No shortucuts in life...or sportscasting. - 07/01/14

It's Tuesday night and after the news I'll begin a "staycation" for a few days.  With that in mind, I can't tell you how tempted I was to take a shortcut tonight.

TV news departments subscribe to feeds that provide video that we can run in our newscasts.  It's a way for us to have access to video that we might not otherwise have.

But when it comes to the highlights I run in my sportscast, I always try to record the games myself.  I do this for a couple of reasons.  One - I like to edit my highlights a little "looser" than the feeds do.  Two - the quality of the video is a lot better when I record it directly from cable.

So back to tonight.  I was about to edit my World Cup highlights.  And I have to admit, I was VERY CLOSE to using highlights off the feed.  It was going to be much easier, and honestly, I could use a break.  I'm a little fried.

But in the end, I didn't.  And I'm happy that I resisted the urge.

Bottom line - there are no shortcuts in life...or sportscasting.

 

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