Remote Studio or Life Inside a Bubble: How to Broadcast Sports During a Pandemic

“The pictures people see of empty ballparks and people wearing masks beg for explanation,” ESPN’s Matt Vasgersian says

When the Washington Nationals finally throw the first pitch of the 2020 MLB season on Thursday, there will be nobody at Nationals Park to witness the first game of the defending champion’s title defense.

Not even Matt Vasgersian, ESPN’s top baseball broadcaster, will be in attendance, calling the game instead from the network’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters. While sports are often used by many viewers as a distraction from their day-to-day struggles, this year’s set-up makes it impossible to ignore what is happening outside the stadium.

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

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