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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 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: Chicago Wolves
As one panelist noted: "The Wolves created the most dramatic pyro shows I've seen for an intro sequence. I like how they opened up the sequence with a focus on "The Wolf" and it's behavior and characteristics in story telling fashion, with the Pack being the Wolf's priority...it fits so well with a fan base supporting a team. Add to that they did a great job of syncing their pyro hits with music cues."
The Wolves intros sparked a nearly unanimous interest from our panel. Their combination of story-telling and execution with a variety of elements made this an impressive show in a crowded field.
Honorable Mention: Grand Rapids Griffins and Golden State WarriorsThe Griffins had a wonderful introduction package with a "major League production values from a Minor League team. Incredibly well thought out and well executed," noted one panelist.
Armed with what one panelist called "an insane budget", the Warriors produced an insanely entertaining and energetic introduction. The Warriors focused the energy of their crazed fan base with this polished and intricately choreographed open. They continued to innovate in the post-season with enhancements and additions that kept the show fresh and intense.
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- Best of 2010: The Gameops.com Review - Portland Trailblazers
- Best of 2009: The Gameops.com Review - Wake Forest Basketball
- Best of 2008: The Gameops.com Review - Philadelphia Flyers
Listen to the Best of 2013 Audio Round Table discussing all the categories and winners with out panel of Cudo, Walker, Carter and Hill. Podcast - December 2013
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