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Working closely with ESPN and Ball State Athletics, the program produces over 100 hours of live sporting events to ESPN platforms yearly, with students in all crew positions.

Since 2009, students in Ball State Sports Link have garnered over 100 state or national awards for sports production, including 45 Emmy nominations (20 wins) and 33 Sports Video Group/Best of College Sports Media nominations (nine wins).

Since 2009, Students have won 33 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters first-place awards, 16 Indiana Society of Professional Journalists first-place awards, as well as 13 Broadcast Education Association “Best in the Nation” honors and two “BEA Best of Festival” awards from all entry genres.

Sports Link graduates can be found at ESPN, Turner Sports, Raycom Sports, MLB, Indy Car, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL and SEC Athletics Departments.

In 2017, Sports Link was honored with the highest award from the Broadcast Education Association with the “Best of Festival King Foundation Award” in sports, from over 1,400  entries … it was Sports Link’s second Best of King Foundation Award in the last 5 five years.


Tyler Bradfield (left) and Connor Nichols (right) accept the 2018 award from Andy Katz (middle).

In 2018, Andy Katz presented Sports Link with its 7th Outstanding Special Feature in eight years at the College Sports Media Awards.  Ball State has won nine total College Sports Media Awards in the 10-year history of the awards.

In 2018, Sports Link won its third straight professional Emmy for Sports Feature, while students also captured consecutive Emmys for live event production and sports program.

Sports Link and the NCAA increased its collaboration for 2017-18 to include content creation for 13 dedicated NCAA Championship sports properties. Building off Sports Link’s long-standing work surrounding March Madness and the Final Four, the new project allows students to work directly with the NCAA to maximize brand impressions and to significantly enhance the quantity and quality of social media content across all sports.

In the latest Sportscasters Talent Agency of America national rankings, Ball State was 3rd in the nation for sports broadcasting schools, ranking ahead of schools like Missouri and Indiana.


The digital sports production program is application based with 12-14 students accepted each year.

Nearly 45% of the students in Sports Link are recruited from out-of-state, including states like Washington, Utah, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Georgia.

Chris Taylor was honored in 2017 with Sports Video Group’s College Sports Pioneer Award, which honors innovators in video production and technology at the university level who have advanced the industry at large.

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