MLS Media Microscope: MLS Cup TV coverage to include helicopters and mic’d up coaches Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 02:19 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Today Sports MLS Toronto v Seattle Sounders Toronto Seattle Sounders Seattle and Toronto FC will meet in a cup final rematch, and U.S. and Canada networks hope to produce a broadcast worthy of a high-profile event Championship games present an interesting challenge for the networks covering them. In a season where they’ve broadcasted dozens of matches, how do they make this one seem different than all the others? How do they make it not just a game, but an event?That is the challenge awaiting ESPN for Saturday’s MLS Cup between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto.The circumstances behind the game will certainly aid ESPN in this task. Some of the league’s most high-profile players will be on display, as will a team looking to cement its status as the greatest MLS has ever seen. And it will all take place in a stadium worthy of a showpiece final. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We want to step up to what the game deserves,” ESPN lead soccer producer Amy Rosenfeld told Goal. “We want to be able to present the match to the level of, ‘We are in a championship.’”Watch MLS live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)ESPN plans to accomplish this by utilizing a combination of its own network’s resources, as well as those of other broadcasters.Coverage will begin with a live, on-site broadcast of the network’s signature soccer show on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, hosted by Sebastian Salazar. That will lead into Saturday’s broadcast, which begins with a 30-minute pre-game show on ESPN at 4 p.m. ET followed by the match. Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman will be on the call, with Julie Stewart-Binks providing sideline analysis.During the match, both head coaches will be mic’d up and ESPN will continue to utilize the goalpost cam and sky cam shots it has been featuring this season. It will also continue using a new camera angle it only recently debuted during this year’s playoffs.The network put a small camera atop a long pole directly behind the goal, providing viewers with an aerial view of the 18-yard box. It’s an angle they’ve only featured in two games so far, one in the Eastern Conference final and one in the Western Conference final.“I’m a longtime hockey producer and I always loved the goal overheads and we’re in a way trying to find a way to replicate that,” Rosenfeld said.“You’re not relying on camera positioning – if something is going to happen in the box, we know that we have it framed properly.”In addition to their own resources, ESPN will draw on other networks to help enhance its broadcast.TSN will be carrying the match in Canada, and will have a helicopter on site to provide aerial views. The Canadian network will share this camera feed with ESPN.ESPN will also draw upon some of the camera angles Fox utilized last season when it broadcast MLS Cup in the same venue.“As much as people would like to think that we’re at each other’s throats and we don’t like each other … we’re all friends with each other and we all share ideas,” Rosenfeld said. “If someone has a good idea, we don’t feel like you have to reinvent it in your own vision.”“The facility [BMO Field] is terrific. There are some angles, placements of handheld [cameras], etc. that Fox executed that looked cool. They had a great production and so yeah, if you’re in the same building, why reinvent?”It’s not just the technical aspects that make up a great broadcast though, but also the storylines that keep a viewer engaged. In this department, besides the obvious angle of a MLS Cup final rematch, Rosenfeld said ESPN will use the event to take a broader look at the state of American soccer.“It’s impossible to have a major soccer event in this country and not reflect on the situation with the U.S. men’s national team,” Rosenfeld said.“A sub-story to this is, some of the characters that have been involved with the U.S. men’s national team and frankly, an eye toward the future.“So I think that watching people like [Michael] Bradley, [Jozy] Altidore, [Clint] Dempsey, but then also, who’s in the future mix? That I know will be important in terms of our coverage.”With established U.S. stars like the aforementioned trio and Jordan Morris, as well as potential future national team mainstays like Cristian Roldan, Alex Bono and Marky Delgado, ESPN should have no shortage of material to work with if they are to take an overall stock of American soccer.Between the technical and editorial elements, ESPN hopes to produce a broadcast that meets the challenge of making a game feel like more than just a game.“It’s going to be a big-feel, big-time event,” Rosenfeld said.
