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Published July 22, 2013, Page 22
“Our department is responsible for creating all of the graphic packages for every show on FS1,” Fields said. “It’s continuing to evolve some of the technologies that we use and have implemented over the last couple of years.”
Fox Sports Media Group has placed a lot of trust in Fields, who started as a production assistant for the network in 2000, just after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The optical player tracker that Fox Sports implemented for football provides a case in point.
“We took a system that was only working for soccer in Europe and gave that capability for our production teams to point out players and track them in real time as the game is going on,” Fields said.
Fields and Mike Davies, vice president of field operations, approached co-President Eric Shanks with the idea, and Shanks agreed to roll it out to start the network’s college and pro football schedule. ChyronHego provided the optical player tracking while Sportvision provided the graphic interface and rendering.
“It was an ongoing development throughout last season,” Fields said. “At the end of the season, I think we gave production a great tool for their broadcast.”