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Mike Vicki Helps Keep ESPN International, ESPN Deportes Content Flowing from the Masters

Return to Augusta National brings back childhood memories for content producer

(L-R) Hernán Rey, John Sutcliffe, Matias Anselmo anchor ESPN Deportes and ESPN International’s Masters coverage
(John Sutcliffe/ESPN)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Mike Vicki has loved the Masters Tournament since watching it on television during childhood with his father. And for the past 10 years, he has had the opportunity to work at the event for ESPN. Each time he returns, great memories of his late father come back.

Wearing “many Masters hats” this week, Vicki is helping serve Spanish-speaking fans in multiple countries by keeping content flowing for ESPN Deportes in the U.S. and for ESPN International.

The 26-year ESPN veteran works closely with the golf production team from ESPN Argentina, which services ESPN Latin America and ESPN Deportes.

Content producer Mike Vicki stands outside of the ESPN International studio at Augusta National Golf Club (Andy Hall/ESPN)

ESPN Deportes is airing live coverage of the first and second rounds of the Masters from 3-7:30 p.m. EDT, and the third and final rounds from 5-7 p.m. This year is the first time the weekend rounds will air on ESPN Deportes.

“Normally, I’m a content producer, but in this role at the Masters, I’ve built a lot of relationships here over 10 years, so I’m also kind of an operations producer,” he said. “And that’s to make sure all the wires are attached where they need to go and that everybody’s hearing who they need to hear from Argentina to here, or wherever.

“If there’s a channel of audio not going out the right way, I know where to go to troubleshoot it. That’s very important for here because if you look outside of the content center, there’s a lot of trucks out there.

“And this year, I’m also running camera for the pre and post-coverage segments and the news and information aspects for the five editions of SportsCenter, which go to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and ESPN Deportes in the U.S. We have the capability in our cabin to do live hits with those SportsCenters.”

Vicki is working with a multi-cultural team from Argentina, Mexico, and the U.S. Hernán Rey and Matias Anselmo call all the action in the International Broadcast Center with analyst John Sutcliffe on the course.

Valeria Quesada is calling early Featured Group coverage in Spanish from a commentary booth in the IBC. He also works on-site with producer Andrés Ciresa who traveled from Buenos Aires for his first Masters.

Vicki loves the challenge and especially loves being at the Masters.

“I remember watching Jack Nicklaus sink that famous putt in ’86 with my dad,” he said. “Dad’s gone, and every time I come here, I think about him. He was around when I first started coming and was able to ask me how it was. It’s one of those things that goes way back.

”Dad loved golf,” he said. “He was always a golfer and got my brother and me into golf, so that makes this special.”

ESPN Spanish-language commentators Hernán Rey (L) and Matias Anselmo preparing to discuss the Masters on the Argentinian version of SportsCenter (Andy Hall/ESPN)
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