Article: Creating an Improved Sports Experience

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When the San Francisco 49ers kicked off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2020 Super Bowl, Fox Sports had more than 100 cameras on hand to catch every aspect of the game. Included were more than two dozen Super Motion cameras designed to capture the action at up to 1,800 frames per second, two SkyCams, and one high-speed camera to capture the entire game in 8K for the first time. That marks a huge leap from just five years before, when 40 cameras were deployed at the 2015 Super Bowl.

But the sheer number of cameras inside a stadium tells only part of the story of how imaging technology is changing how contemporary sports broadcasting captures the action on the field, pitch, diamond, or rink, and how it’s also influencing coaching, and the actual playing of the game.