- Aug 19, 2009
I'l let you know this evening!
Well now I feel like the biggest jerkface. Did not record on my DVR. I don't see a replay scheduled eitherPlease do let me know if my commentary was used on NHLN, if you would - I've been dying to know whether they use their own announcer(s)or take my world feed!
And just as well, given that tip-off was 7:00 p.m. and my last match ended around 7:30. (I am going to reference the Bosnia-Greece game tomorrow, though, given that I'm calling a Sakkari match...)(I'm not doing the basketball tomorrow night as well - the original commentator for whom I might have subbed is available after all - which is great, as there's no way I could have coped with doing any more research tonight!)
...and then listening to that recording to make sure it's workable, and then doing that again and again and again (and making mistakes and having to redo some of the same clips multiple times), I feel like I sound really sing-songy. I don't think the work I'm doing is bad as such, and if I were able to step back and hear how just one of these intros sounds at the start of a match in the game, I'd probably feel much better about it all. But this process hasn't really encouraged me as a commentator, even if I have learned a few things like trying to keep my head absolutely still relative to my lip microphone and thereby keep the volume levels consistent - and even if my ultimate payoff for all of this work will be significant."Hi there, tennis fans and welcome to a really special week on the Tennis Elbow Tour. I'm Darren Kilfara, and today we are at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina - it's America's biggest clay court tennis tournament, and more Round 1 action is up next."
Gods do not answer letters... but they sometimes send them.In other news, I got a lengthy email from the IOC (in the context of my forthcoming work for the Olympic Broadcasting Service) about the coronavirus - it was very bullish, and certainly doesn't suggest I'll be doing anything but going to Tokyo as scheduled in July.
...it turns out that my hotel wasn't flexible, and I lost £100 or so on that booking, but London North Eastern Railway was, and so I got my £99.50 train tickets refunded in full. Which is better than I expected, to be honest.I made non-refundable hotel and train bookings in conjunction with my commentary trip to London for Saturday and Sunday. Time to see how flexible a major hotel chain and one of Britain's biggest train companies are willing to be in the context of a pandemic scare!
I still think that those pressures will catch up with us sooner rather than later. But for the moment...If you guys don't have some sort of "Last Sports On Earth!" theme going on, with heavy-metal style graphics, then I don't know what DAZN producers are doing. Luckily, they're run by Cavalier ESPN Guy and owned by a Russian billionaire, so you're about as insulated from the pressures of normal society as you could possibly be right now.
And chance NHLN or NBCSN or ESPN or someone else will televise these to the US market?As I just posted over in the main Coronavirus news thread in V&N, amazingly, the KHL playoffs are as of now moving forward as scheduled on Tuesday. So last night I emailed Producer Phil at DAZN, with whom I worked on the NFL games I studio-hosted in 2018 and who is now responsible - among other things - for DAZN Canada's KHL coverage. I'd contacted him when I was in Leeds at the end of the KHL regular season and hadn't heard back from him, and I hadn't really expected to either...but I guessed that maybe DAZN had a big programming gap to fill and/or a potentially captive hockey audience in Canada with nothing else to watch for the next few weeks and pitched my services accordingly. And what do you know: I am needed, at least for the moment! I've been given the following list of Conference Semifinal games to potentially call:
This is pretty much a dream scenario for me, with up to 14 games to call - and high-intensity playoff games at that - but only six teams for whom I need to prepare. So I now find myself in the wholly weird position of actually rooting for Vladimir Putin to be so megalomaniacal as to insist that the show goes on in Russia when it's not going on almost literally anywhere else in the sporting world. Heck, even if the games don't go ahead, it'll be nice to have something to do between now and Tuesday - i.e., research and prepare for the games involving these six clubs - other than fret about COVID-19 itself.
- 17 March: Game 1, Barys Nur Sultan vs. Sibir Novosibirsk
- 18 March: Game 1, CSKA Moscow vs. Dynamo Moscow
- 19 March: Game 2, Barys vs. Sibir
- 20 March: Game 2, CSKA vs. Dynamo
- 21 March: Game 3, Sibir vs. Barys
- 22 March: Game 3, Salavat Yulaev Ufa vs. Ak Bars Kazan
- 23 March: Game 4, Sibir vs. Barys
- 24 March: Game 4, Ufa vs. Kazan
- 25 March: Game 5, Barys vs. Sibir (if necessary)
- 26 March: Game 5, CSKA vs. Dynamo (if necessary)
- 27 March: Game 6, Sibir vs. Barys (if necessary)
- 28 March: Game 6, Ufa vs. Kazan (if necessary)
- 29 March: Game 7, Barys vs. Sibir (if necessary)
- 30 March: Game 7, Kazan vs. Ufa (if necessary)
It may work out for me to call these games from home as well, rather than driving down to Leeds as I've done in the past. Given that my work-from-home technology wasn't working perfectly when I was calling basketball games from home, I'm nervous about the picture quality of an ice hockey satellite feed as transmitted from Russia via the Netherlands - if the picture is blurry or pixellated enough to where I can't immediately track player numbers or perfectly follow the puck, that would be very bad. So I've offered Producer Phil three options: 1) I come to Leeds and do all of the games from the studio, as I've done in the past; 2) I get a flypack couriered up to me, and we do the first game on Tuesday and see how it goes, with Leeds as a fallback option thereafter; or 3) same as option 2, except we do a test transmission on Monday first and see how that works. (I'm waiting to hear back.)
