From coordinating international broadcasts to covering sports of every kind, the PSSI Global Services team is in the midst of an exciting week.
John May had C24 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday when the Houston Rockets took on the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 4 of the series. John hung around town for another day to see the Timberwolves defeated in Game 5, ending the series. We’re all set for whatever else happens in the Western conference, as Houston waits to see if they will be playing the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Utah Jazz.
Rick Ball had C23 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for Game 5 of the opening round between the 76ers and the Miami Heat. The 76ers won and will continue to Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs while they patiently wait to see who wins the series between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. We’re looking forward to several more games at the Wells Fargo Center in the weeks to come, just as we are up in Boston at the TD Garden.
Mike Howley will be there for the big Game 7 as the Celtics try to squeeze out the Bucks and move on to the second round of the playoffs. Howley is continuing a heckuva working streak. After the UFC event in Atlantic City last weekend, Mike took C43 to the Callaway Golf factory in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on Tuesday for the “Morning Drive” program on Golf Channel. Jeff Neubarth, head of Callaway Media Productions, and special guest Amanda Balionis joined the team to discuss all the amazing products that come from this plant.
Mike took about a day to catch his breath before heading down to WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, to meet up with Nick Ray. Nick and Mike are on the domestic side of WWE’s first-ever live event from Saudi Arabia. Zane Michaels and project manager Logan Schinto have been at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to provide extensive transmission services for Friday’s WWE Greatest Royal Rumble 2018.
The guys have had their hands full pulling the event together as they work with local vendors to distribute the signals around the world and back. The highlights include the historic 50-man Royal Rumble match, the cage match for the WWE Universal Championship between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, John Cena facing Triple H, tag team championship matches for both the Raw and SmackDown teams, The Undertaker facing Rusev in a casket match, the WWE Championship match, the WWE U.S. Championship match, Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. The Miz vs. Samoa Joe in a ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship and much more! From Jeddah to Stamford to Pittsburgh — where our team at the PSSI International Teleport is providing QC, recording and transmission services — this big event is a total team effort.
We’ve got more fighting a little closer to home this weekend, too. Dennis Smith, Rick Ball and David Gallardo will be at Liacouras Center at Temple University in North Philadelphia on Saturday when world featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno faces Isaac Dogboe in one of three fights scheduled for the tripleheader main event. Other matches include super middleweight contender Jesse Hart facing Demond Nicholson and the “Battle of Philly” between heavyweight Bryant Jennings and Joey Dawejko. Rick’s handling ESPN’s broadcast out of C43 while David and Dennis take care of the fight’s international distribution.
Just up the road at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, engineers Dave Buckman and Mike Lemieux are joining forces with project managers Tommy Lopez and Victor Verno for Saturday’s HBO boxing event. Daniel Jacobs faces Maciej Sulecki in a WBC Championship world title eliminator, with the winner becoming a mandatory challenger for the world middleweight crown. Also featured on the main card is undefeated heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller facing former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas and the women’s lightweight world title unification between Katie Taylor of Ireland and Victoria Noelia Bustos of Argentina.
Right back down I-95 we have Steve Hagerty and K18 at Ridley Athletic Complex at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday for the 2018 Patriot League Lacrosse men’s semifinals. The Boston University Terriers face the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds, and the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks will face the Navy Midshipmen. Then on Sunday Steve and K18 will be back at Ridley Athletic Complex for the championship game, which will air on CBS Sports Network.
We also have some soccer and tennis on our schedules this week.
Rick Kolinek will bring K22 to the TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on Saturday for Major League Soccer action when the Houston Dynamo face the Minnesota United FC. Our guys at PSSI International Teleport (PIT) will ingest Rick’s signal from the stadium so that the game gets into the AT&T network right there at PIT.
Chris Hovden will head to Ojai Valley Athletic Club in Ojai, California, with the Starlight truck this week for the Pac-12 Tennis Championships with live TV coverage on the Pac-12 Network of the men’s tournament starting on Friday and finishing Saturday. The women’s tournament will have live coverage on Saturday, and Chris will be there for all the action.
Better believe we’re on some golf courses again this week, too.
John Bright has C12 at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, this week for the United Leasing & Finance Championship, part of the Web.com Tour. Participants are competing for a combined purse of $600,000 with the professional competition starting on Thursday.
This weekend Marty Smitherman will bring K38 to the Sea Island Resort Club in Georgia for the Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championship.
John Jennings has the Atlas truck at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California, for the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship where 144 of the top LGPA golfers will compete for a combined purse of $1.5 million dollars.
Earlier in the week, Joe Cox and C15 were in Mesquite, Nevada, at the Mesquite Sports and Events Complex, providing coverage for the World Long Drive Tour Clash in the Canyon event. Rumored to be one of the best grids in long drive, the event includes an Open Division, a Women’s Division and a Master’s Division, with a combined purse payout of $80,000 to be divided among the top finishers.
The NFL Draft has been keeping us busy, as well. Ron Ford has had his hands full down in Dallas, kicking things off with live shots from AT&T Stadium on the night before the first round. Then he headed to a barbecue joint in Frisco on Thursday for some first round reaction shots. He and Todd Harvey are at a hotel in downtown Dallas today for more live shots whenever Ronald Jones gets the nod from his new team in the NFL.
Back in Vegas, Ray Loyko is waiting alongside another anxious football player awaiting his fate during the second round action Friday night. As soon as his name is called, Ray will be ready with the shot so football fans around the world can get a sense of what it’s like for a college player to take his talents to the next level.
Last but never least, we’ve got some NASCAR. Ben Bradshaw and Kyle Meyer will be in Talladega, Alabama, with C27 this weekend for the ARCA General Tire 200, the NASCAR Xfinity Sparks Energy 300 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Geico 500. Our team is showcasing the “hitless” fiber distribution technology that our partners at AT&T Global Video Services have perfected. Between their terrestrial backbone and our fully redundant satellite paths, NASCAR and Fox are experiencing the cutting edge of broadcast transmission technology.