$85,000 - Additional Field Stream. With another 10k over our goal, we'll add a video stream of a second field at WUGC. That means upwards of 10 more games streamed (simultaneously) by our high-view camera. It also means we'll be able to broadcast all of the semifinals and won't miss any big games.
Ultimate is at a turning point. Our community's passion has led to rapid development around the world. Ultimate has expanded and begun to enter mainstream consciousness. Let's work together to take it to the next level: greater recognition, global sponsorships and maybe on to the Olympic Medal Programme in 2024!
How Does This Campaign Get Us There?
WFDF received permanent recognition from the International Olympic Committee last year, which means we are on the bench of sports that could be considered for inclusion in the Olympic Games. Under the new rules, host cities can designate new sports to join the Programme, and we want to make sure that there are no big obstacles to ultimate being considered when the decision on the 2024 Olympics Programme is made in 2018. The Olympics is big business, and we need to demonstrate that ultimate works on television and can attract commercial support.
We’ve talked to sponsors and the big brands won’t touch a sport that doesn’t have the viewership data to back it up. They told us, you show us the numbers and we’ll show you the support.
Similarly, ultimate is on the cusp of mainstream attention. Imagine if ultimate competitions were a regular occurrence on television --- if all you needed to do to watch a college tournament or a national championship was to flip on your TV. By showing potential broadcasters what our sport looks like at a world-class level of production, coupled with viewership numbers to support it, we can make this a reality.
The WFDF World Ultimate & Guts Championships in London this June is an opportunity for the ultimate community to unite and show the world that our sport is worthy of regular airtime and serious sponsorship. Help us build this essential marketing tool and to set a benchmark for our sport. By supporting production of a world-class broadcast of games in London, we'll be able to take the challenges head-on and elevate ultimate to the next level.
Here's How It Works:
We’re raising sufficient funds to produce broadcasts at a world-class caliber of which we can all be proud. The broadcasts then become marketing tools to show future broadcast partners, officials, and sports fans around the world just how amazing our sport can be at its highest levels. Plus, we all get a lot of great ultimate content, including:
20+ Free Worldwide Streamed Games
We’re putting together an all-star production team to bring you over 20 games streamed for free online. Games will include professional commentary, HD cameras, on-field interviews, slow-motion replay and all of the bells and whistles you expect from a sophisticated broadcast.
We’ll also present insider profiles throughout the week. These profiles will go inside WUGC, highlighting players, teams, and tournament stories. This really will be the sport of ultimate like you’ve never seen it before.
Finals on Sports Television Network
In addition, our production team will develop a special two-hour presentation of the finals to be broadcast on a sports television network in the United States and Canada.
Feature Short Film on WUGC
Production of a Documentary Short that tells the whole story of WUGC. To be released in 2017.
Deliverables (aka what ultimate gets):
- 20+ free worldwide streaming games of ultimate (also available on free VOD).
- 10+ mini-documentaries to be shared for free online.
- Broadcast of a two-hour feature program on a US sports network.
- Production of an event documentary.
Seriously, this is significant.
If our Kickstarter campaign is successful we need to unite as a community to generate the highest possible viewership of our worldwide game streams (especially the finals). We need to show potential networks and sponsors that we can generate the viewership and buzz about the sport that warrants their support. That means not only watching live games yourself, but telling your family, friends, and friends of friends to watch as well. That means hopping on Twitter and Facebook and broadcasting to the world our stream. We’ll be giving away prizes throughout the week to those who participate on social media.
$5 - A personalized e-note thanking you for your support
$25 - A personalized e-note thanking you for your support AND a thank you on WFDF's website and on social media platforms.
$50 - You'll not only be supporting our production, but Ultimate Peace as well. Give $50 and $5 will be donated to Ultimate Peace on your behalf.
$100 - WUGC tournament disc from Discraft.
$250 - Special edition ultimate patch hat from VC Ultimate.
$2500 - We’ll reserve one of our game stream slots for your country’s team.
