The NCAA’s video archivist is ready to unleash thousands of hours of sporting events from the vault, making it available for purchase on DVD and via streaming video.
College sports fans will have access to the entire NCAA Championship Collection containing nearly 5,000 old games in various sports, some dating back to the 1930s in a deal announced this week between college sports’ governing body, Thought Equity Motion and CBS Sports.
At launch, NCAA On Demand offers full game broadcasts available for purchase on DVD from NCAA men’s and women’s championships, including basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Additional programming such as replays of every game in the 2006 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, highlight reels of legendary players, and the NCAA Championships Year in Review highlight programs are available through free Internet streaming. Hundreds of hours of games are being digitized each month and soon fans will be able to access championship moments across all 23 NCAA sports and the Association’s 88 championships.
“The NCAA is excited that supporters of collegiate athletics will have unprecedented access to the NCAA Championship Collection. We are pleased to open our archives to fans, former student-athletes, and member institutions that have added so much to American sports and society,” said Greg Shaheen, NCAA’s senior vice president for Basketball and Business Strategies.
“NCAA On Demand has always been a big part of our vision for making the NCAA video archive more accessible and valuable,” said Kevin Schaff, CEO of Thought Equity Motion. “Since we took over the management of the archive in 2005, we have had thousands of requests for classic games from fans and former student-athletes from all over the country. Through our partnership with the NCAA, we are proud to be able to make these moments accessible to the people who created them.”
The Collection also contains original programming such as the 1966 Texas Western vs. Kentucky championship basketball game, which provided the inspiration for the movie Glory Road. The only known film version of the game was captured without audio so the complete game experience was simply a memory cherished by a few individuals. After digitally restoring the 40-year-old film footage, Thought Equity Motion synchronized the footage with the only-existing radio broadcast to create the only known audio/video version of the game in the world.
The entire NCAA Championship Collection can be found exclusively at ncaaondemand.com.