May 27--Michigan State director of broadcast technology Rick Church won the Sports Video Group's College Sports Summit Pioneer award. Church will be honored in a ceremony in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Church has been with MSU since 1979, beginning as a part-time employee of the athletic department. He transitioned to a full-time position in 1998 and started the Spartan Vision big-screen program. Church assumed the role of MSU liaison to the Big Ten Network when BTN began operations in 2006. He now handles all remote broadcasts with all networks on campus, and initiates all video infrastructure research and development for MSU.
"Rick is a tremendous talent and has always been generous with sharing his time and expertise with the industry at large," said Sports Video Group'sBrandon Costa "As an active leader in the sports-video community, he has had a tremendous impact well beyond the gates of Michigan State's campus."
Church worked with the Tigers as director of scoreboard operations in 1992-98, while a part-time staffer at Michigan State. Before that, he spent nearly 20 years with the Red Wings as director of scoreboard operations.
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