Video guru rel­ishes game day

Loy­ola grad O’Brien works tire­lessly to keep Ravens fans in­formed, en­ter­tained

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - Ev­ery week dur­ing the sea­son, The Bal­ti­more Sun will spot­light how a mem­ber of the Ravens or­ga­ni­za­tion does his or her job. By Childs Walker

At ap­prox­i­mately 4:10 on Sun­day af­ter­noon, as fans bus­tle through the ex­its at M&T Bank Sta­dium, Jay O’Brien will al­low him­self to col­lapse on the couch in his of­fice. The manic en­ergy of an NFL game day will slowly seep from his body.

For about five min­utes.

And t hen his in­ter­nal clock will crank for­ward to be­gin the cy­cle anew. What in­trigu­ing tid­bits might play­ers spill in the postgame locker room? What game clips will make the best so­cial me­dia GIFs or the best fod­der for the three tele­vi­sion shows the Ravens pro­duce ev­ery week? What could he have done bet­ter dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 31⁄ hours to help fans en­gage with the ac­tion on the field?

O’Brien does not play or coach pro­fes­sional foot­ball, and he’s loathe to com­pare him­self with those who do. But the Home opener Sun­day, 1 p.m. TV: Chs. 13, 9 Ra­dio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM

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Jay O'Brien, 34, is the Ravens vice pres­i­dent for broad­cast­ing and game day pro­duc­tions. He stands at the helm of a 60-per­son con­trol booth op­er­at­ing video dis­plays.

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