What it Takes to Produce a Grid Match – Behind the Grid Episode 11

September 04, 2015

There’s a ton of stuff that goes on behind the scenes to produce the live coverage of the NPGL Grid matches, and if you’ve ever wondered what that looks like then this is your lucky day…

Click here to see previous episodes of Behind The Grid.


Have you ever been inside the production truck for a sports event that is broadcast on TV? Know how many cameramen it takes to produce all the video you see from a GRID match — both for network television and for GRID TV?

Curious about the preparation and coordination between referees and coaches before competition?

This episode of Behind the GRID offers a glimpse into the amount of time, energy and preparation needed to create a successful televised broadcast of an NPGL match. See how communication and teamwork from the people behind the scenes is essential for a well-oiled broadcast machine.

First, follow NPGL Commissioner Aaron Bailey as he discusses technicalities with head referee John Mustafa, goes over substitution rules with head coaches and addresses audio levels with broadcast director Mike Roth.

Next, meet some of the features videographers and hear their strategy for staying out of each other’s shot during the match, and also meet one of the voices heard on the GRID, emcee Travis Bagent.

Finally, get an inside look into the production truck during match time, when the pressure is on to capture all of the action for the fans watching at home.

Special appearances by head referee John Mustafa, commissioner Aaron Bailey, director Mike Roth, videographers Shaughn Tillman, Matt Hofman and Aaron Kelly, emcee Travis Bagent, senior feature producer Kathy Elder, drone camera operators Duane Hanakeawe and Daniel Carettoni, and color commentator Chris Doering.

Go to GRID TV (http://gridtv.npgl.com) and check out Episode 11 of Behind The GRID, a look at the lives, personalities and preparations of the NPGL. This is the eleventh in a weekly series coming to you during the 2015 NPGL season.

You can watch all previous and future episodes on GRID TV here: http://video.npgl.com

Learn more about GRID, the teams and the athletes at NPGL.com.

About GRID
GRID is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements. Each two-hour match features two 14-person teams (7 women, 7 men, one of each being over 40 years old) going head-to-head in 11 races. GRID has eight NPGL teams: Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem. Visit NPGL.com for more information, and follow Grid — NPGL on Facebook, @TheGridLeague on Twitter and @GridLeague on Instagram.



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