Friday, July 10, 2009

Broadcast preview: 3rd annual Urban Bowl

I'm on crew again to televise the 3rd annual Urban Bowl at Griffin Stadium (Central's field) Saturday for SPNN. If you're new, it's an all-star football game meant to recognize the best players in the Minneapolis and St. Paul City Conference. Given the weak performance of both conferences among current teams in the last few years, this is probably the best exposure returning players are going to get all season. However, this one has a little more meaning than its spiritual sister, the Inner City All-Star Classic, because Minneapolis players will play against St. Paul players instead of a random jumble. The game is still an exhibition and nothing more than a structured pick-up game, but there are some bragging rights at stake.

The game should look a little more slick than last time as I have rosters and players to watch with me to use for graphics, along with some promotional images. The only real concern I have is the game starting later than its scheduled 3:15 kickoff. Last year, the game started 30 minutes late with no warning, which I thought was disrespectful. However, once you start televising games, it doesn't take too long for the beneficiaries to understand the process behind making a broadcast successful. I'm the graphics designer this time around, so you'll have to wait a little longer for my play-by-play.

The game itself will be tape-delayed, so you'll have to visit to find out when the game is airing. Unfortunately, if you don't live in St. Paul, you won't be able to watch the game.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mike the kick off is never late you are poorly misinformed. Just like the Super Bowl for example, comes on air at 7 kick off is 7:30. The gates gates open at 3, players are announced singing of the national anthem and then kick-off right on time. They play 15 minute quarters and the game ends at 6:30. just like an NFL or college game. Every one is out by 7 pm. I believe those guys get a field permit for 3-7pm every year. If you know anything about the sport you would understand that. So the only thing I see disrespectful is what you write in your blogs. The guys that put that game on do a great job and are far from disrespectful. If you have an issue with being the kick-off time being 3:30 why don't you speak to one of the staff about it. I am sure they will tell you that Kick-off will be 3:30 just like I told you on your blog post last year... If you don't have anything positive to say don't say it all. Those guys pay way more money then they should to have a community org such as SPNN come out. So don't disrespect them.

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