Producer Spearheads Spring Football Coverage
As a Senior Coordinating Producer for Pac-12 Networks, Kyle Reischling has a lot to consider.
Before joining the Pac-12 Networks when they launched last summer, Kyle Reischling was a coordinating producer for Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket in Southern California, helping oversee the networks’ coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers and Kings, Anaheim Angels and Ducks, as well as USC, UCLA and Southern California prep sports.
Reischling worked in the Southland for 16 years before taking on a new challenge with the Pac-12 Networks, where he oversees the production of football and basketball games. Reischling spearheads the game plan for these live broadcasts, from assembling producers and directors and providing those involved the tools to ensure a quality program.
This is an especially busy time for Reischling as the networks are knee-deep in spring football coverage. The Pac-12 Networks are airing spring games for all 12 teams in the conference, as well as a studio show called the Pac-12 Spring Football Report, hosted by Mike Yam with analysis from Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway, which will air on three consecutive Saturdays beginning April 13.
The networks aired Cal’s spring game on March 23. Five more are coming this Saturday – Colorado at 9:30 a.m. PT, Arizona State at 11 a.m., Arizona and USC at 1 p.m. and Stanford rounding out the day at 3 p.m. Additionally, with the Arizona and USC games both kicking off at 1 p.m. Saturday, these telecasts will be regionalized to their specific audience, on Pac-12 Arizona and Pac-12 Los Angeles, respectively. What that means for the rest of the networks, is a hybrid telecast featuring both games, with the Pac-12 Spring Football Report team guiding viewers through the dual action.
On Saturday, April 20, it will be the Utah spring game at Noon, Washington State at 2 p.m. and Washington at 4 p.m. Oregon State’s spring game will be on a Friday night, April 26 at 7 p.m. Then there will be two final spring games on April 27 – Oregon at 11 a.m. and UCLA at 5 p.m.
Putting together the plan for these broadcasts is particularly challenging for Reischling because they are not conventional games. All schools handle their spring games differently. Some are more of a controlled scrimmage. Some feel more like a real game. But either way, there are a lot of moving parts and it doesn’t follow the usual script of a football broadcast in the fall.
“What is actually happening on the field just varies from game to game,” Reischling said. “Some will look like a normal game, while others don’t necessarily have traditional scoring. So we have to talk to the schools to get an understanding of what will be happening.”
During the regular season, members of the crew doing a game typically have a conference call with coaches and operations personnel from the schools to get on the same page and plan for the broadcast. Reischling said those calls are lasting a half-hour to hour longer just to deal with logistics.
“The goal of these broadcasts is to obviously showcase each program and get fans excited about the upcoming year,” Reischling said. “We want to provide as much access as possible. As a network, we are televising 550 events in our first year. Broadcasting the spring games is a terrific way to cap off a very busy inaugural year of programming.”