VITAC Captions Help Kick Off Another Football Season

by: David Titmus

Whether your favorite NFL team is off to a 1-0 start (“undefeated season here we come!”) or your alma mater has been on the losing end of the scoreboard the past two weeks, football season is here.

The kickoff to the college and pro games mean many things — kitchens filled with snacks, weekend afternoons firmly planted on the couch, and some of the busiest days of the year for VITAC captioners.

As a 24/7, 365-day-a-year operation, busy days are nothing new to VITAC captioners, production coordinators, schedulers, and supervisors. This time of year, however, brings a perfect storm of programming and sports scheduling.

Football sitting on a grassy fieldThe NFL kicked off its opening slate of games last weekend while college football rushed into Week 2 of its action. And VITAC was there for all the gridiron excitement, captioning dozens of NCAA and NFL games.

Captioning live sporting events can be a challenge for captioners and production teams as the games often include multiple, fast-talking announcers (who sometimes speak over each other), quick play-by-play calls, unique statistics, and sport-specific terms and jargon.

But just like football teams need great chemistry and teamwork to be successful, our realtime department − captioners, coordinators, supervisors, and schedulers − pull together to produce the highest quality captions, and flawless transition between games with no caption loss.

Our realtime teams have been wearing their games faces for a little while now, compiling team rosters, stats, information, and spelling confirmation lists for the thousands of players and hundreds of teams that will take the field in the weeks and months ahead.

Our schedulers and sports supervisors work to ensure captioners are available for each game, and make sure we have the lists of proper network connections.

And coordinators work to establish and test multiple IP and encoder connections, and monitor start and finish times for all the games to make sure we don’t miss a single snap or minute of pre-game coverage or post-game wrap-up.

So whether college football is your thing or the pro game is your passion, we’ve got you covered, and will be here every Saturday and Sunday (and the occasional Thursday and Monday) to caption all the high-flying offenses, hard-hitting defenses, furious comebacks, and unbelievable upsets.