SVG Sports Production 2021 Yearbook Now Available – Read and Download Today!

The SVG Sports Production 2021 Yearbook is now available to download and read online. SVG’s annual overview of the sports-production industry expanded its scope this year, looking beyond trucks and the production compound to provide an overarching look at how the entire industry weathered the most challenging year in the history of sports broadcasting. This year’s edition features a special report titled “The Comeback: How Live Sports Production Returned in the Age of Coronavirus”, as well as Reflections on 2020 from some of the top executives in the business.


In addition, the 2021 Yearbook features the return of publication staples like a roundup of the mobile-services providers serving the sports-broadcasting community, the Vendor Services Directory, and the annual Mobile Sports Production Gearbase, which provides a comprehensive list of the hundreds of trucks currently on the road in North America and the gear they carry.

The Comeback: How Live Sports Production Returned in the Age of Coronavirus

When the pandemic caused the U.S. sports world to suddenly grind to a halt in mid-March, broadcasters and live-event producers were faced with one of the greatest challenges in the industry’s history: how to bring back live sports broadcasts safely.

In the ensuing months, sports broadcasters, technology vendors, and production-service providers worked together to develop unique new workflows — both onsite and remote — that would pave the way for live sports broadcasts to resume. Despite a litany of unknowns and a 2020 sports calendar thrown into chaos, all four major U.S. sports leagues returned along with the bulk of the major American sports events — providing a much-needed respite for content-hungry sports fans struggling during the pandemic.

This section provides an in-depth look at the industry’s monumental efforts to bring back live sports production in the face of coronavirus, including the return of Esports, the NFL Draft, and PBR, NASCAR and other motorsports, the PGA Tour and other golf Majors, the U.S. Open and other tennis, boxing and UFC, the MLS and NWSL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL, and college football and the NFL.

Reflections 2020: Sports Production Leaders Look Back on ‘A Year Unlike Any Other’

When the pandemic hit the U.S. full force in early March, sports production was forced to accelerate technology changes that were already in motion but not expected to happen for several years. Health and safety came to the forefront of production concerns at the same time as engineers were racing to enable talent and tech to work from their homes. As always, the production industry came together as a family to deliver sports television to a public that was hungry for live entertainment.

This Reflections 2020 section features editorials from top sports-production execs that look back on the challenges of 2020 and how they were overcome. Included in this section are Chris Brown (Turner Sports), Mike Davies (Fox Sports), Mary Ellen Carlyle (Dome Productions), Patti Fallick (USTA), Phil Garvin (Mobile TV Group), Steve Hellmuth (NBA), Patty Power (CBS Sports), Mitch Rubenstein (Ross Production Services), Dave Shaw (NFL Media), Susan Stone (MLB Network), Pat Sullivan (Game Creek Video), and a piece from the NHL’s Peter DelGiacco, Grant Nodine, Mark Haden,Dan O’Neill, and John Frantzeskakis.

Much More: Broadcast Services Provider Profiles, Vendor Services Directory, and Mobile Gearbase

On top of The Comeback and Reflections 2020, the Yearbook includes plenty of signature items that readers have come to know well over the past decade and a half. These include profiles on top Broadcast-Services Providers, a state-by-state Vendor Services Directory, and don’t miss the 15th-annual SVG Mobile Sports Production Gearbase Survey results detailing hundreds of mobile units currently on the road in North America today.


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