ESPN Returns ‘The Greatest Story Ever Played’ Campaign for 2023-24 College Football Season

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ESPN Returns ‘The Greatest Story Ever Played’ Campaign for 2023-24 College Football Season

ESPN is bringing back ‘The Greatest Story Ever Played’ campaign that debuted ahead of the 2022 college football season. In collaboration with Arts & Letters Creative Co., the creative – launching today (Aug. 21) on ESPN platforms – evolves on the story that keeps getting greater.

At a high level, college football is a story that takes place every fall Saturday in front of hundreds of thousands of fans. Sometimes in “The Swamp” or in the desert…and even on top of mountains. College football is a sport rich in tradition, and the fan experiences among these atmospheres is what makes the sport so popular and unique. 

At a closer level, as fans experience each exciting chapter of the college football season, answers become clearer. Can Georgia pull off a three-peat? Is Alabama ready for its revenge tour? Will Michigan, Ohio State, and Texas Christian University (TCU) make a return to the College Football Playoff?

These are only a few of the storylines that have been building throughout the spring and summer following Georgia’s second-straight national championship.

“This year is set to be a historic chapter of college football, we don’t have to look far to find compelling storylines for each fan across the sport,” said Curtis Friends, ESPN Senior Director of Marketing. “We’re excited to set the stage for it all with our latest installment of ‘The Greatest Story Ever Played’ platform.”

In all, more than 30 different FBS and FCS college football programs were represented within the creative  among fans, students, mascots, and more. Appearances include: head coaches Deion Sanders (Colorado), Nick Saban (Alabama), Dabo Swinney (Clemson) and Kirby Smart (Georgia); school mascots, Bevo (Texas), Horned Frog (TCU), Uga (Georgia), The Oregon Duck (Oregon), and fan bases from both coasts of the United States, among many others.

Chris Kim, Creative at Arts & Letters, said “In our second year of ‘The Greatest Story Ever Played’ we wanted to highlight the importance of the nuances of college football that make these stories some of the most powerful in the sporting world. From the places, to the rivalries, to the players, even down to the motorcycle riding ducks, we want every college football fan to feel the passion and heart of the sport coming through in the work.”

The 2023-24 college football season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 26, with four Week 0 games on ESPN platforms. ESPN’s industry-leading college football presentation will feature several marquee matchups throughout the season, including nearly 60 games slated for Week 1 alone. The opening week will start with Florida at Utah (Aug. 31, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN), followed by the ‘Battle of the Carolinas’ with South Carolina taking on North Carolina (Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC) along with the Camping World Kickoff as LSU and Florida State face off on Labor Day Sunday (Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC). 

Additional early season can’t-miss matchups include Week 2’s Texas and Alabama primetime showdown (Sept. 9, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN) and Week 3’s airing of the ‘Backyard Brawl’ between West Virginia and Pitt (Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC), among others.

Follow @CollegeGameDay and @ESPNCFB on social media for more scheduling updates throughout the entire college football season.

Credits: “CFB on ESPN – The Greatest Story Ever Played – The Story That Keeps Getting Greater”
First Air Date: August 21, 2023
Client: ESPN
EVP, Commercial Marketing, Disney Networks & ESPN: Laura Gentile
EVP, Creative Studio & Marketing: Tina Thornton
Senior Director, Sports Marketing: Curtis Friends
Director: Sports Marketing: Maggie Davis Lewin
Manager, Sports Marketing: David Dessau
Associate Manager, Sports Marketing: Willi Anderson
Associate Manager, Sports Marketing: John Hewer
Marketing Coordinator, Sports Marketing: Emily Fishman
Senior Creative Director, G&L: Chris McClure
Senior Creative Director, G&L: Ryan Campbell
Creative Director, G&L: Mike Dominguez
Senior Producer, G&L: Kim McKeever
Producer, G&L: Cameron Gross
Production Coordinator, G&L: Sean Andersen

Agency: Arts & Letters Creative Co.
Founder, Executive Creative Director: Charles Hodges
Executive Creative Director: Molly Jamison
Creative Director: Andrew Kong
Creative Director: Chris Kim
Creative: Scott Horlbeck
Creative: Jon Hirsch
Executive Producer: Calleen Colburn
Senior Producer: Andrea Rodriguez
Assistant Producer: London Scalise
Group Business Director: Brenda Schneider
Business Director: Martin Madriaga
Business Manager: Erin Shepherd
Director of Strategy: Andy Grayson
Strategy Director: Alex Morrison
Director of Business Affairs: Lenora Cushing
Business Affairs: Jennifer Kmetzsch
Music Supervisor: Casey Wheeler

Editorial: XYZ
Editors: Ben Surber, Dallas Simms
Assistant Editors: Ben Fox, Carl Simakoff
Executive Producer: Whitney Green
Senior Producer: Lauren Galanides

VFX: Blacksmith
Colorist: Sam Howells
Flame Artist: Kay
Animator: Clemens den Exter

Audio Mix
Mixer: James Brody
Senior Producer: Dottie Scharr

Music: Walker

John R. Manzo

Based in New York City, John Manzo is a Communications Manager for ESPN with a focus on ESPN BET, sports betting, consumer marketing and corporate citizenship. He is a Michigan native, Detroit sports fan and proud Central Michigan University graduate.
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