Super Bowl to feature tiny 'Turf Cam'

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) -- Some of the most interesting shots of next Sunday's big Super Bowl game could come from a small camera.

A very small camera.

Fox Sports has planted so-called Turf Cams around Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida -- including four on the field where the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will play Super Bowl XXXIX. Eight more of the Turf Cams aren't in the turf at all -- they'll be mounted at the end zones.

Source: CNN

No breast shots please.

Is it just me or has the real game on TV started to look more like a video game then the video games themselves? Why is it that the TV broadcasts have to mimic what the video games like the Sega/Visual Concepts 2K series. I liked my football games without all the wild 3D motion graphics and without the SkyCam (I just love it when you see that SkyCam zipping accross the fields right above the players, the camera man cannot get the damn thing out of the picture). Give me a few camera angles of the field, the blimp shot, nice looking stat overlays on the screen, a camera on the end zone so I can see Randy Moss moon the crowd, and we'll call it a football game.

No one understands 'simple' anymore.

But really folks: let video games be video games and let TV broadcasts be TV broadcasts.

Remember that "Diamond Cam" or whatever the heck they called it during the World Series. It was right in front Home Plate in the dirt. Those shots sure looked great, and added so much more to the telecast, let me tell ya'.

Comments (5)

I can see your complaints, but there's one thing they need to do and do soon, even if it is a blatant copy. The main camera needs to be behind the quarterback. Why they still use that awful side view is baffling. Wouldn't it be nice to see the recivers actually run their routes? Holes open on the line? Five yards downfield is not enough. This was one of the few things the XFL did right.

Oh, and just imagine it all in glorious widescreen!

I would agree, I think some of the camera angles that the XFL used were great. Not all, but some.

I was content with the camera angles used in the 90's, but they have to keep changing something. And I am sure they have some research somewhere that says they get more viewers because of this or that camera angle, so that is why they use them.


I know a start up company that is working on a tiny camera mounted to the ball itself. They claim there is no influence on the ball features whatsoever. What do you guys think?

A cam on the ball? A nauseating experience maybe? I don't see how that would fly (heh, no pun intended).

Doug Rutherford:

1st of all,its an honor to have hauled the SKYCAM to Special events from the Philadelphia office. I myself, would like to see the SKYCAM work more from behind the scene, like behind the the running back, or whom ever is behind the QB. By this statement, you would be able to get the full rush of every play. Thanks to SKYCAM, the view of the game has improved dearly. 1st class...

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