SVG, Fox Sports, Bexel, Game Creek open doors to students at BCS Championship Tour

Electrical engineering and broadcast TV students from LSU and Delgado Community College in New Orleans were given a behind-the-scenes tour by Fox Sports, Bexel, Game Creek, and the Sports Video Group of a top-level TV sports production on the Saturday prior to the 2008 BCS National Championship game between LSU and Ohio State. “The BCS tour was only our latest continuing efforts to find next-generation of engineering talent for both SVG member companies and sponsors,” says Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG editorial director.

The all-day tour gave 23 students and educators an opportunity to see the current state-of-the-art in broadcast TV production. Fox Sports Michael Davies, director of field operations, and Jerry Steinberg, VP of operations, Lee Estroff, Bexel technical sales, and Kerschbaumer led students on a tour of the Game Creek production trucks used for the broadcast TV coverage, the Crosscreek truck used for coverage, as well as the Superdome and broadcast booth. Students also had hands-on experience with a wireless HD camera from CP Communications and learned the ins and outs of studio camera operation, EVS replays, the Sportvision First-and-Ten line and more.

Lynn Robertson, Delgado Community College professor, says the exposure for her students was important, especially as the school is still rebounding from damage from Hurricane Katrina. “Our students don’t get a chance to see this kind of production, especially since our broadcast studio was destroyed during Katrina,” she explained.

The Sports Video Group and Fox Sports will continue to work with the students on possible job placement or exposure as a runner or intern on future events in the New Orleans area.

“We’re already looking forward to replicating a similar experience prior to the Daytona 500 with Fox Sports and ESPN,” says Kerschbaumer. “Over and over again we heard from the students that their only prior exposure to career opportunities were career fairs. But exposing these students to the exciting and challenging world of TV sports production technology makes a difference. And we’ve only begun.”

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