Absolutely no idea...I'd have thought it must be possible, although whether they can even pull together a temporary rights deal in the current climate seems dubious to me. (Probably not with my commentary, FWIW - I assume they'd use their own people.)And chance NHLN or NBCSN or ESPN or someone else will televise these to the US market?
Not to burst your bubble, but the two major football competitions in Australia (Australian Rules football's AFL and rugby league's NRL) are continuing at this stage, with all games on TV. The AFL, the fourth highest attended domestic sporting competition in the world, will begin its season this Thursday night in empty stadiums. I was due to fly to Melbourne from Portugal on Tuesday to attend the first two games, but I obviously can't attend anymore and will have to cancel the whole trip. The earlier-starting women's competition, AFLW, played its last game in front of spectators last night and is playing in empty stadiums starting from today. The NRL began its season this weekend and is still playing in front of crowds today and tomorrow but will play in empty stadiums from the start of the second round on Thursday once the ban on mass gatherings in Australia comes into place on Monday.Anyway, it's dawning upon me that I might be one of the only sports commentators in the world working over the next few weeks.
You didn't even include the ODI cricket series between Australia and New Zealand, which is continuing behind closed doors as of now. And here in the UK, today there's still live snooker, rugby league and badminton available to watch (possibly among other things - horse racing?). But still, I think my point stands - the vast majority of sport on television is over for a while, and as of now I'm extraordinarily lucky to have grabbed one of the very few lifeboats remaining.Not to burst your bubble, but the two major football competitions in Australia (Australian Rules football's AFL and rugby league's NRL) are continuing at this stage, with all games on TV. The AFL, the fourth highest attended domestic sporting competition in the world, will begin its season this Thursday night in empty stadiums. I was due to fly to Melbourne from Portugal on Tuesday to attend the first two games, but I obviously can't attend anymore and will have to cancel the whole trip. The earlier-starting women's competition, AFLW, played its last game in front of spectators last night and is playing in empty stadiums starting from today. The NRL began its season this weekend and is still playing in front of crowds today and tomorrow but will play in empty stadiums from the start of the second round on Thursday once the ban on mass gatherings in Australia comes into place on Monday.
Duly noted!Called off due to NZ's new travel restrictions.
I am actually about 50-50 on whether the league will continue with the playoffs. For now, of course, it is still officially "on," and Sibir and Salavat Yulaev are even intending to play in front of fans. But there have been rumours of a shutdown, and since they don't start until the 17th, the gives the league time to take a long hard look at things. I will not be surprised at all if they either postpone the playoffs or cancel them outright. There has been some unhappiness over playing without spectators, and Dynamo's Andrei Mironov recently accused the authorities of basically not paying attention to the public health risks. I won't be terribly surprised if the second round starts on schedule (the VHL and MHL are still playing, too), but I won't be surprised if there is a different announcement in the coming days either.
That's taken directly from the KHL's Russian-language website. Apparently the Sports Ministry's declaration specifically didn't apply to the KHL - the translation I got was perhaps slightly errant - so it's still possible there might be hockey a week from now. Which is still transparently insane, and every delay makes an indefinite delay or cancellation more likely. Still...yikes.“The Kontinental Hockey League decided to suspend the Gagarin Cup for a period of one week to organize and coordinate with the government authorities a new format for the second stage of the championship with six Russian clubs.
The start date, dates and a detailed format of the draw will be determined in the near future and published on the League’s official resources.
Information on the Youth Hockey League championship will be announced later," the league’s website said.
Not a chance, FWIW. (Unless someone were to pay me for it!) I've got my tennis videogame voiceover work to do during any extended break I might have, assuming of course that I can social distance myself far enough from my kids and possibly my wife - with school being cancelled and my wife probably working from home for an extended period - not to annoy the heck out of everyone with my voice.Side question, you could probably do something like that on twitch if you wanted to stay "in shape" would that be something you would consider?
I can't speak to the soccer part, but I do know that the Belarus ice hockey playoffs are still continuing - Neman Grodno defeated Soligorsk in OT yesterday to tie up their semifinal series at 2-2 and retake home ice advantage. (Yunost Minsk leads the other series 3-1, with the playoff finals winner getting Belarus' solitary place in the Champions Hockey League next season.)According to the gambling guys on Toucher and Rich, there is soccer in Belarus and in South America