“The Universal Open Rocket League is a terrific example of the power of the NBC Sports Group working as one team,” says Jon Slobotkin, SVP, content and live programming, NBC Sports Regional Networks. “NBC Sports regional networks, long a model of executing successful productions in a sufficient manner, bring the same level of effort and dedication to the UORL as they do MLB, NBA, and NHL productions during the year. The NBC regional group is a tightly knit team that constantly communicates on many company initiatives. They fit seamlessly within the NBC Sports Group as there are regular production synergies throughout the year between the [RSNs] and the national group.”
Twitch live-streamed nearly 100 hours of the Universal Open Rocket League tournament, and the new Universal Open YouTube Channel on YouTube Gaming served as home to VOD content. In addition, NBCSN and the regional networks aired several “Road to www.lolga.com the Universal Open” highlight shows throughout the Regional Finals, the 60-minute Grand Finals preview, and post-event highlights programs.After open qualifying rounds across North America and Europe throughout the summer, Regional Finals took place onsite at four RSN studios around the U.S.: NBC Sports Washington (East Regional, July 28), SNY (Northeast Regional, July 29), NBC Sports Chicago (Central Regional, Aug. 5), and NBC Sports Bay Area (West Regional, Aug. 11).
These productions were produced locally but managed centrally to achieve consistency of look and format. Coordinating Producers Kevin Anderson, Mark Jordan, J.R. Aguila, and Rich Wolff oversaw the process for each show in conjunction with dedicated teams at each RSN.“For the regional productions, Buy Rocket League Items the headquarters in Stamford provides guidance with show format, creative elements, editorial direction, research, and a coordinated sales effort,” says Slobotkin. “The regionals take these directives and bring the shows to life.