Let the NCAA Bracketmania Begin
(Pictured above L-R: Lenny Daniels, Executive Vice President and COO for Turner Sports; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Turner Sports Studio Host Ernie Johnson; and Turner Broadcasting Chairman and CEO Phil Kent usher in the start of 2013 NCAA March Madness at CNN Center in Atlanta. Photo credit: Jennifer Boxley)
On Monday, Turner Sports kicked off "National Bracket Day" with a nationwide marketing campaign connecting college basketball fans like never before.
Celebrating March Madness and the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, Turner Sport's multimedia campaign – including television spots, massive installations in six cities (see photos below), live musical performances and more – is designed to boost excitement and interaction among die-hard fans and newbies alike.
Installations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., feature massive brackets (think 40 feet wide) and the all-new Instabracket kiosk, which takes all the guesswork out of completing a bracket – great news for those of us not up on our college basketball stats. With the push of a button or a click of a mouse, a randomly-generated bracket is populated to print and share. (You can even customize your Instabracket based on historic trends, upsets and more.)
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Photo above: At the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, the massive bracket is populated in real time.
Photo above: The Rutgers University Marching Band performs live from Penn Station in New York City on Monday, March 18.
Photo above: Commuters enjoy the Mighty Sounds of Maryland Band on Monday at D.C.'s Union Station.
Photo above: Another massive bracket at Union Station in Chicago.
Photo above: Fans use the Instabracket at Liberty Place in Philadelphia.