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Published December 13, 2012, 08:20 PM

Behind the scenes as ESPN prepares for the Bison game

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Bison are preparing for a critical game tomorrow that could land them in the championship game for the second year in a row.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Bison are preparing for a critical game tomorrow that could land them in the championship game for the second year in a row.

For the ESPN crews responsible for the national broadcast tomorrow, the work begins long before kick off!

Roll out the cameras, cables, and connectors. With a semi-final game just around the corner, ESPN brought a crew of 45 on the road to the Fargodome.

In their trailer, crews work on graphics, gather video, and research each team ahead of Friday's game against Georgia Southern.

Melton: "We had the opportunity to cover North Dakota State last year when they won the whole thing in Frisco, Texas. Our same crew covered that game. So, we're familiar with this team, we're familiar with the offense they run, the defense they run."

Out in the dome, crews spent the whole day setting up cameras, rolling out cables, and getting everything in place for the game to hit TV sets across the country.

They had less than a week's notice, the end of last week's quarterfinal game, to get here and get it done.

Basso: "Every venue is different on exactly where we're gonna put our cameras. So, it's kind of a, you have to really be on site to envision what we're looking for."

There are 8 cameras set up around the dome for the broadcast and it takes 7-thousand feet of cable to make it all happen. And with a 10 degree temperature outside, the crews were happy the Dome is one of few indoor college stadiums.

Basso: "If we were out in the cold with those cables, they actually would stiffen up. And laying the cables and putting them in specific locations, it makes it a lot more difficult in the elements."

It's an exciting time of year, as this crew travels around the country to air FCS playoff games.

Melton: "It's a chance for a lot of the lesser known schools on a national level to really get exposure and show their fan support, their stadiums, their towns, their universities. And we have a blast doing it."

The game airs on ESPN 2 at seven tomorrow night.

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