SBJ/October 23 - 29, 2006/SBJ In Depth

What’s in store on television

Viewers will see more use of
special cameras this season.
Hit the road
ABC plans to go on the road with its pregame show, which will travel to the site of its Sunday afternoon games. Dan Patrick will host, with Michael Wilbon and Mark Jackson providing analysis.

Sky-high coverage
NBA TV plans to televise one game using only two Skycams for the entire contest. Skycams move along wires and can provide coverage of all areas of the court.

Cable ready
TNT plans to use its Cable Cam more frequently. That’s a camera that drops from the scoreboard to about 7-10 feet from the ground.

Is this on?
ABC is hoping the league will allow it to mike players. The two sides are negotiating and no decision has yet been made.

Camera on the court
For a glimpse at the future, NBA TV is using on-the-court steady cams for its coverage of the NBA Developmental League. The cameraman is on the sidelines and runs up and down the court to shoot the action. During foul shots, the cameraman goes onto the court and circles behind the shooter.

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