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SVG’s RSN Summit returned in person to reunite the regional sports industry on June 29-30, 2022 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. This annual event provided a gathering place for RSN leaders and content creators to network and exchange ideas about the pertinent issues facing the regional sports sector as the business undergoes seismic change on multiple fronts.
Today, regional sports networks are being challenged to produce more events and content at lower costs while also navigating new pandemic-era realities and building beyond the linear-distribution model. Attendees were joined by key production, technology, and business leaders in the industry to hear how they are confronting these challenges and opportunities head on.
The 2022 SVG RSN Summit saw a return to an in-person format for the first time in three years. Program Productions’ CEO Scott West welcomed attendees to the event in Chicago.
Scott West, Program Productions, CEO
New Production Models for a New Normal: Cloud Control, GCV Anywhere, RAPs, and the Future of Remote Production
The pandemic dramatically transformed regional sports networks’ live-production operations over the past two-plus years. To limit crew travel for safety and cost-saving reasons, RSNs have increasingly relied on enhanced world feeds and new REMI production workflows that leverage their broadcast f...
At-Home and in the Studio: From Announcers to Editors, How RSNs Are Embracing Remote Workflows
In the midst of the pandemic, RSNs were forced to shift production almost entirely to remote operation — from announcers calling games off monitors to editors creating content from their homes. Although staffers have gradually returned to onsite broadcast, many RSNs have opted to keep some crew a...
The State of Labor: How RSNs Are Managing a Shrinking Workforce and What’s Ahead for the Freelance Market
During the pandemic, the industry — on both the national and the regional level — saw an exodus of sports-production professionals when many industry veterans opted to retire or find new career paths. As a result, RSNs find themselves searching desperately for talented engineers and production cr...
DTC and Authenticated Streaming: Delivering Live Games to Local Fans on Every Screen
As consumer viewing habits evolve and carriage disputes become more frequent, RSNs are looking for new ways to deliver live games and original content directly to consumers. Some have launched their own DTC streaming platforms — or have announced plans to do so —in order to reach fans directly wh...
The ‘BetCast’ and Beyond: Inside RSNs Plans for Betting and Gamification
As RSNs look to capitalize on the expected revenue boost offered by legalized sports betting in their respective states, several have launched “BetCast” alternative presentations of games, wagering-focused studio shows and original programming, predictive-gaming contests for fans, and more. RSN l...
A Perfect Game – NESN Leads the Way for RSN Broadcasts in 4K/HDR: An Imagine Communications Case Study
Join Bob Bolson, Director Solutions Architecture at Imagine Communications, as he talks with Kenny Elcock, VP Engineering at NESN, on planning and implementing the innovative technology behind the RSN’s successful broadcasts in native 4K/HDR.
Kenny Elcock, NESN, VP of Engineering
Enhanced Storytelling Through Automated Statistics: A Sportradar Case Study
In this presentation, receive a peek inside how Marquee Sports Network leverages real-time data and automation to power customized graphics on Chicago Cubs game broadcasts.
Nick Helling, Graphics and EVS Operator
Patrick Murphy, Sportradar, Director of Broadcast Sales
RSN Production Tech Roundup: Facilities Providers and Tech Vendors Sound Off
Although the pandemic has forced RSNs to focus on efficiency and flexibility, they are still on the look-out for production tools that can offer that “wow” factor within a broadcast. From high-speed and shallow–depth-of-field cameras to augmented reality and virtual graphics to next-gen viewer-en...