2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit
Tuesday, July 18, 2023SVG RSPS: NBCUniversal Local Chicago's John Schippman on Further Developments to the Popular BetCastSince the advent of legalized sports betting, fans have gained a new reason to watch their favorite sports teams. Regional sports networks have taken this new activity and have added sports betting analysis to their live programming and studio shows. At NBC Sports Chicago, the RSN has taken it to another level with BetCast: an alternative broadcast that focuses on real-time odds and other sports-betting content throughout the course of a Chicago Bulls game. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, NBCUniversal Local Chicago's VP, Sports Content, John Schippman details the challenges of its first edition in 2021, the lessons that they've learned since then, how it'll continue to change, and why fans keep coming back to watch.Thursday, July 13, 2023SVG RSPS: Monumental Sports & Entertainment's Zach Leonsis on the Launch of Monument Sports NetworkWashington D.C.-based Monumental Sports & Entertainment is set to debut the latest regional sports network in the business when it officially rebrands NBC Sports Washington - which it completely acquired in 2022 - to Monumental Sports Network. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, Zach Leonsis, President of Media and New Enterprises at Monumental Sports and Entertainment shares what its been like rebranding the network and what he's most excited for when the network begins broadcasting games under the name this fall.Tuesday, July 11, 2023SVG RSPS: Marquee Sports Network's Debby Schneider on Using Technology to Stand Out at the RSN LevelAt the regional-sports-network level, implementing new technologies has been one of the main drivers of increased viewership. Throughout the 2023 Chicago Cubs season, the network has utilized a handful of workflows like shallow depth-of-field cameras and a drone during Spring Training to elevate the quality of their live broadcasts. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, Marquee Sports Network's SVP, Broadcast Operations, Debby Schneider, explains why these pieces of equipment were chosen, how they've enhanced the viewing experience, and other production highlights from the current MLB campaign.Friday, July 7, 2023SVG RSPS: Program Productions' Jessica Kowatch on Bolstering the Industry Through TrainingIn this unique and volatile time in the history of regional sports production, the people that make live sports happen are more critical than ever. That's where a company like Program Productions, Inc. lends a critical hand to ensure live broadcasts are crewed up and ready and willing technicians across the country can get work. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit in Chicago, PPI's EVP of Operations and Chief Operating Officer Jessica Kowatch discusses the successful growth of the company's training initiative - which has injected nearly 100 new skilled technicians into the industry in just its first year - shares what's new with the ProCrewz app, and moreThursday, July 6, 2023SVG RSPS: Bally Sports Detroit's Jeff Byle on Debuting the 'Players Only' Alternative BroadcastAfter national networks like ESPN and CBS Sports successfully executed alternative broadcasts, regional sports networks are now producing secondary experiences of their own. For Bally Sports Detroit, Detroit Tigers fans are enjoying "Players Only" broadcasts, which place former players and alumni behind the mic on the main linear telecast. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, Bally Sports Detroit's VP and Executive Producer Jeff Byle breaks down the intricacies of the concept, how they're keeping these productions fresh, and how fans are enjoying this unique perspective.Thursday, July 6, 2023SVG RSPS: NBC Sports Chicago's Kevin Anderson on Upgrading Studio Shows With Ross Video's PIEROProducing regional broadcasts of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago is responsible for a multitude of talent for three professional fanbases in the city. Along with live games, the RSN is also tasked with pre and postgame shows surrounding their coverage. To enhance their on-air breakdowns, they have tapped the services of Ross Video's PIERO Sports Graphics Analysis system. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, NBC Sports Chicago's Director, Studio Content, Kevin Anderson, discusses how this solution improves their content, how these segments have resonated with fans, and details other production highlights from the year.Thursday, July 6, 2023SVG RSPS: NBC Sports Regional Networks' Jon Slobotkin on Sector's Technological EvolutionOver the years, regional sports networks have continued to innovate on the technological front. From relying on remote production and the influx of cloud-based solutions since the COVID-19 pandemic to the rise of 4K and HDR productions, RSN professionals have been to integrate new workflows along the way. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, NBC Sports Regional Networks' SVP, Content and Live Programming, Jon Slobotkin, examines how this technology has evolved since its inception and why this event is critical to sharing ideas and thoughts to others in the industry.Thursday, July 6, 2023SVG RSPS: Kosner Media's John Kosner Analyzes Status of Regional Sports Networks, Envisions FutureCentered around financial difficulties, the regional-sports-network business is dealing with many challenges. These circumstances have created a murky outlook for the future, but as time goes on, there are still opportunities for improvement and growth. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, Kosner Media's President John Kosner outlines how this side of the industry can capitalize on these chances and provides advice to professionals navigating this tumultuous time.Thursday, July 6, 2023SVG RSPS: YES Network's Mike Webb on Domingo Germán's Perfect Game, Productions of Yankees BaseballPerfect games in Major League Baseball come few and far between, but last week on June 28 vs. the Oakland A's, New York Yankees' starting pitcher Domingo Germán twirled the 24th perfecto in league history and the first in over a decade. Germán entered the baseball record book, but the broadcast featured Producer Josh Isaac at the front bench in only the second game of his career. At the 2023 SVG Regional Sports Production Summit, YES Network's VP, Broadcast Operations and Engineering, Mike Webb, comments on the historic moment, provides major production highlights from the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets seasons, how the network is standing out in a unique way through the launch of the YES App, and why reuniting with regional-sports-network colleague at this event is important.