A Day in the Life
Sports Information Director Ryan Perrault
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 09:02
With mental preparation, last-second game plan alterations, warm-ups and most importantly a basketball game, game days are hectic for coaches and players.
However, many do not even consider the behind-the-scenes work that makes any Bison basketball game possible all done by the hosts of the Bison Sports Arena: Ryan Perreault and his sports information team.
“A lot of our work starts early in the week,” said Perreault, NDSU’s Sports Information Director. “With games typically on Thursdays and Saturdays, we get the game notes ready on GoBison.com for media and the public on Monday.”
In preparation, Perreault’s team prints out game notes, stats, standings and any other information pertinent to the game for the on-site media at the game.
“On a typical game day we set up the press tables courtside two to three hours before a game,” Perreault said. “We want to ensure that radio announcers and newspaper writers, who are just showing up, have a clean place with power and Internet connectivity.”
Although media is not the only focus for Perreault’s team in their preparation for a game, as they make sure an official scorer and scoreboard operator are in place and ready.
“In our particular case here at NDSU, we are also closely associated with a pool of students who are in charge of the video production and web-streaming content of the game,” Perreault said.
Opposing radio announcers and the team start to show up about 90 minutes before a game, so Perreault’s team welcomes them and guides them to where they need to go.
An hour before the game, there is a final check with the scoreboard and the clock to assure both are properly functioning and that the game is going to start on time according to the time left for warm-ups.
Thirty to fifteen minutes before tip-off, starting line-ups are turned in and then relayed by Perreault’s team to the radio and television announcers, so they can be up-to-date with their graphics and information.
The final pregame preparations include inputting all players and the starting line-ups into the statistics program that is displayed on the two scoreboards in the BSA.
“During the game, we are in charge of Twitter updates, overlooking and delivering the stats and answering any questions the media has with records or trends,” Perreault said. “We essentially work as the historians and record-keepers for all of our teams.”
Once the game is done, Perreault’s team works with the stats crew to send out the final stats to the both teams, on-site media, the Summit League, all of the different wire services, such as ESPN and the Sports Network and finally the NCAA.
Then, all attention turns to the postgame press conference and the radio’s postgame show, as players and coaches are shuffled back and forth by Perreault and crew between the locker rooms, radio table and conference room.
“Mixed in with all of that is the story of the game that we write for our own website, GoBison.com, and that about wraps up our night,” Perreault said.
About an hour after the game, Sports Information Director Ryan Perreault and his team are heading home satisfied with their work and hosting of another Bison basketball game at the BSA.