Behind the scenes: An inside look at the TV production for the Big Game

The Big Game

ATLANTA (WPRI) — With more than 110 million people expected to watch Super Bowl LIII on TV this Sunday, CBS is ensuring fans will never miss a moment.

Mike Francis, CBS Sports’ vice president of remote engineering & planning, said approximately 115 cameras will capture the action both on and off the field. 

“The Super Bowl is the biggest show we do. It takes over 14 production systems tied together and hundreds of people working towards this effort,” he explained. “We have every angle, every square inch of this field is covered. There will never be a scenario we’ll miss some action, even if it’s away from the play.”

Francis said CBS is deploying new technology for the Big Game this year, including an $8,000 camera that can zoom up to 800% without losing any clarity.

“We’ll be able to really zoom in tight and get a new perspective,” he said.

Also new this year, end zone pylons that feature camera angles never seen before.

“We have ability to show wide-angle tight shot on goalline, sidelines, surrounding the guidelines, tremendous tool for us,” Francis said.

In the above video Nexstar Sports reporter Ruthie Polinsky gets a peek behind the curtain to see how television production works during the Big Game.

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