EDITOR’S NOTE: As ESPN returns to live sports, Front Row will be featuring the diverse group of people working behind the scenes, whose jobs might be slightly different, but whose passion is stronger than ever. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET in Orlando, Fla., ESPN televises the first match in the “MLS is Back Tournament” featuring Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami FC. Meet Kim Bloomstone, one of the people working to bring live sports back to fans.
For the past 10 weeks, remote operations manager Kim Bloomstone has been working around the clock preparing for the MLS is Back Tournament, which kicks off tonight at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
One of the most challenging projects in her 16 years with the company, Bloomstone has been working closely with internal ESPN teams and specialists on the ground in Orlando, as well as representatives from Disney and Major League Soccer, for more than two months. She has also coordinated plans with a multitude of third-party vendors to secure everything from aerial cameras and lighting to the mobile units that ESPN will utilize as the broadcast services provider of MLS’s World Cup-style tournament.
Bloomstone won’t be on-site in Florida herself – she has been working remotely from home in Connecticut since mid-March, but her work has been invaluable to ESPN’s operation. It’s also worth noting that Bloomstone has a similar role in ESPN’s Top Rank boxing coverage, helping to ensure that the company delivers a first-class boxing production, as well as soccer. Here’s more on Bloomstone.