FSN Bay Area back in NBA playoffs after 13 year absence
By Andrew Lippe
This weekend fans will pack the Oracle Arena in Oakland California for Games 3 and 4 of the first round playoff series between the top seeded Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors. And FSN Bay Area will have its first taste of playoff basketball in 13 years when they broadcast Sunday’s Game 4 in HD.
FSN will broadcast Game 4 using their regular season truck NMT’s HD 10.
They will also be using two robotic HD cameras from Fletcher. Other
gear includes six Grass Valley LDK 6000 WorldCams, two Grass Valley LDK 6000
Super Expanders and four Canon 22X1 cameras. The telecasts will be in
1080i. “During the regular season we did 31 out of 70 games in HD,”
says Washington. The game will be monitored using Sony’s 80 input MVS
8000 Multiformat HD Video Switcher and a Grass Valley router.
“Our feelings mirrors the players, we are living in a distant reality,” said Joe Washington, FSN Bay Area coordinating producer. The eighth-seeded Warriors have been embraced by the fans as they have drawn very well in attendance this season. When the Warriors went on their late season run the interest in the team skyrocketed. “The potential is so high,” says Washington. “Season ticket holders have risen from 8,000 to 12,000.”
A crew of 33 will be in attendance for Sunday’s mammoth game. They will have some compromises as they are sharing space with the Dallas Mavericks and TNT who will also broadcast Game 4. “We will be one camera shorter than usual,” said Washington.
FSN Bay Area also covers the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, and the San Jose Sharks and has been promoting their game in ads during those team’s telecasts all week. Game 4 will be a memorable day in FSN and Warriors history. “Most of our crew has been here for the past 13 years and for them this is so surreal.” Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett will call Sunday’s contest at 7 p.m. PST.