The temperatures are cooling off as we head toward Halloween, but we are cooking here at PSSI Global Services.
The MLB Playoffs are in full swing, and we’ve been there for all of the Dodger action in LA. Wes Hill subbed in for Chris Hovden at the last minute to provide a couple of days of flawless 4K/HD transmissions for Fox’s coverage of Games 3 and 4 of the NLCS. The Dodgers are up 3-2 as of this writing, and we are looking forward to being at the World Series if they pull off a victory over the Brewers.
We know the Boston Red Sox will be in the World Series, and we also know that we’ll be there next week for Games 1 and 2. Our Boston-based team couldn’t be more excited to go to Fenway to be a part of what is certain to be a great series. Mike Howley’s all set to park and be in place Monday for games on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
Mr. Howley’s keeping himself mighty busy in the Northeast. Friday he rounds out a week’s worth of flawless transmissions for BBC’s and PBS’s live broadcasts of “Autumnwatch,” a multiday series highlighting the beautiful foliage on full display in New Hampshire. C45 has never been in such a picturesque setting.
Not much time to rest on his leaves, however, as Howley hustles down to TD Garden in Boston on Saturday morning. It’s Kautondokwa versus Andrade in the main event for Matchroom Boxing USA, and Mike will be providing transmission services for our friends at Aldea. Earlier this week, Mati Kerpen and project manager Keith Valeri were at Fenway Park and the beautiful Boston Harbor Hotel for some exciting pre-fight media events. Senior engineer John Bright is also in town providing extensive production services out of our NT22 truck for a unilateral Spanish show from the Garden. It’s a great time to be in Boston!
More boxing news: Dave Buckman and Mati Kerpen were at Madison Square Garden/Hulu Theater on Wednesday when Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Alvarez signed a groundbreaking deal of 11 fights with global sports streaming leader DAZN. This is said to be the richest athlete contract in sports history with the first event on Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden against Rocky Fielding. We’re looking forward to being there for that, too!
Earlier in the week, Mike Lemieux and Marc Sarazin flexed their production muscles at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, when the U.S. Men’s National Team hosted Peru in some international soccer action. Mike and Marc provided extensive production and transmission services for multiple South American customers, from game coverage to pitch-side interviews.
Nick Ray was also there at the game providing ESPN with their transmission of what was ultimately a very exciting draw. Nick’s another guy who has been mighty busy. After the soccer game he headed to Andover, Massachusetts, for a corporate event on Wednesday. Then this weekend he’s headed down to West Point, where Army hosts Houston on Saturday in a football game at Michie Stadium. As if that weren’t enough, Nick’s on the CK30 mobile teleport on Monday for WWE’s Monday Night Raw in Providence, Rhode Island, and then in Newark, New Jersey, for Tuesday night’s SmackDown. Great work out there, Nick!
Still more fighting on the schedule. We are back in Biloxi, Mississippi, for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 3: The Takeover. Sam “the Hillbilly Hammer” Shewmaker will face off against Arnold “AJ” Adams in the finals to take home the BKFC heavyweight belt. Also on the evening’s lineup is the lightweight BKFC quarterfinal tournament. Chris Golden is handling the C-band transmission of the pay-per-view, while Benny Griffis is on NT29 for the Ku-band path.
More fighting and more production in Vegas. On Friday night, Joe Cox and NT31 will be at the Fight Dome inside the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday for the Final Fight Championship when Shelton Graves faces Carl Seumanutafa in the main event. The co-main event will feature Edmilson “the Amazonian Warrior” Freitas against Austin “AK-47” Vanderford in a welterweight match.
Senior engineer Tracy Michaels is tech managing a complex unilateral production for a Japanese client on Saturday night at Park Theater at MGM Resort. Ryōta Murata of Japan will defend his WBA middleweight belt against Rob “Bravo” Brant. Mark Huss is also there to provide ringside commentary services, and Ray Loyko will handle the uplink portion of the event. Project manager Garrett Hunt will split his time between K19 and the CK35 mobile teleport, which is also there for the big fight. Matt Huennekens will handle ESPN’s C-band transmission, while Joe Cox is on the international feed, with Garrett calling licensees around the world to ensure they’re receiving the fight from Vegas.
