A few weeks ago, World Soccer Talk had the pleasure of sitting in on a typical Saturday production of the Premier League by NBC at their studios in Stamford, Connecticut. We wanted to go to see what a typical day was like, and to give you — the readers — a better understanding of NBC’s attention to detail.
Kartik Krishnaiyer (senior writer) and Joshua Tomlinson (videographer) joined me on our trip from West Palm Beach and back. After traveling up on a Friday night, we arrived in White Plains and then drove to downtown Stamford, which was quite deserted on a Friday night except for a Taco Bell parking lot that looked like a scene from the movie Fast and Furious.
On the Saturday morning, we were scheduled to arrive at NBC’s studio in town at 9:30am, so we ended up watching the Manchester City against Hull City match in the hotel and then on our mobile devices as we made our way to the studio.
On our approach to the NBC Sports building that housed all of the studios, the first surprise was that the building (a former Clairol factory) was accessible via a residential street. In my mind, I had pictured the building being located in a business district, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how we transported from a typical American street to a sprawling complex that resembled a campus, complete with trees creating a bucolic setting.
Upon entering the NBC Sports building, we waited in the lobby for a few minutes and took in the scenery. The lobby area resembled a concourse to a baseball stadium with signs pointing the way to a “mezzanine.” Around the corner was a large, open working space that was named Central Park. The natural light beamed in to the lobby and working area to create a calming feeling.
After NBC’s Senior Director of Communications Dan Masonson greeted us in the lobby, he took us on a tour of the building before taking us to the screening room, which was to be our base throughout the day. What was refreshing to see was that the entire building that day was focused on NBC’s Premier League coverage. So while the building wasn’t as busy or hectic as it normally would be, practically everyone there that day was focused on NBC’s coverage of the Premier League.