Category Archives: Sports

2003 US Open – Andy Roddick

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Love these little pieces – short and sweet, high energy and easy on the eye. Made lots of them during my many years working on site for CBS’s U.S. Open Late Night Show.

And then the Late Night Show got cancelled and I haven’t been back. Oh well. That’s the nature of these gigs – they come and go. I still get my dose of tennis, putting together the US Open Preview Show at the CBS Broadcast Center.

Summer Olympics MCI Spot

We hope you’re all as excited about the London Olympics as we are!  To get in the spirit, we’re sharing a spot Paul created for the 1996 Summer Olympics while working for NBC. Enjoy and get ready to watch the opening ceremony tonight at 7:30PM on NBC!

2002 French Open Teaser

Posted by Paul Devlin:

I love those calls: “Hey can you come to Paris for a few weeks, and help us edit some tennis.” Hell yes!

The call came from Woods Communications, who had been hired by ESPN to help them cover the 2002 French Tennis Open (Roland Garros). I met Tom Woods when I was working for ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 editing World Cup Soccer in Paris. Tom and his brother Ian, are two Americans who set up shop in Paris years ago, servicing American sports networks in Europe. Fantastic business model and very clever guys. I also worked with them covering the Tour De France for CBS.

All that work in France made me fall in love with the place and I try to get back at least once a year, even when I’m not working there.

2006 US Open – Rafael Nadal Feature

Posted by Paul Devlin:

I edited this homage to tennis star Rafael Nadal with my friend and talented producer Joe Zappulla.  Joe is outspoken, opinionated, and likes to have fun.  He also gets the job done.  It’s a pleasure to work with him, from the early, grueling days in Edit-73 back in 1998 when CBS first recovered the NFL contract, through Superbowls and Tours De France.  Great work Joe!

2006 US Open – Women’s Preview

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Much of my work at CBS Sports involves putting together very short pieces that get rolled into a live show such as the NFL Today.

Editing the U.S. Open Preview Show is a nice change. Not only do I get to create fun pieces like this one that set up the live event, I also work with a producer to assemble the entire taped show from start to finish. A half hour of network television, all ours.

Tour de France (2 of 2)

Posted by Paul Devlin:

The Tour de France on CBS was an intense gig, especially for me and the other editors. Lot’s of pressure and some very fast turnaround. Sometimes the show was already airing back in the States, and we hadn’t finished editing the last segment.

One of those times, on top of a desolate mountain, the driver of our generator decided he was leaving.  The rest of the huge caravan of live trucks that move everyday like a massive traveling circus was already gone, on the long windy overnight drive to the next location. He had no incentive to indulge one of the only edited shows that was staying late.  FREAK OUT!  We had to finish right away, edit in one last, long cover shot, and do the entire audio mix for the final segment in one pass, or else would have no power to send it to New York by satellite.

That would mean no final segment for a show that was already on the air! Talk about heart damage for the editor! We made it with seconds to spare. Definitely earned my Emmy that year. I’m not at liberty to discuss how we convinced the generator driver to stay those few extra minutes.

Now enjoy the drama in front of the camera in this exciting conclusion to Lance’s dilemma.