Back on Thursday, K19 and Mark Huss had more boxing. They were at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, on Thursday for Golden Boy boxing, when Jason Quigley faced Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez in a 10-round middleweight bout. The co-main event was Eddie “Eboy” Gomez in an eight-round welterweight matchup with Shoki “El PV” Sakai.
Back in the golf swing: Larry Sheets and C24 were at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, this week for the Senior LPGA Championship, where Laura Davis captured her second majors victory this year.
Dave Brin, with the help of Alex Mestizo, and C15 were at Silverado Country Club on Tuesday in Napa, California, for a live shot for Golf Channel News.
Mike Sheehan and C31 are spending their weekend at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond for the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, which features a 54-player field in a no-cut 54-hold event for a $2 million purse.
And of course we’re still racing: Kyle Meyer and Jonathan Ayala, along with C27, are at Kansas Speedway this week for NASCAR in another great weekend of racing. The fun starts on Friday with practice, qualifying and the Kansas 150. The fun continues Saturday with more qualifying and the Kansas Lottery 300 and on Sunday with a concert from Chris Janson and the big race, the Hollywood Casino 400!
And a little “football” before we get into the meat of the college football schedule: Dave Buckman and the Columbia truck were at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on Tuesday for more soccer when Costa Rica faced Columbia. Dennis Smith and NT21 were at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday when D.C. United took on Toronto Football Club. Then on Sunday Dennis and NT21 will be back to Audi Field for more soccer when D.C. United faces NYC Football Club.
And then there’s good old American football:
- Steve Hagerty and K18 will be at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, when the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Syracuse Orange.
- Steve Toth will be at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when the Cincinnati Bearcats take on the Temple Owls. Steve will multiplex 10 channels via fiber for distribution back to ESPN headquarters, where they will produce the game.
- Another at-home transmission: Justin Roszak and C12 will be at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, to transmit 14 channels of video that will be downlinked at PSSI International Teleport and then distributed to CBS headquarters in NYC via the AT&T Global Video services network. The South Florida Bulls defend their home territory against the UConn Huskies on CBS Sports Network.
- Larry Sheets and C24 along with Rick Kolinek and K22 will all be at Spartan Stadium at Michigan State University in East Lansing when the Michigan Wolverines battle the Michigan State Spartans.
- Dave Brin with C32 and Rick Varney with CK25 will be at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin, when the Wisconsin Badgers play the Illinois Fighting Illini. This is our 4K game of the week on Fox Sports 1, and it’s nice to have 4K guru Rick Varney back into the rotation. Next week: Thursday night football in West Virginia!
- Rick Ball and C36 will be at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, when the Alabama Crimson Tide face off against the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC Game of the Week on CBS Saturday afternoon. That’ll be a good one.
- Blake Blomstrom and C41 will be at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, when the Houston Cougars take on the Navy Midshipmen.
- Saturday Dennis Smith and NT21 will be at Hughes Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, when the Howard Bison take on the Morgan State Bears.
- Todd Harvey with C47 and Dave Meyer with K20 will both be at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington, when the Oregon Ducks battle the Washington State Cougars.
- John Jennings and DC9 will be at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah, when the Montana State Bobcats face the Weber State Wildcats.
- Chris Hovden and Jose Sanchez will tag team yet another at-home transmission via fiber for ESPN in Pasadena, California. The UCLA Bruins defend their home field against the Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl.
- John May and CK48 will be at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, when the Kansas Jayhawks battle the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
- Dave Meyer and K20 were at French Field in Kent, Washington, Thursday when the Kennedy Catholic Lancers took on the Kentwood Conquerors in some high school action.
- Dave Buckman and the Arizona truck will be at Peters Township High School on Friday when the Bethel Park Blackhawks take on the Peters Township Indians.
- Ray Loyko and the Midwest truck will be at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday when the Air Force Falcons take on the UNLV Rebels.
And last, but not least, a little political entertainment. Engineer in charge (EIC) Mike Lemieux and senior project manager Eric Hall join forces with Steve Chaisson and Craig Henry for another installment of HBO’s “Pod Save America” on Friday night. Should be a few laughs and some heated debates coming out of our antennas and onto TV screens around the country.
There’s a little bit of everything on our schedule this week — and every week — and that’s the way we like it!