Not many answers but some surmising....
Ok Question for the international sports experts out there.
Right now, it's 'Spring Training' (pre-season friendlies) season for the MLB (Major League Baseball) which takes place in Texas and Florida.
Texas? Arizona. < /coogan >
Watching one of the games this morning on BTS/ESPN, set me thinking. Given there are a multiple teams, and each team has their own 'aligned' tv station/network showing away game coverage, each have their usual home graphics/score box (i.e NESN branded graphics for Boston Red Sox, Fox Sports Brewers graphics for Milwaukee ect ).
With the amount of teams playing games, its obviously not cost effective to drive several different OB Scanners, and graphics units down south, and rig up for each game. So how is this done?
Is it the case that a locally based OB provider, supply a 'clean' feed of the game from whichever stadium, that signal (with comms) are then sent back to where each teams channel is based, where the graphics are added in locally?
Or would the graphics be provided via a score datastream, and then the house style channel skin is added on site?
Not all ST games are shown on TV mind. Some barely make it onto radio. The SF Giants ,my team, are a notable example of this. Also some teams share stadiums with others. I imagine some networks - particularly in-house / team-owned ones like NESN, MASN, YES and SportsnetLA - decamp entirely with the team - after all if you're moving everything else....
And bonus question - as MLB administer the international rights, here in the UK, everything we see is sent from the stadium, then to the teams own channel, then to MLB master control in New York, then by fibre to BT Sport at Here East. Or, a route slightly more direct?
As we routinely see bottom-thirds, tickers etc that are *not* seen for example on the MLB.TV feed of the same game, I would imagine it's a straight dirty simulcast of the channel's output.