Behind-the-scenes preview of athletics

Erin Madden


The buzzer has sounded on the last NCAA competition taking place inside Franciscan University Finnegan Fieldhouse for the 2014-2015 school year.

Each of us probably has fond memories of a game or two that we particularly enjoyed this season. Mine is a tie between volleyball’s five set come back against Penn St.-Behrend or Lady Barons basketball’s late upset of Pitt.-Greensburg.

What you probably don’t know is all the hard work that goes into putting one of those events together.

Since I also work in the athletic department, I am a part of that behind-the-scenes action, and I want to give you guys a little bit of a “backstage tour” now that indoor sports have concluded.

Let’s think in terms of the crows’ nest first since that is where I spend a majority of my time during any given game. In the crows’ nest, you have a sound technician who is responsible for any and all music during the game and the sound levels of the microphones.

Next you have the videographer who is responsible for filming the game, both for the teams’ purposes and for the live broadcast found on the athletics website.

Working hand-in-hand with the videographer are the two broadcasters, who give a play-by-play of the game for the faithful fans watching the live stream online. They have their own personal statistician up in the crows’ nest to have the most accurate broadcast possible.

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