All smiles after first live event
PALO ALTO, Calif.--After play-by-play announcer Mark Rogondino signed off and the Pac-12 Networks wrapped up the Stanford women's soccer team's 6-1 win over Santa Clara on Friday night, a round of applause broke out in the production truck. Then somebody joked, "That was the best game ever on the Pac-12 Networks."
If they all go like they did Friday night, the networks are on to something.
The first live event on the Pac-12 Networks was a resounding success. Six second-half goals by Stanford made for entertaining viewing, and all the production elements went off without a hitch.
"For our first one, I was very proud of our first telecast," Pac-12 Networks Senior Coordinating Producer Kyle Reischling said. "There were many people working some long days and nights to put this together. We had a lot of new people working together on a new venture. It felt unique. I thought everyone did a really nice job."
Friday marked the first of 850 live events the networks will air during the course of the 2012-13 college season. It also capped off a landmark week. The networks went on the air for the first time Wednesday night then produced their first live event Friday.
"Only 849 more to go," Pac-12 Networks General Manager Lydia Murphy-Stephans said.
The historic night made for an electric atmosphere at Stanford's Cagan Stadium. The sold-out crowd included the Stanford football and women's volleyball teams, as well as former Stanford soccer star and 2012 gold medalist Kelley O'Hara.
A logo was painted at midfield that read "First Live Event Broadcast." Fans waved towels with the same logo and Pac-12 employees wore similar T-shirts.
"When I saw (the logo on the field), I became more nervous, but in a good way," said Stanford forward Natalie Griffen, who scored two goals. "There was a definite upping the ante when you think of it being on TV and it was the first game they were showing. It was definitely something that we talked about."
Murphy-Stephans was thrilled with the broadcast. She said she was more nervous for Wednesday's launch because that was original programming rather than filming an event that would take place whether it is on TV or not. Still, she thought the broadcast went even better than expected.
"I expected to leave her tonight with a lot of notes for the next telecast," Murphy-Stephans said. "Instead, my notes are everyone who is working for us for our next live event should look to this telecast to see what we did."