Week Two of the College Football season is well underway, with games from coast to coast. But let’s start in the Southeast, where we’re relieved to say that all of our engineers and employees have come out of Hurricane Dorian in good shape. Our PSSI News Group team is still in Florida and the Carolinas, providing our friends at CNN with extensive coverage of Dorian’s aftermath. Lorenzo Dottori, Al Meshberg, Max Lewis, Bob Tweed, Scott Garber, Bill O’Toole, and Charlie Neiswenter have been up and down the coast, from Daytona Beach to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
- Still plenty of college football going on down South. Abi Falcon is heading up to the Swamp in Gainesville, FL, where the Gators will host the University of Tennessee – Martin on Saturday. With a little help from Rick Ball, Abi will multiplex seven video channels over fiber for our friends at ESPN.
Florida-based Justin Roszak is relieved his home was spared the worst of the storm, and he will head down to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where FAU will host the University of Central Florida on Saturday night, live on CBS Sports Network.
Well up the coast, Mati Kerpen is hoping the weather stays away from Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT, where he’ll be for CBS Sports Network’s coverage UCONN versus Illinois on Saturday afternoon.
Plenty of games in Pennsylvania and Ohio keeping us busy.
Dave Buckman’s got a double header of sorts, as he’ll be covering high school football in Pittsburgh on Friday night and college football at Penn State on Saturday. First up is some WPIAL action as the Upper St. Clair Panthers host the Baldwin Highlanders under the Friday Night Lights. Then Dave heads up the road to Beaver Stadium to provide one of Fox’s transmission pathways for the game between the Nittany Lions and Buffalo. Dave will be joined by Nick Ray in a C-band truck for the game’s other path out of the stadium back to Fox headquarters in California. Nick’s “taking a break” from his WWE duties for this game. He was in Baltimore and Norfolk for RAW and Smackdown earlier in the week, and after Penn State he heads to Madison Square Garden for back-to-back WWE shows on Monday and Tuesday. Nice run, Nick!
Back to football, inching slowly West. Dennis Smith is in Akron at Infocision Stadium for Saturday’s game between Akron University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. This one’s also on CBS Sports Network, and also on Eutelsat’s 113WA satellite, one of many services this weekend on the Eutelsat fleet. Dennis will access the satellite with the team at our own PSSI International Teleport, as PIT controls the cross pols and accesses for domestic traffic on 113WA. We love extending our control of transmission from the truck all the way through the teleport!
A little further north, Steve Hagerty’s back in Ann Arbor, MI for more Wolverine football. This time Michigan hosts Army in a Saturday afternoon game on the Fox networks. Steve’s in the CK25 mobile teleport, which he’ll take down to Indy after the game to work with our friends at DAZN. It’s the Pat McAfee Show, and Steve will provide a satellite path out of a studio in Indianapolis.
Speaking of NFL football, and before we continue west with our college schedule, we should check in with Blake Blomstrom and Marc Sarazin at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where we will be doing the first of several tailgating shows for the NFL Network. Blake and Marc are providing a little production along with a C-band transmission back to NFL Network headquarters in CA. Can’t wait to see the show!
And Rick Kolinek was at Grant Park in Chicago for an early look at the Chicago Bears’ opening weekend. This was part of a huge NFL Kickoff week in Chicago, where we also had Brian Blomstrom providing NFL Network with extensive satellite transmission services for their coverage of the event at Grant Park.
Back to the college schedule: couple of big games in Texas this weekend. John May’s piloting the CK48 teleport to Baylor’s McLane Stadium in Waco, TX, where the University of Texas-San Antonio will be taking on the Bears this Saturday.
Ron Ford’s down in Houston for a Friday night game between Rice and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. It’s been a heckuva week for Ron, who rushed to Odessa earlier in the week to cover the shooting there before heading to Little Rock, AR for some minor league baseball on Wednesday night. He’ll head back home for a well-deserved weekend off after Friday’s game on CBS Sports Network.
More football in Iowa. This week Larry Sheets is at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium for the game between the Hawkeyes and Rutgers on Saturday afternoon.
Not too far down the road from Larry, Mike Howley is at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, KS, where K State will host Bowling Green on Saturday. Mr. Howley is providing the encoding and satellite uplink for Fox’s at-home production of the big game this weekend. Nice work, Mike!
Still further West, Mike Sheehan is working in his home state of Colorado. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are in town to face the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, live on Fox from Folsom Field in Boulder.
And aaaaalllll the way West, 4K guru Rick Varney is working alongside David Meyer as we provide Fox with another two-truck UHD transmission for their 4K game of the week on Saturday. David and Rick are at the University of Washington, as the Cal Bears are in town for a big PAC-12 conference game.
It’s a relatively quiet weekend for fighting and golf, an odd lull that will very quickly change next week. Here in LA, Chris Hovden was back at the beautiful Belasco Theater for Golden Boy Promotions Thursday Night Fights on DAZN. Strategic Television project manager Michael Hollander arranged for the international distribution of Chris’s signal, with the PSSI International Teleport providing turnaround services.
Also in downtown LA on Thursday night, John Jennings was back at LA Center Studios for another episode of Chasing the Cure, live on TBS and TNT. We’re at the halfway point of this 10-week show, and we’re excited to see Ann Curry and crew pick up steam on this fascinating look at obscure illnesses and crowd-sourced diagnoses and cures.
Big time racing this weekend at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle Meyer and Jonathan Ayala are in the C27 mobile teleport, providing NASCAR with the usual smorgasbord of transmission and connectivity services via fiber and satellite. Bill Sciolla and the team at the PSSI International Teleport are providing extensive hub services between the track and NASCAR HQ in Charlotte. A week worth of racing will culminate in Sunday’s Brickyard 400, the latest installment in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Next week: Vegas!
We’ll close with the biggest event of the weekend on the other side of the world. It’s UFC 242: the first pay-per-view to originate from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Our ace UFC crew – STV project managers Garrett Hunt and Keith Valeri and senior engineers Jim Flowers and Tracy Michaels – have spent a few long, hot days preparing for this huge live event on Saturday. Working closely with local vendors and our friends at Concom, our team has built from scratch all the elements required to pull off the domestic and international distribution of the event with the same redundancies and contingency plans we have in place for similar scale events in the States. We’ve also added an encrypted IP transmission pathway utilizing cutting-edge technology from our friends at Nextologies. Here again the PSSI International Teleport is a critical link in the chain between our guys at The Arena on Yas Island and UFC fans around the world. No other company could pull off an event of this scale, and we are proud to be the world’s leader in live events, transmission, and connectivity! Excellent work all around!