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The Big West

Conference Championships

Live Production    |    Sports Packaging
Client The Big West Conference
Location California & Nevada
Venue Big West Membership Universities
Year 2021-2022

The Problem

The Big West Conference had previously relied on its member institutions to cover their conference championships. However, for the 2021-2022 season, the Big West wanted to increase production value while producing content that would spotlight student-athletes and member institutions. The conference needed support from an outside partner to help support this initiative.

  • Technical execution of 4 live championship events
  • Creative support and production of 5 highlight shows
  • Technical design, engineering, and build-out of all on-site resources
  • Full technical and creative production staffing
  • Custom virtual set design and integration
  • Talent management, booking, and coordination
  • Logistical support and coordination

The Solution

The Big West contracted Broadcast Management Group’s sports packaging division to provide technical execution and creative support for their fall and spring championships. Working closely with the Big West, BMG mapped out a technical and creative strategy for each of their nine championships.

The Outcome

The execution of the Big West Championships required a tremendous amount of planning and coordination. Each event required a fresh approach and careful analysis of the best way to cover the event given the budget and allotted resources. BMG produced 45 hours of live content that gave exposure to the Big West conference and its student-athletes.

Related Projects
  • 9 championship events
  • Live coverage of 16 basketball games over 5 days
  • On-site production at 4 member universities
  • On-site production at 5 third-party venues
  • 45-hours of live content
Project Overview

The Big West engaged our sports packaging division to provide coverage of 9 championship events for the 2021-2022 season, including men’s and women’s cross country, soccer, basketball, golf, volleyball, tennis, and track and field. Championships began in the Fall of 2021 and ran until the late Spring of 2022.

BMG was responsible for providing live coverage of the soccer, basketball, and volleyball championships. The remaining events – cross country, golf, track and field, and tennis – were shot with ENG cameras and packaged as highlight shows. All content aired live on ESPN+.

BMG utilized its REMI workflow model for all live championships, including our broadcast operations center in Las Vegas and REMI mobile units. Our production management team coordinated directly with each school or venue to confirm and finalize all technical requirements and logistics. We also worked closely with the Big West to determine how to cover each event. For example, the tennis, volleyball, and track and field championships consisted of simultaneous events or matches. These overlapping events required careful coordination among the conference and game producer to ensure all events were adequately covered and that BMG gave equal coverage to all member universities and athletes.

Cross country, golf, track and field, and tennis were all produced as highlight shows. BMG captured these championships with 3 to 4 ENG cameras. On-site media managers then handed off footage from each camera to an editor who, working closely with our producers, would edit together recap packages highlighting the key moments and big winners of each event. Once all highlights were complete, BMG

captured a studio show with play-by-play and an analyst who provided commentary and context on the championship. All highlight shows we shot using virtual set technology on a Big West branded set designed by BMG’s in-house creative team.

The Broadcast Management Facilities, and what they’ve got on the Las Vegas Strip, was amazing to walk through.
The things that they’re able to do, the technologies that they’re able to utilize were immaculate. We’re really excited at what they bring and what they’re able to do. It really is a benefit for us.
Dan Butterly  |  Commissioner, Big West Conference
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