Carson Wentz, quarterback from North Dakota State.” With that announcement, the Carson Wentz era began in Philadelphia and Eagles fans everywhere went wild.
Hungry for information about their team’s landmark first-round draft pick and the many subsequent surprises the 2016 draft would hold, thousands of Eagles’ fans turned to their most reliable source for in-depth insider information about the midnight green and black, PhiladelphiaEagles.com. As part of their “Eagles Draft Central” coverage, the team’s internal video production department – Eagles Network – undertook a massive effort in an attempt to satisfy their fans’ insatiable demand for “everything draft,” coverage that extended far beyond the Philadelphia media market.
Mark Leblang directs and co-produces the team’s draft coverage, and says that, in recent years, the Eagles have taken special care to differentiate their coverage from the nationally-produced draft coverage available on ESPN and from the NFL Network. “We feel there’s an opportunity to provide Eagles fans with a more tailored coverage strategy,” Leblang says, “We’re positioned to offer them comprehensive analysis of the Eagles’ selection, and then, add in additional perspective from outside football experts.”
Tony Pauline is the publisher of DraftInsider.net and is widely considered one of the most knowledgeable draft experts in the business. Hoping to bring more objective coverage of the Eagles’ draft picks. “Eagles Draft Central” reached out to Pauline, asking him to become part of their coverage package. It was a tremendous idea with only one drawback. Pauline works out of New York City, and arranging a satellite video link to Pauline’s draft bunker would have proved prohibitively expensive. But as one well-known national football commentator is fond of saying, “Not so fast, my friend.”
Using TalkShow VS 100, a NewTek device that connects Skype users worldwide into any TriCaster workflow, “Eagles Draft Central” was able to incorporate Pauline’s analysis and unvarnished draft opinions into their coverage with ease and at very little cost. It was just one more exclusive aspect of the team’s elaborate draft coverage.
“We debuted TalkShow last year as part of our draft coverage,” Leblang told me. “Before that, because of the headaches and uncertainty involved in Skype integration, realistically I would’ve said, no, we can’t do that. With TalkShow and the Skype TX platform, adding guests is as easy as if it were a phone call, but with the added production value that video provides.”
“It helps that TalkShow utilizes Skype, as well. Because it relies on a service that is both familiar and free, TalkShow has allowed us to expand our roster of analysts, and it’s easy to use interface means we’re only a click away from getting them on-air.”
Will Carson Wentz prove to be an NFL success story and become the Eagles franchise quarterback of the future? Maybe yes, and maybe no. In the crazy world of the NFL, only time will provide the answer to that question. But there is no doubt that “Eagles Draft Central” 2016 was an unqualified success.
“Based on the success of TalkShow during our 2015 NFL Draft coverage, we decided to make it a permanent part of our production ecosystem starting last season,” Leblang continued. “We identified several regular features in our inventory that required an outside analyst to either call in via telephone or make an inconvenient trip to our studio facility in order to participate. We saw TalkShow as an attractive third option: it is inarguably superior to the quality we could achieve with a simple phone call and it allows for a more agile production schedule. It helps that TalkShow utilizes Skype, as well. Because it relies on a service that is both familiar and free, TalkShow has allowed us to expand our roster of analysts, and it’s easy to use interface means we’re only a click away from getting them on-air.”
“Whether the audience is domestic, international or local we try to give viewers something they can’t get anywhere else,” show producer Mark Leblang said. “We’re really proud of that.”