Worldwide outsourced technical production partner for premier content producers of live sports and entertainment, NEP Group has acquired Baltimore-based Broadcast Sports International LLC (BSI), specialised in design and production of critical-use wireless networks and high-end wireless A/V systems.

NEP Group BSI provides world-class, broadcast-quality wireless audiovisual solutions for major television networks, sports leagues and other international clients. The company’s solutions include wireless camera systems, wireless audio systems, wireless communications systems and digital technology to receive, decode and distribute images and sounds.

The addition of BSI is consistent with NEP’s stated strategy to become the worldwide leader in Broadcast Services. Camera capture, both traditional and wireless, is an important part of the broadcast value chain. BSI adds wireless capabilities to NEP’s growing line of Specialty Capture Services, which already includes Bexel’s specialised engineering systems and production solutions, as well as Fletcher’s specialty camera solutions, allowing NEP to offer clients a full range of broadcast services.

Founded in 1979 by an entrepreneurial team of engineers, BSI has a history of market leadership and deep, long-standing customer relationships. BSI is recognised as a leader in in-car cameras for nearly all international racing series, including Nascar, IndyCar and NHRA, and in wireless cameras and microphones for golf events. The company has a track record in provisding wireless audio and video systems in challenging sports environments. BSI is fully licenced by the FCC for regular broadcast bands as well as for additional portions of the wireless spectrum for large events. BSI services more than 500 venues across the globe, including US golf courses and auto-racing venues. The company serves the international sports broadcast market via US and London offices.

‘We’ve worked alongside BSI’s team for years and share a great deal of respect for their high-quality work and technology,’ says NEP Broadcast Services Global President, Mike Werteen. ‘BSI and NEP share similar service-oriented cultures centred on delivering exceptional results for our clients, so this is a great fit all around. We’re excited to bring their cutting-edge wireless solutions and talent into the NEP Worldwide Network and to our clients.’

BSI’s engineers and technical staff develop proprietary technology to deliver robust, reliable and custom solutions and products for each client. Through four decades of innovation, BSI has changed sports viewing, putting viewers in the seat of the driver, over the shoulder of the golfer and ‘inside the action’.

‘I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at BSI. Combining our wireless talents and technology with an industry leader like NEP will take our business even further and, most importantly, it will benefit our clients by enabling us to provide them with a full suite of broadcast and specialty services,’ says BSI President, Jeremy Pink.

The BSI brand will remain in the market and will support NEP and its clients across the globe. Jeremy Pink and Peter Larsson of BSI’s senior management team will continue to run the business, reporting to Mike Werteen, Global President of NEP Broadcast Services.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed to the press.

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