$3500 - We’ll produce a special documentary on your team at WUGC! Our features team will spend a day with your country's team, gathering footage to tell their story. This video will appear on YouTube and may be presented in one of our WUGC broadcasts.
$5000 - VIP Fan Package at WUGC; we roll out the red carpet. You get the VIP treatment at WUGC, which means VIP seating throughout the week and meals during your time at the tournament for up to two people. You’ll also get special on-field access and a behind-the-scenes look at our WUGC production.
We’ve assembled an all-star team to ensure that our broadcast will meet both the highest quality standards and effectively communicate the game to ultimate players and fans alike.
Robert "Nob" Rauch - Executive Producer
Robert "Nob" Rauch, who began his ultimate career at Williams College, has been involved in positions of leadership with the World Flying Disc Federation since 1988, including seven years as president of the federation (1992-94, 2011- present) and as Chair of its Ultimate Committee from 1988 to 1992. A Hall of Famer himself, he was Executive Director of USA Ultimate (USAU, formerly the Ultimate Players Association) from 1987 to 1990, chairman of USAU’s Executive Committee of the board from 1991 to 1993, and is currently a member of the USAU Investment Committee and Hall of Fame Committee.
Tim Rockwood - Executive Producer
Tim Rockwood, a founding member of Middlebury Pranksters Ultimate and co-founder of EARTH Ultimate, was 1984 Olympic Researcher at ABC Sports (Sarajevo and Los Angeles), Associate Producer at ESPN, and Senior Researcher for the 1986 Goodwill Games at Turner Broadcasting, where he also produced NBA Basketball and “US Olympic Gold,” overseeing hundreds of broadcasts, including live, 29-camera coverage of the 1989 US National Track and Field Championships. His television experience includes Executive Producer of Sports News Network, Vice President of ABC Affiliate Enterprises, Acting Director of Discovery Health Channel, and Senior Editorial Producer of Ted Turner Documentaries. For the past 10 years, Rockwood has produced independent feature documentaries, including Official 2011 Sundance selection The Last Mountain and 2014 AFI Docs premiere How I Got Over.
Karina Woldt - WFDF Event Manager
For over 15 years Karina Woldt has been involved with professional sporting teams and major event management around the world. WFDF’s Event Manager devotes her resources to ensuring ultimate athletes are presented a world class format and venue. “Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail” is her motto and she is ensuring all aspects of the production project are fully planned and executed professionally.
Rob McLeod - WFDF Director of Communications and Global Media
Rob has been playing ultimate since 2001, created Ultimate Rob in 2009 and has been the WFDF Director of Communications since the summer of 2015. His role is to share the stories and the games with the players and the fans to help grow disc sports globally.
Elliot Trotter - Director
Few have accomplished what Elliot has for the sport of ultimate. Founder of Skyd Magazine, RISE UP Ultimate and star of Ultimate Globe Trotter, Elliot began his ultimate career at Highland Park High School in Illinois, and went on to found and captain the University of Puget Sound Postmen. Elliot has competed around the globe at numerous National Championships (most recently with Vancouver's Furious George), and has represented Australia, Denmark and the Philippines at World Championship tournaments. Elliot brings unparalleled expertise in ultimate media, on-air broadcast, storytelling and video production.
Mike Palmer - Technical Director
Mike Palmer’s passion for ultimate knows no bounds. A founder of ulti.TV and President of Skyd Productions, Mike has produced numerous championship events including Australian Nationals, New Zealand Nationals, WUGC 2012, AOUCC 2013, WUCC 2014, WCBU 2015 and WJUC 2015. Mike provides clear vision for a cutting-edge production and believes that bringing viewers into the unique spirit of the game aspect of ultimate is the key to growing the demand for an ultimate broadcast product.
Matt Mastrantuono - Documentary Production Lead
Matt Mastrantuono has had a 175g addiction to ultimate and it’s people since 2004. Known to many as “Milkshake,” Matt was a 5-year Rhino veteran and 2-year captain. In 2011, he quit his job to make the first feature length documentary on a club ultimate team, Chasing Sarasota. Matt is also director of Skyd's The Herd miniseries and founder of Flatball Radio which has seen two shows in the Pacific Northwest.
