Thursday, August 30, 2007
AggieVision Expanding NMSU Exposure
By Randy Harrison
Journal Staff Writer
LAS CRUCES New Mexico State has a new vision for its athletics programs and the accompanying revolution will be televised.
Tonight marks the launch of AggieVision, an ambitious initiative to produce at least 43 live athletic events for Comcast Entertainment and other partners to distribute.
Primarily, the University's mobile production unit, which will include a mix of professionals, NMSU students and occasional outside help, will put on the telecasts.
Tonight's football season opener against Southeastern Louisiana will be shown live by Comcast in Albuquerque (Ch. 53), Santa Fe (21) and Gallup (66), and by Time Warner in El Paso. In Las Cruces (Ch. 4), the game will be tape-delayed at 10 p.m.
Jeff Siembieda and Danny Knee will provide the call.
To come are six more football games, five volleyball matches, then basketball, baseball and softball.
"The vast number of live productions and how it's been supported by the university and not athletics is a little different model," said Steve Macy, NMSU associate athletic director. "We were underexposed, and we want to be sure that doesn't happen again. This exposure will match the interest level in New Mexico and around the region."
About 22 will be on tonight's production crew. The video feeds will also go to the new Jumbotron located above the north end zone of Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Macy said because NMSU owns the "vast majority" of commercial slots, the productions will generate revenue "long term, though we had some equipment costs that we won't be able to pay for entirely in year one."
Next up is Tuesday's New Mexico-New Mexico State volleyball match from the Pan Am with Kyle Doperalski and former Aggie Jackie Choi providing play-by-play.
Later, Altitude Sports in Denver and Fox Sports-Arizona will pick up assorted events, live and on tape.
"Not only will AggieVision bring our events to more of our fans and alumni, but it will help our coaches in recruiting and increase the value of our brand to (corporate partners)," said NMSU athletic director McKinley Boston