Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Keep on Truckin'

Some of you know that I have a relationship with a company that provides mobile television services, mostly for sporting events. Their clients include all of the broadcast networks and several of the cable channels. Through them, I've had the chance to get to meet the company that does the broadcasts for the Cubs, Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks. I found out today that Carlos Zambrano's no-hitter was nearly not broadcast.

The company that broadcasts the games has three trucks that can handle a high definition broadcast. On Sunday, one was at US Cellular Park doing the White Sox game. One was heading to Yankee Stadium to do the Sox-Yankees series that started yesterday. And the third truck? In Houston.

The company scrambled and found a standard definition truck to do the game. You may have noticed Len Kasper commenting that the game was without may of their regular "bells and whistles."

They nearly had no bells or whistles at all. The game would have been blacked out with the only record of it in the memories of the fans in attendance and on a few camcorders and cell phones.

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