MLB Postseason, College Football and NASCAR are also scheduled
With rights to the NFL, MLB postseason, and famous college football, Fox Sports has an always-packed fall calendar. But this year, the broadcaster is back-to-back with the FIFA World Cup and Super Bowl LVII, taking logistical Tetris to a whole new level. Throw in NASCAR’s season-opener Clash at the Coliseum and the Daytona 500 bookend Super Bowl LVII, and the enormous task ahead of Fox Sports’ operations team becomes clear.
“We don’t have that big [staff] say “as you can think” Mike Davis Senior Vice President, Field and Technical Management and Operations/Chairman, Sports Video Group, Fox Sports“Fortunately, we have some amazing people, both in staff and freelance capacity, to ensure that things are going to be pretty crazy towards the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. We have to do a lot of stacking and it definitely spreads us thin, but it’s all about planning, prioritizing and finding the best people in the industry to work with us. is.
Key Operations Leader at Fox Sports — Senior Vice President, Field Operations and Engineering, Kevin Callahan; Brad Cheney, Vice President of Field Operations and Engineering; Vice President, Studio Remote Operations, Rod Conti; When Director, Technical Operations, Dave Jones — although they have extensive experience with large-scale events, the station is using its stacked fall schedule to further consolidate its upcoming leaders.
“with this [run of events]we are taking the opportunity to delegate several key roles to the next generation of leaders in our department: [Director, Remote Engineering] Matt Battaglia; [Director, Remote Operations,] Rob Mikulica; [Senior Manager, Technical and Field Ops,] Lindsey Wayne; [Executive Director, Field Operations,] Sarita Miking; Director, NFL Operations, Ted Kenny; When Director, Remote Operations, Phil Abrahams.
Davis gives a shout to the crew.guided by Vice President, Crewing Operations, Stacy Sunny, Director, Cruing, NFL, Michael Marble; When Director, Crewing, CFB, John Stapleton He points out that the roster of thousands of people a week needs to be adjusted. “Their expertise literally drives the production we do.”
Fox Sports Vault: more resources, same number
Game Creek Video Encore Mobile Unit Returns FOX NFL 1 game per year. GCV Bravo, B Game.this year, all FOX NFL Games are also produced and broadcast in 1080p. Davis said his Fox Sports Vault operation at the Los Angeles Broadcast Center will continue to play a key role in his NFL productions this year.
“We are in our third year as a mainstay in these big shows,” he says. [equipment] The level of NFL games — especially when it comes to EVS and graphics devices. Vault is special to us, and not just because it allows us to add more resources to these shows without increasing headcount or footprint. [in the truck onsite] But I also believe that we have created a fun and comfortable work environment where people really enjoy working. “
As for cameras for NFL coverage, Fox rolled out several additional Sony HDC-5500 broadcast cameras and Sony HDC-P50 Steadicams this year. All field-level cameras in both this year’s A and B games feature super slow motion capabilities (4X, 6X, or 8X), and broadcasters are looking for new opportunities to bring additional slow motion capabilities. continue. Season progresses. According to Davies, Skycams are the A-game standard of the year, with the potential for a small number of productions with dual Skycams.
“NFL games are the most important games of the week for visiting and home teams, regardless of network level,” says Davies. “We put a lot of resources into the downmarket games as well as the A games. It includes a variety of specialty items that make you feel big, and you’ll know it when you watch a game on Fox Sports.”
End Zone Perspective: Expanding Use of C36′ Pylon View System
Fox Sports is furthering its rollout of the C360 Technologies Pylon View camera. In a partnership that began last year with line-to-gain cameras, Fox is looking to incorporate these systems into its endzone pylon cams. The pylon view gives him a 200-degree video perspective of the goal line from the pylon, which can be digitally panned, tilted and zoomed to give a clearer view of the player scoring a touchdown.
The C360 Time Machine Replay feature allows operators to rewind, reframe, and freeze frames of specific plays for live TV and OTT platforms. This position requires operators to shade the camera and create replays, so C360 worked with Program Productions Inc. (PPI) to train all operators for the Pylon View end zone cameras this year.
“We are using a C360 camera in the end zone this year, so we can pan, tilt and zoom. [functionality] It’s like a little robot on a pylon,” says Davis. “Better yet, we are capturing the entire volume of the large paramorphic frame so we don’t miss anything. I think, but an early sign is that the C360 endzone pylon will greatly enhance our coverage.”
Amazon Prime, CBS Sports, and ESPN are also using C360 Pylon View systems in varying capacities this year.
Time Synchronized Replay: Split Screen Sony Hawkeye
Fox Sports is also experimenting this year to expand the use of Sony Hawkeye refereeing technology within NFL coverage.Hawkeye has been around for a long time Fox Sports Rules Analyst Mike Pereira‘s in-game close call workflow, and Fox is looking to use it to create split-screen views that show time-synchronized replays.
“Multiple box replays can be synced and played simultaneously just like you would in a replay booth,” says Davies. “We’re experimenting with whether we can use the same kind of workflow used to host to tell the story of an NFL broadcast. Fully synced replay split-screen or 4-split You can also use the screen, you could always do that with any other replay device, but the beauty of Hawkeye is that it was built from the ground up to host. [enabling us] To come up with those synchronous replays on the same box. I think you can find some cool examples that you can let your fans know. “