It’s already time for another installment of the PSSI Global Services Weekly Roundup! Have a look at what our team is doing around the world this weekend.
Let’s start in the future, in which senior engineer Jim Flowers and Strategic Television project manager, Garrett Hunt, are working in Singapore while most of us in the States are asleep. We’ve got yet another big live show originating on foreign soil, and our UFC team is more than up to the challenge. It’s UFC Fight Night, live on ESPN+ at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Jim and Garrett have been working closely with our partners at Concom and our friends at Globecast Asia to build domestic and international transmission facilities for the big fight on late Saturday night (or early Saturday morning, depending on where you’re watching). Ben Askren will take on Demian Maia in the main event, following a host of exciting undercards. PSSI International Teleport will, as always, provide a critical link in the chain as they’ll take in the signal from Singapore and re-distribute in North America and points beyond.
Speaking of big international shows, our WWE is starting to make their way to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for next week’s WWE Crown Jewel event. More to come on that next week…
Before we get back to the good ol’ USA, let’s make a stop at the Complexe Capitale Helicoptere in Quebec City, where Dave Buckman is boning up on his French while handling the transmission for the Gala de Boxe – Revolution event on Friday night. Tres bien!
More fighting back in the States. Blake Blomstrom and Dennis Smith are in Reading, PA for some Showtime boxing, live from Santander Arena on Saturday night. Blake and Dennis have both antennas on the CK25 mobile teleport working for domestic and international transmissions (with a stop at the PSSI International Teleport, of course). It’s Lubin versus Gallimore in the main event, with exciting undercards making for a great night of boxing.
And the WWE train isn’t in Saudi Arabia quite yet. Zane Michaels is at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO for Friday Night SmackDown on Fox before hopping on a plane for 20-something hours to Saudi. Joe Kelderhouse moves the CK30 mobile teleport forward to St. Louis, where Nick Ray will take the reins for WWE Monday Night RAW.
Another 1080p transmission for Top Rank Boxing on ESPN this weekend. Brian Blomstrom is all set up at the Reno Sparks Convention Center for our friends at ESPN. It’s Stevenson versus Gonzalez in the main event. Brian’s got a multiplexed transmission for domestic and international distribution. Strategic Television project manager, David Gallardo, isn’t there in person, but he’s been working with the PSSI International Teleport to book the international turns for Saturday night’s event.
Also in Reno, Dave Brin has some Friday night action at the Silver Legacy Hotel. It’s Roy Jones, JR Boxing, live on Friday night, and Dave’s all set up to provide the origination feed for our friends at the UFC. Project managers Keith Valeri and Garrett Hunt will tag team the downstream distribution of the event once it leaves Dave’s antenna.
Let’s stay out west and move over to some football!
Steve Chaisson’s doing another “at-home” transmission for our friends at ESPN. This time he’s in Fresno, where the Bulldogs host the Colorado State Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon. Steve will multiplex 7 cameras back to ESPN headquarters in Connecticut, where the production team there will finish the show for broadcast.
Up the 5 a good long way, David Meyer has more high school football under the Friday night lights. This week he’s at Monroe High School Stadium near Seattle while Glacier Peak High is in town. David rests on Saturday in advance of a corporate event at T-Mobile headquarters in Bellevue on Sunday and Monday.
Just one more football game out West before we head into Big 10 and Big 12 territory: Joe Cox will be at Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium on Saturday for the game between the Cal Bears and Utah Utes on Saturday night, live on the Fox networks.
Fox Sports 1’s 4K game of the week has us in Lawrence, KS, where the Jayhawks will host the Texas Tech Raiders in beautiful UHD. 4K guru Rick Varney is working alongside Mike Sheehan at Memorial Stadium in two C-band trucks for the big game. Next week: Indiana University!
Another two-truck game for Fox at The Ohio State University, where the Buckeyes will host the Wisconsin Badgers in a huge Big 10 matchup. Kevin Spangler’s on the “game” truck for the game’s transmission while Mike Howley’s nearby in another truck for Fox’s live studio show with live hits throughout the day. It’s going to be a great day of football in Columbus!
Two trucks in Texas, too! Texas-based engineers John May and Ron Ford aren’t too far from home on Saturday, as both guys are set up at Amon G. Carter Stadium for TCU versus the University of Texas on Saturday. John’s got the C-band pathway while Ron will have Fox’s Ku-band transmission handled. Another great game!
A little ways up the backbone of the country, Larry Sheets is back at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, IA for the game between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday.
Senior engineer Rick Ball’s down in Death Valley: LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge for the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. The Tigers host, well, the Tigers as Auburn is in town for what will be a helluva matchup between two top-10 teams. Tune in at 3:30 Eastern to see Rick’s handiwork!
We’re always excited when Army and Navy both have home games, and that is the case this week! Justin Roszak is making his way to West Point for CBS Sports Network’s broadcast of Army’s game against San Jose State.
And Steve Hagerty’s back in Annapolis for the second week in a row. There Navy hosts Tulane on Saturday afternoon, live from Navy Marine Corps Stadium.
It’s relatively quiet in the golf world through the weekend, but we ramp it right back up next week. Craig Henry will be at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club for the East Lake Club starting Sunday. Chris Golden will make his way to Bermuda for the Bermuda Championship at the Port Royal Golf Club. His truck’s already there and ready for action all week.
NASCAR mainstays Ben Bradshaw and Kyle Meyer are at Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway all week in the C27 mobile teleport. There’s racing action all weekend at the track that will culminate in Sunday’s First Data 500, another race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Kyle and Ben are providing massive amounts of data to production along with extensive fiber and satellite transmission services, with support from PIT and AT&T Global Video Services.
We will also have a little racing on the News Group side of the house next week. Chris Stewart and Michael Humphrey will have a truck at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas to cover all the hoopla surrounding the Formula 1 race for our friends at CNN.
Back in Southern California, there are several wild fires raging. All of our team members are safe, but Al Meshberg, Charlie Neiswenter, David Conwell, and Bob Tweed are spending some long, smoky hours providing transmission services for CNN’s coverage of the devastating fires. Hang in there, guys!
As always, there’s so much live television keeping us on our toes! Thanks to all of our customers and partners for making things interesting every weekend!