Behind The ScenesSoccer

Meet the women helping to produce ESPN’s coverage of UEFA Euro 2016

Christie Dockman, senior director, Management Operations

(Courtesy of Christie Dockman)
(Photo courtesy of Christie Dockman/ESPN)

This is Dockman’s fifth-straight major international soccer event for ESPN, following the 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, UEFA EURO 2012 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. She has been with ESPN since 1996.

What is your role in ESPN’s UEFA EURO 2016 production?
I oversee production logistical planning. This includes many different areas such as sourcing local vendors and resources (accommodations, personnel, catering, etc.), event personnel planning and liaising with UEFA’s broadcasting and bookings teams. I work closely with our Remote Operations team to plan our TV compound and overall work schedule while on site. I am also responsible for projecting, planning and tracking the budget for the event. I also work closely with our senior leaders to plan our financial resources and capture all expenses accurately throughout the tournament.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the ESPN EURO 2016 team?
Hands down, the best thing about working on the ESPN EURO 2106 team is the people. Through 18 months of lead-up, through every long day on-site, through every challenge we’ve had to overcome (natural disasters, civil unrest, etc.), the people who work on this project are what makes it so rewarding. We’re a team. There are no egos. Everyone’s voice counts, everyone’s ideas are important. We make one another better. We make one another laugh which is an important component of such a long and challenging event. As leaders, we strive to set a tone that makes people want to do their very best every day for this project. I think we’ve accomplished that.

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