A Perfect 10
This really is what the Pac-12 Networks is all about.
One of the missions of the network is to provide thorough coverage of the conference's schools and teams, especially in sports that up until now haven't traditionally been given much media exposure.
Well, today on the Pac-12 Networks, exposure they will be.
The networks are producing a staggering 10 live event broadcasts today, across four sports and eight of the conference's campuses. There will be four women's soccer games, four women's volleyball matches, the Pac-12 men's soccer conference opener between UCLA and Stanford, and it all gets started with field hockey at noon betwewen Cal and Stanford.
Let's hope Pac-12 Networks director of remote operations Larry Lafave got a good night's sleep last night.
"This is no small undertaking to organize," Lafave said. "Nobody really has ever done anything like this before to this extent. It's very exciting to be a part of.
Since the networks launched in mid-August, there have been plenty of days that multiple games have aired at different campuses in different sports. But it's the extent of what the networks are pulling off today that makes it somewhat of a milestone.
"We've been calling this weekend 'The Rapture'. We knew we were in trouble all along," Lafave said with a laugh.
Lafave said the biggest challenge of producing 10 separate telecasts on the same day is the accumulation of all the little things that prop up on a single broadcast. Multiply that by 10 and the production crews have their hands full.
"The hard part is dealing with so many moving pieces," Lafave said. "Sometimes, you end up fielding a lot of silly phone calls. With three or four events, you can handle that in your sleep. But with 10, you might not get anything else done."
For the complete rundown on today's schedule, click here.
"It's a very, very aggressive schedule," Lafave said. "It's an extremely big uphill climb. I'm proud of what the Pac-12 Networks have doen. It's been a real rewarding experience."