We’re heading into an action-packed holiday weekend. Special thanks to our engineers and project managers who are on the road this weekend.
We’re in that summer lull between basketball and football seasons when we have opportunities to work on other kinds of live events – lacrosse, tennis, and…RiffTrax Live!
Justin Roszak headed up to the Belcourt Theater in Nashville, TN on relatively short notice to provide the origination transmission for RiffTrax Live’s presentation of Octaman. The team behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 was there providing hilarious live commentary to this underappreciated film, which Justin uplinked for distribution to movie theaters nationwide. It was a nice change of pace for what is otherwise a sports-heavy schedule!
Our News Group team is also pretty busy. Cary Poarch and Dustin Tanner have been working around the clock outside the DOJ in Washington, DC following the release of the Mueller Report. Scott Garber and Charlie Neiswenter will be spending the weekend in New Hampshire, where CNN will host a Town Hall discussion among Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren.
We are in the heart of the NCAA lacrosse season, which keeps us busy out east. Dave Buckman and the Columbia truck will be at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, VA on Saturday for men’s lacrosse when the Cornell Big Red face the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks.
Dennis Smith and the NT-28 truck will be at Mitchie Stadium on Saturday for more lacrosse when the Army Black Knights host the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds.
Some exciting tennis, too! John May and the Frontline truck will be at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX this weekend for Fed Cup Tennis, as the USA takes on Switzerland in a World Group playoff competition.
We have plenty of golf to keep us busy all summer long (and beyond).
Two ongoing tournaments for our friends at Golf Channel this week. Let’s start in Hawaii, where Chris Golden and Mike Sheehan have our 5.5m antenna set up in tandem with our NT32 truck (which is stationed full time in Honolulu). The guys are at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei for the LPGA tour’s Lotte Championship, where players compete for a total prize pool of $2 million. After having spent much of his winter in northern Canada, Mike’s particularly appreciative of this assignment!
Back on the Mainland, Kevin Spangler and the C23 are at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA this week for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, a stop on the PGA Tour Champions series with a prize pool of $1.8 million. High winds and rain have delayed play, but Kevin will be there until the final round is complete, whenever that may be.
Gary O’Donovan and the newly upgraded NT29 truck will be just down the road from Kevin at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, AL on Sunday for the final round of the Women’s SEC Championship. This 54-hold stroke play tournament will not only crown one winner, but will also qualify the 8 teams for match play events.
Earlier this week, Wes Hill and the C43 truck were at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, CA for the West-Am Collegiate Amateurs, the one of the longest running tournaments in college golf.
Joe Cox and the C47 truck were at Ak Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ earlier this week to kick off the World Long Drive season with the #1 Smash in the Sun. Highlights from the event included women’s competition winner setting a new world record for the longest drive recorded in World Long Drive history. Tim Burke took the title for the Men’s Division.
Next week there’s more golf in Los Angeles, Missouri, and St. Simon’s Island, GA. That’s the way we like it!
It’s a big fighting weekend for us.
Let’s start with the biggest fight of them all: a Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden! We have a gaggle of senior engineers and project managers onsite in NYC to provide extensive transmission and event management services. EIC Mike Lemieux is leading the charge on the PPV side, which includes Blake Blomstrom and Mike Howley in the CK25 mobile teleport providing multiple feeds and monitoring for all PPV paths. Mati Kerpen’s right next door in the NT21 with yet another PPV pathway (after covering multiple pressers and satellite media tours across the city earlier this week). And senior engineers Rick Ball and Rick Varney are in C45 ensuring that all ESPN feeds are error-free and delivered with confidence to boxing fans around the country. We also have multiple outbound pathways via AT&T GVS fiber to the PSSI International Teleport, which will provide turnaround, QC, and disaster recovery services on this big fight. Senior Strategic Television project managers David Gallardo and Victor Verno are on hand to ensure all domestic and international licensees are getting exactly what they need to provide boxing fans around the world with all the undercards and the main event, which will feature WBO Welterweight champ Terrence “Bud” Crawford taking on former Junior Welterweight champion Amir Khan. It’s going to be an exciting night of boxing, and the culmination of many weeks of planning and preparation.
Back here in LA, we have another fight that requires our expertise in international distribution.
Chris Hovden and the newly upgraded NT25 truck will be at the Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday for Fox’s Premier Boxing Champions series. Strategic Television project manager Michael Hollander will be in the truck with Chris to check in with licensees around the world to ensure they’re getting the fight. Here again the PSSI International Teleport figures prominently, providing gateway transmission services to Latin America and the Pacific Rim.
And a long, long way from home, senior engineer Tracy Michaels is with senior project manager Keith Valeri at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia for UFC Fight Night 149 on Saturday night. Tracy and Keith have spent the better part of two days working alongside our Russian friends from TV Start, who are providing their trucks and equipment for the origination feeds from site. Alistair Overeem will take on Aleksei Oleinik in a heavyweight matchup in the co-main event, alongside Islam Makhachev versus Araman Tsarukyan. The PSSI International Teleport will be ingesting the feeds from Russia for distribution across this hemisphere.