Fox Sports tests weather gadgets for Super Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Fox Sports has a few weather-related tricks up
its sleeve for next month's Super Bowl telecast, and the network plans
to test them out before the Feb. 2 game that will be the first played
in a cold-weather climate.
It will use this weekend's NFC title game in Seattle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks to test an infrared camera that will
show how players' body temperatures change throughout the game.
"I don't know what story that tells, but it might make for some pretty
cool pictures," Eric Shanks, Fox Sports chief operating officer and
executive producer, told the Television Critics Association on Monday.
He said another unspecified device will show how wind affects a
quarterback or kicker.
Shanks said the network will have more high-tech 4K cameras than ever
before to zoom in for what he called "that definitive angle."
The network is touting the game as "the coldest and boldest Super Bowl
ever" in its advertising. Shanks said the pre-game timing will be
altered slightly because of the temperature so people aren't on the
field standing around too long waiting for the players to come out.
"We have spent a lot of time with the league going over contingency
plans not unlike what we do for this weekend in Seattle," Shanks said,
noting three NFL games on Fox this season were delayed because of
Forecasting company AccuWeather said Monday the game-day temperature
will be 35 degrees with a chance of snow showers. However, Shanks
downplayed the cold factor.
"It's not like football isn't played in the cold. We were just in Green
Bay," he said. "The NFL shouldn't be apologizing for a cold-weather
Super Bowl. If this goes off well, I think we should give another Super
Bowl to a cold-weather city. How great would it be to have a Super Bowl
in Green Bay?"
Fox is building a three-story studio in Times Square that will host its
game-week programming, even though the game itself will be played in
nearby East Rutherford, N.J.
"We're not hiding the fact that it's in New Jersey," Shanks said. "We
make sure that New Jersey is equally and fairly represented."
The game's host committee will shut down Broadway in Manhattan with 12
blocks of hospitality starting the Wednesday before the game.
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