zoom The ongoing shortage of bulkers intended for scrapping resulting from the market recovery is expected to starve an overheated Pakistani market for tonnage, especially on the back of the country’s tanker ban still in place, according to GMS, one of the world’s largest buyers of ships for recycling.The Gadani recyclers have missed out on the large LDT tanker and VLCC units sold over the recent past.Hence, the year started with some risky tactics from speculative buyers aiming to drive pick up in rates with crazy fixtures.“After a brief period of uncertainty and diminishing sales, an extraordinary and frankly unbelievable Capesize bulker fixture captured the attention of the industry this week and shifted the focus of industry players back on Pakistan once again,” GMS said.As informed, one cash buyer paid uncharacteristically above the market about USD 45/LDT, with the expectation that closer to physical delivery, local prices may rise enough to make this a sensible deal.However, GMS believes that this will result in a loss-making deal for the said cash buyer.“This is undoubtedly an extremely risky tactic to employ as the fixing price is about USD 50/LDT away from where Gadani levels currently stand for dry units. When markets are positive, speculative offerings in excess of USD 10 – 20/LDT are commonplace. However, this price is definitely not reflective of current rates and could eventually come back to haunt the relevant shipowner/cash buyer,” GMS said.Despite the fact that the majority of LDT tankers are being taken by Bangladeshi yards, the country’s scrapyards have lost a few VLCCs to a rampant India and Chittagong.As highlighted by the cash buyer, buyers really need to step up their game if they are to secure more of their favored vessels in the coming weeks, since there seems to be little to no chance of securing dry tonnage and Capes/Panamax containers, seeing how Pakistan remains in exceptional form.“As such, it was unsurprising to see a blank sales board for another week. Luckily for local recyclers, there are a number of vessels from previous sales from the months gone by that are still taking up space on local yards as cutting has been comparatively slower this year,” GMS added. read more
EDMONTON – Alberta is suspending portions of its draft plan to protect threatened woodland caribou, saying more research needs to be done and that Ottawa needs to help out.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips told the house Monday the province is acting on concerns about the economic impacts of the protection plan.“The federal Species at Risk Act is an extremely inflexible instrument that has already had negative economic consequences (in Alberta),” said Phillips. “We are going to do our best to make sure that we protect jobs on this.”She said she has sent that message in a letter to her federal counterpart, Catherine McKenna.Phillips is urging the federal government to help Alberta come up with a workable solution rather than have Ottawa impose an environmental protection order.A statement issued by McKenna’s office late Monday said Ottawa is determined to support the protection and recovery of caribou.“Our government is committed to protecting and conserving species at risk by putting in place conservation measures based on science, collaboration and robust recovery strategies,” the email stated. “Boreal caribou is an iconic species and a key indicator of a healthy boreal forest.”The statement added that Ottawa will continue to work with Alberta and others to ensure the conservation of the iconic species.Alberta’s draft plan is in response to an October federal deadline under the Species at Risk Act, and is designed to help threatened woodland caribou recover in 15 different ranges.The province released its draft plan on Dec. 19 and then held a series of town hall meetings.“The public meetings were attended by thousands of Albertans who are concerned about the impact caribou range plans will have on their communities and on the industries that support those communities,” stated Phillips’ letter, which was co-signed by Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd.The federal government has the option of imposing an environmental protection order if a province doesn’t come up with a plan to protect the caribou. The order would halt any development, such as oil drilling, that could harm the animals.The province plans to spend more than $85 million in the next five years to restore caribou habitat by eliminating seismic lines, building birthing pens and bringing in other measures.It has already invested $9.2 million and the estimated cost over the next 40 years is $1 billion.Phillips said the feds need to step up on planning and consultation, and on the money side as well.“Caribou recovery cannot occur without an infusion of federal funds to restore habitat necessary to ensure population growth,” she wrote.“While we need more time and partnership from the federal government on this matter, we also need your support in not prematurely implementing federal protection orders that will not have effective outcomes for Canadians and Albertans.” read more