Outside of his ultimate career, Matt runs his own company, Blurred Lens Productions out of Portland, OR. He is a Writer/Producer of Showtime documentary Glena and directs live broadcasts for leaders in brand storytelling, Nike and Air Jordan.
Milkshake will lead our documentary team to tell compelling ultimate stories throughout our week in London.
Megan Molteni is a 2008 graduate of Carleton College. While there she played varsity soccer and ultimate frisbee, receiving All-Region team honors three years in a row and captaining Syzygy to quarterfinals appearances at Nationals her junior and senior years. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and now lives as a dual citizen of Minnesota and Montana, working as a freelance writer, researcher and radio producer. She has commentated for NexGen Ultimate and is currently in her fifth year of coaching Carleton Syzygy.
Hailed as one of the most iconic voices in the game, Bryan Jones brings top-level professionalism, clarity and rich analysis to any event he’s a part of. Bryan has covered countless ultimate events, serving as lead commentator for USA College & Club Championships, Windmill Windup, WUGC 2012, WUCC 2014, WCBU 2015 and more. He currently coaches the University of Connecticut's men's team as well as New York's PoNY in the USAU club series.
A play-by-play announcer for ESPN, Evan Lepler got his start with ultimate as a college player for Wake Forest. Fast forward to 2013 and he has become one of the lead commentators in the game having become a go-to for USA Ultimate and the AUDL. Evan brings astounding professionalism and preparedness to commentary.
David Pryce started the UK's media site the ShowGame with co-founder Josh Coxon Kelly in 2012 and was invited to work with Skyd at WUCC 2014 in Lecco. This opened many doors including commentary, writing and coverage for Windmill 2014 and 2015, WCBU 2015, WU23UC 2015 and EUC 2015. David has been playing ultimate since 2006 for various teams including University of Sheffield, Imperial College London, and currently Fire of London. He has competed at almost every level with regular visits to European Club Champs and even a campaign to European Championships of Beach Ultimate in 2013 with GB Beach Mixed.
David has a PhD in Applied Mathematics and works as a Data Scientist in London.
Tom has been an ultimate player since 1998, and an active contributor to the coverage of our sport since 2002 as a photographer, blogger, writer, video producer, and commentator. The "Voice of UK Ultimate" is best known for his lively ultimate video podcast Blockstack.TV with long time collaborator Steve Giguere. Tom has brought his trademark bush hat, pace and enthusiasm to play by play coverage at major UK, European and World tournaments for over 10 years including UK Nationals, Paganello, WUGC 2008 Vancouver, WUCC 2010 Prague, and WU23UC 2015 London.
The World Flying Disc Federation is the international sports federation responsible for world governance of flying disc (frisbee) sports, including Ultimate, Beach Ultimate, Disc Golf, Freestyle, Guts, and Individual Events. WFDF is a federation of 68 member associations which represent flying disc sports and their athletes in more than 65 countries. WFDF is an international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), a member of ARISF, SportAccord, and the International World Games Association, and a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the state of Colorado, USA.
More about WFDF, ultimate, and International Olympic Committee recognition:
Risks and challenges
Live and same-day sporting events involve a degree of risk, which was never more evident than at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, where power was lost for 34 minutes. The strategic plan implemented by WFDF’s production team will emphasize redundancy, from power sources to encoding and streaming equipment to fiber/uplink transmission pathways. In addition, should we experience camera or audio or other technical failure, we plan to have adequate substitute equipment available from a local, London-based vendor.
Weather can impede ultimate events, especially high winds and/or excessive rain. However, the average temperatures in London in June are 13—21˚C (56—70˚F) with 13 rainfall days and a 17% chance of a windy day.
If WFDF is unable to secure its Kickstarter floor of $75,000, in addition to private and federation donations that are tax-deductible, the production plan will not be fully executable. Finally, even though 2,000+ athletes from approximately 48 countries have registered, as with all sports, some may incur injuries between now and the tournament, rendering them unable to compete.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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