Netflix’s new true crime-meets-sports documentary series, Bad Sport uncovers the most infamous misdeeds and scandals in the sporting world, kicking things off with debut episode Hoop Schemes, which chronicles the 1994 point-shaving scandal that engulfed Arizona State University basketball. For lifelong sports fan and sound mixer Nico Pierce, working on the show was a slam dunk.
“When you get the chance to work on a show like this, you have to say yes,” he tells Headliner. “There’s nothing like being on set – the energy, the creativity – it's intoxicating. There are so many stories in sports, good and bad, that have yet to be told, so having the opportunity to tell this story was an immediate yes.
"I was not previously aware of any of the scandals on this show; besides the episode I worked on, I got to sit back and enjoy the other episodes just like everyone else!”
Each episode of the series features a different crew, and covers scandals that took place in the worlds of ice skating, auto racing, football, horse riding and cricket.
Pierce worked on debut episode Hoop Schemes, and for the episode’s many interviews, he relied on Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless, chiefly SMV and SMDWB transmitters paired with SRc receivers slot-mounted in his audio bag.
The wideband reception capability of the SRc receivers was the first feature Pierce found invaluable as production embarked on the road.
“We spent a week in Phoenix and a week in Vegas, shooting 12-hour days to get the episode done,” he recalls. “This was my first time filming outside of the L.A area since being in school, so being unfamiliar with the blocks and availability in these cities, going wideband let me not worry about finding frequencies.”