The new season of SC Featured, SportsCenter’s award-winning storytelling brand, opens on Sunday, Feb. 14. SC Featured stories air on Sundays during the NFL offseason, debuting in the 10 a.m. ET edition with a re-air in the 11 p.m. program and at other times throughout the day.
Victor Vitarelli, senior coordinating producer for ESPN’s Features Unit, talks to Front Row about SC Featured’s 2016 season:
Will viewers see a different kind of story on SC Featured in 2016?
In any story we do, our goal is to bring something to the viewer that they didn’t know before. That can be something about a star athlete or a sporting event that you have never heard of.
What kinds of stories have you found resonate with the viewers?
SC Featured has told a wide variety of stories through the years. It seems the features that resonate the most with our fans are stories about triumph over tragedy. The stories of athletes overcoming adversity to compete and do what they love to do. Those are the stories that people really seem to latch onto and share socially.
We also have a lot of stories on the docket this year that are a little unexpected, and some are a little off the beaten path. They’re the ones we hope our fans will say, “Wow, did you see that on SportsCenter?”
Do you feel that you have a very well-oiled machine doing SC Featured?
The Features Unit is not a large group and we have the process of story pitch and story production down to where it’s a pretty efficient operation and we’re able to get stories on the air relatively quickly. Being nimble like that certainly allows us to react quickly to anything that we want to turn around fast for SportsCenter. Everyone working on SC Featured knows the value of the stories to SportsCenter. For SportsCenter, it’s bigger than something that just goes on the air for eight or nine minutes. SC Featured really has become part of the fabric of the shows.