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ESPN Pulls Link to UConn/Syracuse Game

Media companies are funny.

They want the traffic from social media sources, and offer up embedded links to their videos and content in hopes that it creates a viral following. That is, until they get something that is insanely popular.

Then, they throw a temper tantrum and yell, “Mine, mine, mine!”

That’s what ESPN just pulled with their own video recap of the UConn vs Syracuse 6 OT game in the Big East Tournament. I watched the video this morning, and noticed they provided an embedded link in the video and posted it to my web site (giving full credit to ESPN as well as an additional link to the full story).

Now the video is pulled due to the popularity of the clip. Sure, you can still get it at ESPN, but they radically changed their sharing policy once they realized it was a good clip.

Lame, lame, lame!

Not that ESPN cares about what I think about their sharing policy, but it’s just not a good practice. If they genuinely want to engage in social media and have people participate in the conversation they need to keep a consistent policy and go with it.

My 2 cents.

Rant over.

The Madness Starts Early – UConn vs. Syracuse

College basketball is about to trump all things search for a little while. March Madness started early this year in my book courtesy of a six overtime game between UConn and Syracuse in the Big East Tournament. Yeah, you heard me right, six overtimes. Check out the highlights. It’ pretty freakin’ amazing! Here are a few of the details from this epic battle that lasted until nearly 2am this morning:

  • Eight players fouled out
  • The game lasted 3 hours, 46 minutes
  • They had a combined score of 244 points
  • Seven overtimes is the record for college basketball (Cincinnati vs Bradley in 1981)
  • The game was 1/10 of a second from being over at the end of regulation

Check out the highlights above or read the details on ESPN. It’s just the beginning of March Madness, baby! Man, I don’t see how Syracuse can have any legs left to play West Virginia tonight.

Oh yeah, I should also let you know that I’ll be “working from home” next Thursday and Friday from an undisclosed location in a secret bunker loaded with flatscreens. I love this time of year!