Broadcasting The ACC Tourney Requires Small Army

7:30 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- About 22,000 people can fit inside the Greensboro Coliseum to see the country's best basketball during the ACC Tournament. Hundreds of thousands more watch on TV at home.

With that in mind, WFMY News 2 got a behind-the-scenes look at how Raycom Sports puts on its ACC Network broadcasts.

To bring the tournament to life, Raycom has about 60 people on its broadcast crew and each one of them plays an important role.

"It's intense," executive producer Rob Reichley said. "It's as intense sometimes in the [production] truck as it is on the court. But that's what makes it all fun."

With the wave of his hand, Reichley calls the shots when Raycom Sports is on the air. And while you see five faces on TV during the network's coverage, there are 10 times as many people who you never notice.

"I'm still amazed by the crew," Mike Hogewood, who hosts the network's coverage, said. "I've been doing this for a long time. I'm amazed at how good people are at their jobs and how everybody works together as a team -- just like the team on the court."

Between Hogewood's seat overlooking the court and your TV, there's a stage crew, miles of cable and more than a dozen people crammed into that production truck.

On the sidelines, you see and hear Mike Gminski, Tim Brant and Debbie Antonelli, who always seem to know the right things to say. Hours of research and having a stats guy nearby make that happen.

"It's a lot of work -- a lot of preparation," Gminski said. "The prep work is an exercise you have to go through, but I enjoy every second of it."

There's a lot to enjoy -- and stress about -- on a production this big. But Reichley says the team has one job to do.

"Bottom line," Reichley said, "as my 86-year-old dad says, we gotta show the game."

WFMY News 2

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