December’s bringing PSSI Global Services some cold weather, a little holiday cheer, and some big time live events! Here’s a look at what we’re up to for the next few days.
Let’s start with a bang: UFC 231, live on Saturday night from Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. It’s Holloway versus Ortega in the main event, but our UFC team has been working for weeks to prepare for extensive production and transmission services on pressers, the weigh-in, all the undercards, and everything leading up to the big fight Saturday night. UFC EIC Tracy Michaels has been working closely with Jim Flowers, Steve Hagerty, and Mike Howley to prepare our trucks, including the CK25 mobile teleport. Project manager Keith Valeri is working closely with UFC and our production partner, Concom, to provide extensive domestic and international distribution via multiple pathways (including teleport services at the PSSI International Teleport). Full-time driver Devon Porter is there to help our engineers move the trucks after long hours on the job site. It is truly a team effort among our top engineering and project management teams to pull off these world class pay-per-view events!
Back in the States, we have another big fight on Saturday night. PSSI is back at Madison Square Garden in New York City for Saturday night’s matchup between Vasily Lomachenko and Jose Pedraza. Senior engineer Craig Henry is at the helm of our C31 truck for ESPN’s multiple feeds out of MSG’s Hulu Theater. Mati Kerpen and project manager David Gallardo are handling the international distribution of the fight, which will originate from Mati’s newly upgraded Sprinter uplink. This is small-footprint truck is ideal for NYC, and still has all the bells and whistles that our full-sized trucks can offer.
Blake Blomstrom and the C45 truck are just about a stone’s throw from our fight team, as Blake will be also be at Madison Square Garden for the big game between Kentucky and Seton Hall on Saturday. This is one of several college basketball games that will air on Fox this season, and we’re glad to be a part of it.
Keeping in NYC, Dave Buckman will be in the Bronx on Saturday, when Fordham hosts Rutgers at Rose Hill Gym in some more college basketball action on CBS Sports Network.
As if that wasn’t enough of NYC, we are already well underway in our preparations for the Canelo-Fielding fight next Saturday night! More on that big night in next week’s roundup.
Just a little ways down I-95, senior engineer Rick Ball is fully set up and tested at Lincoln Financial Field for Saturday’s Army/Navy game. We are honored to be a part of this game every year, and proud to announce that our friends at CBS won three Emmy Awards for their broadcast of the big game last year. Saturday’s game will mark the end of yet another great season of college football on CBS, and Mr. Ball has been integral in our continuing partnership with the network as we continue to push the boundaries of transmission technologies.
Dennis Smith is also on hand at the Linc for CBS Sports Network’s pre-game show and all the Army-Navy excitement. This will likely be the last football game on Dennis’s schedule for the year, but he will be all over some college basketball the rest of the winter.
Down in Atlanta, Kevin Spangler’s getting geared up for the MLS Cup Final at Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Kevin’s there for Fox’s broadcast of the big game between the Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
Continuing further south, we’re in the middle of a late-season Florida run with Golf Channel. Jonathan Ayala is finishing up a great week of transmissions in Naples at the QBE Shootout, live from the beautiful Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton Resort. And Golf Channel mainstay Chris Golden will have an early morning live shot for Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show on Monday at Champions Gate Golf Course in Davenport.
It’s a little colder in Rockford, Illinois, and perfect weather for hockey. There we have Rick Kolinek working again with our friends at Program Productions for the AHL matchup between the Chicago Wolves and the Rockford IceHogs.
David Meyer’s also keeping his eye on the weather in Kennewick, Washington, where he will be on Sunday for the college basketball matchup between Washington State and Montana State on on Sunday.
The conditions are a little more favorable down the coast in San Diego, where Larry Sheets is at the Morley Field Sports Complex for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship. Larry’s uplinking the origination feed that we will ingest at the PSSI International Teleport for distribution to YouTube. We will also be working with our friends at Nextologies and Toronto for yet another stream of the event to Facebook.
Joe Cox is spending a healthy weekend at the ProCaps Laboratories in Henderson, Nevada for another edition of ProCaps Live on the Home Shopping Network.
Here in Los Angeles we have another big fight on Saturday night. Our team is setting up at the Stub Hub Center for HBO’s Boxing After Dark, which will feature Cecilia Braekhus versus Aleksandra Lopes in the main event. Project manager Eric Hall and EIC Paul Blomstrom are leading the charge for HBO’s domestic fiber and satellite transmissions. John Jennings is in the HBO uplink truck, while Wes Hill will handle the international feed along with project manager Michael Hollander. We will also provide ringside commentary services for international broadcasters. Mark Huss and Oscar Zapata will provide our custom audio services for these announcers as they call the big fight live to their viewers around the world.
Next week we’ve got more boxing, more UFC, more golf, and SAG Awards nominations! It’s a busy and exciting holiday season for PSSI Global Services.