Get ready for Thursday Night Football to look more like a game of Madden.
NBC announced that they will be using their SkyCam is the primary means of broadcasting November 16’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans.
NBC Executive Producer of NBC Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football Fred Gaudelli told Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ official team website that, “We are excited to present a game with the majority of live-action coverage coming from SkyCam.
The network used SkyCam during Week 7’s matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons when thick fog started to roll in, making the field very difficult for viewers to see through typical broadcasting cameras. Despite it being used for unusual purposes, the SkyCam broadcast was very well received by those watching the game on their televisions. Gaudelli said,
After pivoting out of necessity to SkyCam in the New England fog, we’ve been aggressively planning and testing with the intent of utilizing the system for a full game. We’ll still have our full complement of cameras and will revert to traditional coverage when situations dictate, but the primary viewing experience of the game will come from the SkyCam angle.
Apparently, NBC’s decision actually does come due in part to the popularity of the Madden NFL football video game simulations among younger audiences, said Gaudelli.
Younger generations of NFL fans have grown accustomed to watching football from this angle through their love of video games. This telecast will have a look and feel akin to that experience.
This will be an extremely interesting story to follow, as NFL games have typically been broadcasting with the same camera views for years. We’ll have to tune in next Thursday to see if this all turns out well and whether or not we’ll have a big shift in NFL broadcasting in the future.