SVG In-Venue Series Recap: 71 Professional Teams Give Insight on Gameday Productions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In March 2020, all six professional leagues in the United States — Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Women’s National Basketball Association, and Major League Soccer — underwent a period that has never been seen before in the history of televised sports. From fake crowd noise and the heavy reliance of pre-recorded content to safety protocols, like tiered systems, and short-handed teams in the control room, the era of productions within empty stadiums birthed lessons that will withstand the test of time. Over the past year, SVG spoke with 71 franchises about how they developed an entertaining strategy for fans watching at home and how it changed throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the Ballpark
Although Major League Baseball continued with a 60-game regular season, the pulse of what makes professional baseball exciting remained at home. SVG’s At the Ballpark took you behind the control room door and broke down what it was like to produce a fan-less venue experience.
- World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium
- American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field
- HDR Workflows with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park
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On the Gridiron
Many professional sports opted for a return to play inside a sanitized bubble last summer, but without skipping a beat, the NFL soldiered on with regular-season games in all 30 stadiums across the country. SVG’s On the Gridiron examined the new routines, habits, and production philosophies of in-venue personnel on any given Thursday, Sunday, or Monday.
- AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium
- The Opening of SoFi Stadium with the Los Angeles Chargers
- The Opening Allegiant Stadium with the Las Vegas Raiders
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On the Hardwood
The tail end of 2020 into the beginning of 2021 still presented challenges to in-venue production teams. Playing outside of the Orlando bubble, SVG’s On the Hardwood examined the hardships, creative ideas, and teamwork of NBA organizations at their respective home arenas.
- NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum
- 2020 Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat at FTX Arena
- The Golden State Warriors’ Dub Hub Experience at Chase Center
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At the Rink
The National Hockey League was the last of the four major U.S. sports leagues to host a non-bubble regular season. As fans gradually make their return to the seats, SVG’s At the Rink looked at the operations of NHL organizations to see how they adapted to a sense of normalcy.
- Back-to-Back Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena
- Stanley Cup Finalist Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre
- Two-Month-Long Road Trip with the San Jose Sharks
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In the W
After a year filled with calls for gender and racial equity, it’s time to celebrate the 25th season of the WNBA. SVG’s In the W highlights the efforts and technological solutions of a handful of production crews in the league.
- Three-time Champion Los Angeles Sparks at Los Angeles Convention Center
- Balancing NBA and WNBA Shows with the Minnesota Lynx at Target Center
- Producing First Set of Home Games with the Dallas Wings at College Park Center
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On the Pitch
The past 12 months have been a whirlwind for Major League Soccer. As some clubs in the league see attendance return to pre-pandemic levels, SVG’s On the Pitch breaks down the job of a production staff before, during, and after the official’s whistle is blown.
- League’s First Full-Capacity Match with the Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- HDR Videoboard with the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park
- Hosting USWNT and Toronto FC with Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium
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