It’s hard to believe we’re in December already. This year has flown by, and we have a lot to celebrate, but there’s too much going on this month to pause and reflect!
After an exciting regular season in college football, PSSI Global Services is poised to continue a great run for the conference championships and bowl games that will take us into January.
Let’s start with the Sun Belt Championship on Saturday, where Steve Toth will have the C42 truck all set up for Saturday’s game between the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Ben Bradshaw’s there at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC with Steve to set up a 10-channel multiplexed transmission via satellite for our friends at ESPN. Driver Dale Fountain will be there after the game to help Steve strike the truck before it moves forward to Philadelphia for next weekend’s big Army-Navy game.
C31 and Kevin Spangler will be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN this weekend for the Big 10 Championship when the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. This game will mark the end of a great season of Big 10 football transmissions for our friends at Fox.
It’s SEC Championship weekend in Atlanta, and you’d better believe Rick Ball is there. He’s setting up the C12 outside Mercedes Benz Stadium for CBS’s broadcast of the big time game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide.
Justin Roszak is just up the road at the Georgia World Congress Center for SEC Nation on ESPN. He’s surrounded by the Dr. Pepper SEC Championship Fan Fair, which includes attractions, meet-and-greets with team members, pep-rallies and interactive exhibits.
Up in Tennessee, Benny Griffis is setting up at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, TN when the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the Conference USA Championship on Saturday. This game will be on the CBS Sports Network Saturday afternoon.
All the way across the country, David Meyer’s at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on Friday and Saturday for two days of high school football games at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Gridiron Classic state football championship.
With a little less volume in the college football schedule, we have some extra bandwidth available for a wide variety of sports and entertainment across the country and beyond.
Dave “Mitch” Mitchell is becoming an honorary citizen of Morgantown, WV, as he’ll be at the WVU Coliseum a couple of times this week for some Mountaineer basketball. On Saturday the Youngstown State Penguins are in town to take on WVU. Are there penguins in Youngstown?
Some Big East hoops for our friends at Fox: Mike Howley’s at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Saturday when the Seton Hall Pirates host the Louisville Cardinals.
Dave Brin was at Knight Arena at the University of Oregon in Eugene for an NCAA Volleyball tournament. Hawaii lost to Baylor on Friday night, so Dave’s heading back down to his home base of Sacramento.
Nearby in Portland, Steve Chaisson and the Starlight truck will be at Glendoveer Golf Course on Friday and Saturday for the 15th Annual Nike Cross Nationals Championship, where individuals and club qualifiers from eight different regions will compete for the national championship. The PSSI International Teleport (PIT) will ingest Steve’s signal and re-encode it for online distribution on runnerspace.com.
On another golf course, far far away, Blake Blomstrom is setting up for the Hero World Challenge, where 18 of the world’s best golfers compete for the trophy and a share of the $3.5 million prize purse. Blake and our C23 truck are enjoying their time with the Golf Channel in the Bahamas at the Albany Resort, and will both return to the mainland after this weekend.
The C23 will land at Port Everlades some time next week, and that’s where Chris Golden was earlier this week doing an uplink with our NT33 truck. Chris was there for the send-off of the newest ship in the Celebrity Cruise Lines fleet, the “Celebrity Edge.” What makes this ship different is the structural engineering of the ship, with floor to ceiling windows and the “Magic Carpet,” a cantilevered, mobile open air venue that’s attached to the ship and can be used for anything, from al fresco dining to concerts and more.
Todd Harvey and the DC9 truck are in Beaver Creek, CO this week for 2018 Xfinity Sky Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup Super G, Downhill and Giant Slalom Competition. Touted as one of the premier ski competitions, this weekend’s events will include live music, ski films, beer tasting, and, of course, some skiing!
It’s been a busy week in Vegas.
The race tracks are all quiet for a month or so, but we’ve still got NASCAR on the schedule. Matt Huennekens and the Atlas truck were at the Wynn Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday for the NASCAR Cup Awards Banquet, a star-studded affair that included Chase Elliott winning the Most Popular Driver award.
Brothers Brian and Paul Blomstrom took the CK35 mobile teleport to the Luxor Hotel & Casino on Tuesday for the Alliance of American Football’s Protect or Pick Quarterback draft. The draft brings us one step closer to the to the inaugural AAF season that begins February 9th, 2019, and will feature eight teams playing a ten game schedule.
From there the Blomstrom brothers took the C43 truck and met Joe Cox at The Pearl inside the Palms Hotel & Casino. Project manager Keith Valeri joins the team for a couple of days of transmissions leading up to Saturday’s UFC The Ultimate Fighter Finale. The main event features Rafael dos Anjos facing Kamaru Usman in a welterweight bout, Pedro Munhoz and Bryan Caraway in a bantamweight bout, Darren Stewart and Edmen Shahbazyan in a middleweight match-up and Ji Yong Kim battling Antonina Shevchenko in the women’s flyweight competition.
A wee bit further away, Jim Flowers and Garrett Hunt have their clocks set to Australian time as they begin their setup for a UFC Fight Night live from Adelaide, Australia. It’s dos Santos versus Tuivasa in the main event at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, but our team has a lot of work to do to prepare for the weigh-in and undercards over the next two days. Jim and Garrett are working closely with our friends and partners at Sydney Teleport to provide the origination transmissions for the event’s worldwide distribution.
A few time zones back in time and a hemisphere away, Mike Lemieux and Dave Buckman are at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City for Premier Boxing Champions Fight Night 2. The main event will feature light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson defending his WBC title against interim champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk, along with undefeated heavyweight Oscar Rivas battling Fabio Maldonado for the NABF Belt. Mike and Dave will be providing production and transmission services for our friends at Belmonte Productions, and their feed will be incorporated into the big old pay-per-view we’re heading up at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Here in LA we have a monster PPV. EIC Tracy Michaels is working with project managers Victor Verno and Michael Hollander to provide extensive domestic and international transmission services for the main event on Saturday night: Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury. Both fighters are undefeated, and there is a lot of hype around what is sure to be a great fight. Chris Hovden, Wes Hill, John Jennings, and Larry Sheets will all be manning transmission paths for Showtime as well as international broadcaster. The CK35 mobile teleport is the Strategic Television hub, where all inbound and outbound signals will be monitored by our team. John Bright and Alex Mestizo are providing multi-path transmission and production services for Friday’s weigh-in with our K34 production/uplink hybrid truck and B-unit. As if that’s not enough, we also have Mark Huss and Oscar Zapata providing ringside commentary services for a few international broadcasters who are lucky enough to be right next to the ring.
Our team at the PSSI International Teleport will have a hand in all of these domestic and international fighting events, as they have become an integral part of our overall service offerings. From quality control monitoring to standards conversion to international turnaround distributions, PIT is an industry leader in hands-on signal distribution management, a perfect fit for Strategic Television’s longstanding dominance in worldwide live event management.