Best of 2012 (Page 6)

The 2012 Best of Awards have been announced. Find out who our panel has selected as Best Act, Best Team Operations and five other categories.

Best Team Introductions:

Which team introduction is the best produced, executed, fresh and innovative. Consider creativity, value to fans, execution, quality of presentation, fan interaction and attention to detail. We level the playing field by considering budget constraints to minor league teams. The category will consider focus primarily on the standard introduction (opening night variations will be considered, but the focus is on the standard game production). Due to the category we will also rely heavily on video reviews (YouTube, etc.).

Winner: Miami Heat

Introducing a world-championship contending team and three All-Star is double-edged sword.  Yes, there is a built-in excitement around the team and players but there are also raised scrutiny and expectations.  The Heat have managed to capitalize on the popularity of its stars and live up to the expectations with crisp innovative and artistic introductions that are the class of the NBA and the sports world.

Miami’s custom music, theatrical lighting and star power in their video is a showcase for the players, dance team and effectively taps into the vibe and energy of the city.

Honorable Mention: New Orleans Hornets Will Ferrel 80’s Night

The Hornet’s used mega-celebrity Will Farrell to introduce the lineup for 80’s Night in New Orleans.  Ferrell’s unique brand of comedy was a memorable twist and had many of our panelists buzzing.

A panelist described this as the Hornets taking the other fork in the road, by adding a top-notch celebrity to do their intros.  Out of the box and could be a trend-setting move in game ops.

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