MAC Gives Fans a Social Media Experience at Football Media Day

Updated 7/27/2012


Cleveland, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference selected three lucky fans and invited them to participate at this year’s MAC Football Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. Fans acted as media members for the day and reported on the event via the new fan experience twitter account for the MAC (@ExperienceMAC). These fans were able to interview coaches & student-athletes, were on the set for the LIVE ESPN3 broadcast of Media Day, spoke with MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and saw everything that goes on behind the scenes at the event. 

In the past year the Mid-American Conference has tried to make a push to get its fans more engaged. Social media platforms have taken over in terms of how people get their news and how they interact with one another about the things they are most passionate about. The MAC figured why not give some of our best fans the chance to experience our special events, regular season games and championships. 
The MAC also announced a new social media opportunity at this year’s Media Day for the upcoming football season. The “MAC Football Social Media Road Tour” will be coming to each campus and those selected will have the chance to experience a game like never before. Fans that want to go on the field during pregame warm-ups, sit in the press box and attend the postgame press conference will have the chance to do so. Three lucky fans will be chosen each week and will report on the game from the fan perspective.
Each of those chosen for the MAC Football Media Day Social Media Fan Experience posted a blog entry regarding their thoughts on this year’s event. See what they had to say below. 
Andrew Nalette (@Andrews20gbs)
Being apart of the MAC Football Media Day was an unbelievable experience. Not only was it great to talk to players and coaches I see on the sidelines every week, but having a chance to be apart of the event made it really special. I spend most of my fall quarter talking about Ohio football on multiple platforms of media, but I never really had a chance to observe the other 12 teams that make up the MAC except on game day. Listening to all of the coaches and Commissioner Steinbrecher just reminded me of the great leadership and great character that is in the MAC. I am obsessed with Twitter, but I don’t have to many followers so it was amazing to see so many of my tweets and pictures be retweeted by fans, coaches, players, and even different universities. Over the past two years I have never missed a Ohio football game at Peden Stadium. Last year I was able to get a media pass and take pictures of the team so it was almost a surreal moment when I had the chance to meet Tyler Tettleton and Travis Carrie. Meeting with Tyler and Travis was by far the best part of the day for me. We talked about EA’s NCAA Football 13, the upcoming season, and then we just talked about things outside football. I am so honored that I was chosen for this unbelievable experience. I think it is great that the Mid-American Conference is focusing on social media and allowing the fans to take part of this experience. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to work with the MAC again in the future.
Brian Eberly (@NASCARFan182448)
When I was selected to cover the MAC Football Media day, I was filled with excitement at this unique experience.  I am heavily involved with social media, and I closely follow my beloved NIU Huskies, so this was a fantastic opportunity to combine both passions.  I had the chance to meet several individuals from the NIU football program that included: Associate Athletics Director Donna Turner, Head Coach Dave Doeren, QB Jordan Lynch, and DE Sean Progar.  I was also able to talk directly with Commissioner Steinbrecher and get his thoughts on adding UMass to the conference this year and potential conference expansion in the future.  Overall, the best part of the day for me was just the entire behind the scenes aspect.  As a fan, I may have only seen a few minutes worth of coverage on television, but this allowed me to see all that happens at a media day.  I think this was a great way for the MAC to kickoff not only the 2012 football season, but also the Social Media Road Tour.  I look forward to following @ExperienceMAC all season long for the latest and greatest happenings within the MAC conference and all of the behind the scenes experiences from the fan’s perspective.
Marissa McNees (@MarissaNM)
Having the opportunity to experience MAC Football Media Day was incredible. As a recent journalism graduate from EMU, getting a first-hand look at how a media day operates and shadowing media professionals was invaluable. As a MAC football fan, interacting with players and coaches was something I'll never forget. I had the opportunity to interview EMU Head Coach Ron English and seniors Korey Neal and Justin Cudworth. They were so accommodating and were willing to talk with me for a while. The initiative the MAC is taking to enhance the fan experience is truly incredible. I've had the chance to attend two MAC social media experiences and meet MAC fans from across the conference. Though we're all from different schools and some of us could even be considered rivals, meeting them and sharing that experience was incredible and I still keep in touch with them today.