Reality Check Systems kicks off 3 year deal for tennis coverage
Reality Check Systems, the California-based data graphics firm, is helping power graphics for 29 WTA Media tennis broadcasts this season, part of a new three-year agreement that started January 1.
WTA Media, which is a joint venture between Perform Group and the Women’s Tennis Association, is relying on RCS’s expertise in data-driven graphics, data integration and hardware.
“Our deal with WTA marks the largest yet in the history of women’s sports, so naturally we wanted to take our production value to the next level. Having worked with RCS on DAZN and other projects, we knew they could help us make a big splash with high-end graphics that complement the players and the game,” said John Learing of WTA Media. “They’ve done an amazing job and we look forward to working with them to improve the quality of our coverage even further.”
Prior to the first tournament of the year, RCS designed and built all of the match graphics for WTA Media’s world feed, including opens, full screens and more; developed custom control and real-time scoring apps; and created a talent and production stats display.
To facilitate graphics control and playout, their team architected mobile graphics flypacks that travel to each tournament. Each system is integrated with RCS’ Foundation data service, and receives and processes data from WTA Media’s data aggregator, Umpire PDAs and WTA’s historical database, for use in real-time graphics production.
RCS graphics operators are providing a production assist for all 29 tournaments; an additional 26 locally produced tournaments will also leverage RCS’ graphics package.
“WTA is home to some of the most amazing tennis talent, and we wanted to give its tournament productions the attention and respect they deserve with a modern look and feel,” said Mike Ward of RCS. “WTA Media made this easy and fun. Channeling their passion for the sport and working with both the WTA Media and Perform teams, we were able to deliver an efficient yet compelling package that tennis fans will love.”