SBD/Issue 236/Sports Media

NFL Media Notes: Panthers, Colts Reach Sideline Compromises

The Panthers and local TV stations have reached a compromise on the NFL’s ban on sideline TV cameras, under which “one local TV photographer will be allowed on the sidelines and the video will be shared with all local stations,” according to Mark Washburn of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The stations will rotate shooting the games. The Panthers “will have editing oversight of what sidelines video will be provided to the stations” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/2). In Indianapolis, Phillip Wilson reports the Colts will allow two local TV cameras that will “share all video in a pool-shooting capacity with other stations.” The four local network affils “reluctantly agreed to alternate pool shooting.” For road games, each team “must seek league approval to have more than one visitor-market camera on the field during the game” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/6). The agreements in Charlotte and Indianapolis follow a similar compromise in Cincinnati (THE DAILY).

VIEWERS’ CHOICE? With NBC placing its score and time graphic at the bottom of the screen during its NFL game broadcasts, “Sunday Night Football” Producer Fred Gaudelli said, “It seemed to me that with all the graphics, the screen was getting smaller and smaller. The very bottom is a place where not much happens. We want to give the screen back to the viewer” (John Molori, MEDIA BLITZ, 9/5 issue).

SLY FOX: In Charlotte, Scott Fowler notes Fox’ announcing team during its August 24 broadcast of the Dolphins-Panthers preseason game promoted a “free car giveaway on air at the end of the third quarter,” but sideline reporter Tony Siragusa instead gave Panthers fan Greg Good a toy car. Good, who believed that “the toy was a symbol for the real thing,” said, “I thought I had won a real car.” Fox Sports Manager of Communications Tim Buckman said, “As far as we know, Mr. Good hasn’t contacted anyone at Fox Sports about this. We would welcome an opportunity to speak to him and offer an apology for any misunderstanding” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/6).

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