Broadcasting adds an extra dimension

If you were one of the select few invitees in three cities (Los Angeles, New York and Boston) who experienced the NFL’s foray into 3-D technology Thursday night, you were witness to what was a less than competitive game between the Raiders and Chargers with rather compelling perks.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times writes:

    There were, by invitation only, about 400 people at the Mann’s Chinese Six Theatre in Hollywood — mostly industry and technology experts. Still, there was a collective gasp when the Chargers cheerleaders jogged onto the field.And there was a collective “woo” when Tomlinson scored the game’s first touchdown and a loud “aah” when Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers tossed a pass that was out of bounds and heading for . . . yes, again, your lap. MORE

Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. Daily News contemplates if Thursday’s NFL Network game in 3-D was a watershed moment for sports broadcasting.

    What better way to dress up an otherwise inconsequential Chargers-Raiders late-season meeting on the football field than by cranking it up, “Spinal Tap”-style, to another sensory-overloaded dimension? A broadcast transformed into a state-of-the-art 3D for a crowded movie theatre sporting an upgraded version of the Drew Carey-style glasses made Thursday’s contest via satellite from San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium a ground-breaking, eye-popping event. Maybe not so much earth-shattering. Not yet. MORE
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