NBC's Super Bowl Production By The Numbers

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I'm trying not to overload all of you with tons of Super Bowl stuff, and I'll be giving you a larger NBC post closer to Sunday, but I thought this was interesting. Eye On Sports Media compiled the numbers for NBC's production from number of cameras to miles of cable being used. Are are some of the more interesting stats....

450- More than 450 people will be part of the NBC production, technical, administrative and support crews

93- Microphones (including 12 on-field parabolic microphones)

52- High Definition Cameras (2 SD Cameras for Game Clock and Play Clock)

50- Miles of Camera and Microphone cable

45- Vehicles (control trucks, mobile units, office trailers, Horse Trailer)

24- Digital Video Replay Sources

22- Hard Cameras (including 2 Super Slo-Mo’s and three “X-Mo’s)

20- Hand-held Cameras (including two SteadyCams)

10- NEP Supershooter Trailers in the TV Compound

8- Digital Post-Production Facility (5 Avid Suites, 3 Final Cut Pro Suites)

5- Robotic Cameras (including two fixed on the Field Goal posts)

2- RF Hand-held cameras

1- “Cable-Cam” camera suspended above the playing field

1- Hard Camera for scenic views of Tampa Bay
And those 450 people are all going to be on the pregame show! I kid, I kid. Seriously though, that's a little nuts that all of that cable could cover 50 miles and that over 90 mics are used. Interesting stuff for sure.

NBC Sports' Super Bowl XLIII Coverage By The Numbers (Eye On Sports Media)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 11:21 AM

4 Comments:

No you don't kid, there will literally be 450 people on the pre-game show analyzing one game.

And 18 of them are actually Peter King.

SSReporters said...
Jan 28, 2009, 11:53:00 AM  

Heaven forbid if Herschel Walker joins the pregame show, that would make 500 people in the crew, right AA? In any case, you have enough cable to go from Cedar City to St. George, Utah. That's crazy!

Brad James said...
Jan 28, 2009, 1:24:00 PM  

The cable part was the first thing that made me double-take, too. And I think that 10 mics is probably enough anyway.

GMoney said...
Jan 28, 2009, 1:34:00 PM  

If they only had 10 mics, they wouldn't have enough for all the people on set.

JFreak said...
Jan 28, 2009, 4:10:00 PM  

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