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Coke Zero Jump Starts NCAA March Madness

By March 7, 2012No Comments


Coke Zero School Shout Out rallies fans to show their school spirit and receive free NCAA® March Madness® Live access, plus chance to win trip to the

2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four®

ATLANTA, February 22, 2012 -March Madness is starting early this year for fans and viewers. That’s because Coke Zero is tapping into the intense loyalty NCAA basketball fans have for their favorite teams and their passion for all things NCAA Men’s Final Four to launch the Coke Zero School Shout Out.

Starting today through March 10 (or while supplies last), fans can text “0” plus their favorite NCAA Division I basketball team to “2653” to score one of thousands of free NCAA March Madness Live access packages and the chance to watch all the Tournament action across multiple digital and mobile platforms. In addition, fans can register at for the chance to win a trip for two to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans.

“The NCAA March Madness fan experience is about much more than just the action on the court and whether your favorite team wins or loses. For fans, it’s about enjoying every moment of the action to the fullest extent from Selection Sunday® through the Final Four,” said Katie Bayne, president and general manager of sparkling beverages, Coca-Cola North America. “During this year’s tournament Coke Zero is offering fans an interactive platform that engages fans throughout the tournament, along with great prizing, so fans can enjoy more NCAA March Madness like never before.”
The Coke Zero NCAA March Madness perks are just ramping up with free March Madness Live. On Selection Sunday, Coke Zero will launch a highly interactive “Watch & Score” program that engages fans when they tune into coverage of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Fans will be prompted to look for calls to action and keywords during the broadcasts and on March Madness Live to text in for a chance to instantly win impressive prizes including, trips to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four, trips to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four, roster spots at an Ultimate Basketball Fantasy Camp with legendary college basketball head coaches and home entertainment system makeovers.

My Coke Rewards members may also join the fun by playing the Coke Zero Bracket Game. Starting March 12, fans can gain unique codes from Coke Zero products, specially-marked promotional cups, and from the Watch & Score Instant Win Game to enter through their My Coke Rewards account at With each code entry fans receive the chance to pick a team that they believe will advance to the next round in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. For each round, all of the fans who correctly pick a team that advances to the next round in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship tournament will be entered into a drawing with a chance to win a variety of prizes that will be awarded during the tournament such as 2012 and 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four trips, as well as NCAA online gift cards, entertainment system makeovers, music downloads, gift cards and a variety of other prizes.

Extending the social chatter beyond the broadcast, the Coke Zero NCAA March Madness Social Arena will return as the virtual water cooler for March Madness interaction. New this year, features will be live across the entire NCAA March Madness Live suite and, for the first time, let fans grab key game moments and share them with friends and family. In addition, fans will be able to view social commentary from other fans and celebrities everywhere, answer live tournament trivia, and cheer for their favorite teams.

Formerly March Madness on Demand, NCAA March Madness Live will offer higher quality live video streams and video highlights for every game of the Tournament on the iPhone and Android phones, live game alerts for Android phones and iPhones and iPads; an updated design; and live radio broadcast courtesy of Westwood One/Dial Global Sports for all 67 games across the suite of digital products. NCAA March Madness Live, produced by Turner Sports Interactive, is available across all video screens and over Wi-fi and 3G for a one-time fee of $3.99. For additional information on NCAA March Madness Live, visit

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. All games open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. (or D.C.), 13 years or older. For more information including complete details and official rules for each game, visit


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About Turner Sports

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About CBS Sports

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About the NCAA

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit and for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions—AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola—and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners—Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever, UPS and Wheat Thins (Kraft).


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