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1. Develop a sense of your market for each event you are working. Bars, go-go joints, restaurants, pizza parlors, social clubs, bowling alleys, and hotel lounges are the commercial establishments where you will be checking. However, think about where the individuals congregate who would be interested in the type of event being broadcast.

2. Prepare a master list of all commercial establishments likely to broadcast the particular event. Segregate that list by zip code, then by street name, then by street address number.

3. Update your master list of commercial establishments with additional target locations you have isolated and any pirate leads provided your office. Revise regularly.

4. Determine what your prime target areas are. These are you high production areas to be worked during the prime time period of the event. Successful investigators work in a circle in and around that area and head into the prime target area during the main event or late in the event/game. Saturate the prime area with investigators during peak periods.

5. Map our predetermined routes investigators will work on the day/evening of the broadcast event. These route sheets should identify the target establishments from you master list plus the legal establishments from the authorized list referenced by the different streets the investigators will be working. Route sheets provide a quick field reference to inform the investigator where to look and where to stay away as they work their routes.

6. Locations in your prime target area should be centered in the middle of the route sheet. Fringe areas and less successful areas should be done early, so that establishments that are open late or service a late crowd (i.e. after hours clubs) can be done later in the evening.

7. Hit the street early. Be at your first stop by the beginning of the broadcast. Try to pair-up each investigator with a driver. Successful investigators work from one clipboard with the route sheets typed out or re-written in their own handwriting. It is very difficult for any investigator to try to read off the original legal list and remember target locations from memory. Complete your preparation before you get in the car prior to the event.

8. Keep a log sheet listing the name of the bar, time you stopped there and what you observed. This information will prevent you from going into bars that don’t have televisions or don’t show sporting events on subsequent events. Make note of establishments with satellite dishes, as this will be helpful in working satellite events. More than anything, the log sheet can indicate to you how productive a particular area is, how many stops you can accomplish, what fighters are of interest in a particular area, etc.

9. If it can be done in a non-suspicious manner, while on surveillance, ask the bartender/patrons who they know may be showing the fight/game. While this ploy cannot be worked in every situation, in certain instances this approach has proven to have been very successful. Never call suspected locations and ask whether they intend showing the event. This is a bad shortcut guaranteed to lose you 10 hit for every 1 you catch.

10. Don’t become discouraged or give up, there are plenty of pirates to catch. Most production comes after much perseverance. It has been said that catching pirates is much like investing. Success usually comes down to preparation, luck, timing, and intuition. Ultimately, the more experience you acquire in the field the better you will do.


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