The start of the season is always a time of confliction for me. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to the first game as much as anybody. To me, broadcasting is like caffeine. I get a real high from it, so I guess I chose the right profession. But the week of the first broadcast is also a very busy week full of long nights (or short nights depending on how you look at it) and days full of multitasking. And this season having the first game on Thursday shortened everything by 24 hours!
You need to make sure that all of the electronic equipment is working. (In fact, you have to make sure it hasn’t been “borrowed” since the end of last season!) You need to make sure that all of the elements for the broadcast are ready to go. Game opens and closes, commercials, format sheets all have to be produced, checked and double checked for accuracy.
Then add to all of that the things you have to do on a weekly basis to prepare for a weekend series. You have to familiarize yourself with the opponent, compile statistics for both teams. There’s the phone interview with that week’s opposing coach for The Rick [..]