The 2018 World Series started this week between the LA Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox, with PSSI Global Services covering all the action in both locations. Mike Howley and C45 were at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, and Wes Hill and the Atlas truck are at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles for the weekend. The Sox were looking good in the first two games, but Wes is hopeful the Dodgers will get at least one win so he goes as far as Game 5. Fox’s broadcast looked great, as well, and we are proud to be an integral part of the Fall Classic.
Our friends at Fox are keeping us plenty busy this weekend, and we thank them for that! Here’s some college football on the Fox networks:
Rick Varney with CK25 and Kevin Spangler with C41 were both at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Thursday when the Baylor Bears took a whipping from the West Virginia Mountaineers in a beautiful 4K broadcast.
- Joe Cox and C49 will be at Memorial Stadium at University of Kansas in Lawrence when the Kansas Jayhawks defend their turf against the TCU Horned Frogs Saturday afternoon.
- John May and CK48 will be at Memorial Stadium at the University of Oklahoma in Norman when the Kansas State Wildcats face the Oklahoma Sooners.
- Mike Sheehan and C32 will be at the TCF Bank Stadium at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis when the Indiana Hoosiers take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers for a Friday night game.
- Steve Chaisson and C47 are at Memorial Stadium at University of California, Berkeley when the California Golden Bears take on the Washington Huskies.
ESPN has us on the gridiron this weekend, as well.
- Nick Ray and Mike Howley are down at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, where the UConn Huskies host the UMass Minutemen. Nick and Mike are handling a Ku-band at-home transmission for our friends at ESPN.
- Another at-home transmission out here in LA, this one via fiber. Chris Hovden and Jose Sanchez have a stack of equipment to multiplex 10 channels of video for distribution back to ESPN headquarters in Connecticut for the production of a great high school football game between the Pasadena Bulldogs and the John Muir Mustangs. It’s the 2018 Turkey Tussle!
CBS is keeping us busy, too!
- John Bright’s at FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, when the Florida Atlantic Owls face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on CBS Sports Network.
- Justin Roszak is doing yet another big-time at-home transmission for CBS this weekend. This time Justin’s at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where the Eastern Michigan Eagles take on the Army Black Knights. Justin’s transmitting 14 channels of video via satellite, which PSSI International Teleport downlinks and hands off to CBS in NYC via AT&T’s Global Video Services fiber network.
- Rick Ball’s at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party this weekend, but he’s not there for the drinks. The CBS SEC Game of the Week is Florida versus Georgia in Jacksonville, and this is going to be a great game. EverBank Field is going to be rocking and rolling on Saturday afternoon, and there will be a lot of eyeballs on Rick’s broadcast.
- There’s a big game down in San Diego on Saturday, live on CBS. Brian Blomstrom is already there testing C15 for Saturday night’s game at SDCCU Stadium, where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Navy Midshipmen. You can bet PSSI Global Services CEO Rob Lamb — proud Navy grad — will be there rooting for the Midshipmen!
And still more football! And more Daves!
- Dave Buckman and the Columbia truck will be at Greene Stadium at Howard University in Washington, D.C., when the Howard Bison take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
- Dave Meyer and K20 will be at Roos Field at Eastern Washington University when the Eagles take on the Idaho Vandals.
- Dave Mitchell and the Arizona truck will be at North Allegheny High School on Friday for a home conference game when the Tigers face the Pine-Richland Rams.
We are playing some golf, too.
Chris Golden and C23 are in Jackson, Mississippi, at the Country Club of Jackson this week for the Sanderson Farms Championship. This PGA Tour event draws golfers from far and wide to compete for a prize purse of over $4 million.
John Jennings and C43 are at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, for the Invesco QQQ/Powershares Championship, part of the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs.
NASCAR? Of course! Ben Bradshaw and Jonathan Ayala are in the C27 mobile teleport, spending their weekend covering races at Martinsville in Ridgeway, Virginia. Highlights from the weekend are scheduled to include the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Texas Roadhouse 200 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 race on Sunday.
We’re heading into a monster stretch for our WWE crew. Mike Lemieux joins WWE vets Logan Schinto and Zane Michaels at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, this weekend for WWE Evolution. This first-ever all-female pay-per-view (PPV) wrestling match will feature the NXT champion, WWE Raw women’s champion and SmackDown women’s champion, and it will include the Mae Young Classic Finals and the Battle Royal. What an exciting weekend of match-ups! From there all three guys hop on a plane to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to prepare for next weekend’s Crown Jewel event. Logan’s been developing transmission schemes for weeks for this huge event, and we’re ready back here in the States with multiple teleport and truck services to support this complex broadcast.
Back in NYC, Mati Kerpen and Dennis Smith join engineer in charge (EIC) Mike Lemieux and project manager Victor Verno at Madison Square Garden for HBO Boxing on Saturday night. Daniel Jacobs faces Sergiy Derevyanchenko in a middleweight match-up for the vacant IBF title. The co-features on the fight card for Saturday include the battle between Yuandale Evans and Alberto Machado for the WBA world super featherweight title and the super welterweight bout between Willie Nelson (not that Willie) and Patrick Day.
Before that, Dennis is in Philly Friday night alongside Steve Toth, EIC Blake Blomstrom and project manager Eric Hall. It’s another episode of “Pod Save America,” a four-part special on politics, live on HBO. Hosts Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor are all at the beautiful 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while our trucks are parked out back in a very tight alley.
More UFC action! Steve Hagerty and Craig Henry join EIC Jim Flowers and project manager Keith Valeri at Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Saturday for UFC Fight Night. The fight card features Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir battling Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, Michael “The Menace” Johnson battling Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov, Misha Cirkunov facing off with Patrick “Durkin” Cummins, Andre (The Asian Sensation) Soukhamthath fighting Jonathan “Dragon” Martinez, Gian Villante and Ed “Short Fuse” Herman going head to head, and Alex “The Dominican Nightmare” Garcia battling Court “The Crusher” McGee. It’s cold, but it’s not snowing. North Carolina native Craig Henry is hoping for a heat wave, but hopefully the fights will keep his blood flowing until the show ends late Saturday night.
It’s a lot warmer in Hawaii, which is where Todd Harvey was Thursday night. Mr. Harvey finished up the last in a series of college soccer uplinks for Charter Communications on the big island. Thursday it was the UC Riverside Highlanders against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in Big West women’s soccer.
Keeping out west, Dave Brin and the Starlight truck will be at Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California, for the PAC-12 Cross Country Championships. Then on Sunday Dave Brin and the Starlight will move over to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California, for the second edition of California 8 Hours, the longest race on the Monterey Peninsula. It will be an exciting weekend of nonstop, pedal-to-the-metal action you won’t want to miss.
Before heading down to San Diego, Brian Blomstrom and C15 were at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, on Thursday for a historic night of all-female hosts for the 2018 Latin American Music Awards, presented by our friends at Telemundo.
Believe it or not, next week is looking even busier. Those of us in the offices and shops are gearing up for quite a push for these last few months of 2018. It’s an exciting time in live television!