ESPN’s Broadcast Network for Australian Open & International Rugby Championships

May 2015 – Jul 2017

I was ESPN’s dedicated project manager for their Australian live sports broadcasts, working with ESPN on the annual Australian Open 2015-2017 & International Rugby Championships 2014. The deliverables were an ultra-low latency, broadcasting private line circuit between Bristol, Connecticut and Melbourne Australia to be completed within 25 days.

As the project leader, I initiated, planned, executed, controlled and monitored the project. Working with Telstra’s Australia team, a tech was dispatched to complete a site survey and a network designer planned the last-mile infrastructure requirements. Dark-fiber backhaul from Melbourne to Sydney was tested and activated, patching at Sydney cable landing station to a subsea fiber cable system connecting to Los Angeles. A dark fiber terrestrial backhaul connection from LA to New York was arranged via a third-party supplier Level 3 and from New York City to Bristol via third-party supplier Zayo. I coordinated and managed smart hands to complete cross-connects, test capacity, activate the service with ESPN’s broadcasting team and hand over the service. To mitigate the risks of the short lead time, I explored additional solution options via satellite broadcast. I managed a team of 6 people, including network designers, network technicians, SubSea Cable Engineers, Smart Hands, Network Engineers & Third-Party Vendors.

“In his role as Global Program Manager, Jay has had the critical role of Service Delivery, which is an essential component of the Account Team as it determines whether we have a happy or unhappy customer. Jay is 100% committed to the role and his invested so much time & energy (sometimes even working through the night) to get services provisioned for the customer in a timely manner. I have no hesitation in recommending Jay for any role that utilizes Jay’s Project Management skills or his tenacity in getting the job done.”

Gordon PavichVP Sales, Telstra