Monthly Archives: January 2006

CBS TD Patterson dies

Written on January 30, 2006 at 5:08 am, by

Norm Patterson, CBS Sports technical director, died last Monday night of an apparent heart attack while at the University City hotel in San Diego. Patterson, 45, was a CBS TD for golf and football telecasts for the past decade. He is survived by his wife Sharon and two daughters, Tiffany and Rebekah. “We’re like a […]  More

WSJ: NFL foregoes deals and brings games to own network

Written on January 29, 2006 at 4:50 am, by

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the National Football League has decided to televise a package of games on Thursday and Saturday nights starting next season on its own cable channel, rather than selling the package to an existing network. The decision Friday came after talks ended with Comcast Corp. on a joint venture […]  More

IBM rolls out sports podcast

Written on January 29, 2006 at 4:44 am, by

IBM, which has had a series of podcasts that have taken a look at how the company will help certain market segments address future needs, is taking a look at the sports industry on its next one. “IBM and the Future of Sports” discusses how technology is changing the way fans experiences sports – at […]  More

XOS brings motion-capture to teams

Written on January 27, 2006 at 8:56 am, by

During the past decade motion capture technology has transformed the videogame industry, letting game publishers like EA Sports deliver NFL, MLB, NBA and PGA-related game titles that take life-like graphics to the next level. Actual players spend time in motion capture studios, donning suits that allow camera and computer systems to create 3D models based […]  More

ABC, ESPN add more to iTunes

Written on January 27, 2006 at 4:11 am, by

ESPN and ABC Sports, the first major sports content providers to the iTunes Music Store, will launch the second wave of video content to sports fans for purchase and download on iTunes. Daily highlights and gold medal runs from Winter X Games 10 (January 28 – Feb. 1, ESPN and ABC Sports) will be available […]  More

SWAC, SportStat to deliver video to mobile phones

Written on January 27, 2006 at 4:01 am, by

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is the latest sports entity to deliver real-time play-by-play video clips, scores and statistics to mobile devices. The conference expects to use the system full time beginning with the 2006 football season. The conference signed a deal with SportStat, the Detroit-based sports technology company run by founder Johnny Richardson and […]  More

Grass Valley addresses needs of sportscasters

Written on January 26, 2006 at 5:00 am, by

Grass Valley will introduce a number of products in 2006 designed to meet the needs of sports broadcasters looking to improve the quality of their HD productions. Highlights include a new wireless HD transmission system and larger and HD-upgradeable Kayak production switchers. All of the products come at a time when HD seems to be […]  More

Avid gives NBC Olympics a lift

Written on January 25, 2006 at 2:12 pm, by

NBC will be rely on Avid video and Digidesign audio gear for a fourth consecutive Olympic games beginning Feb. 10 with the kickoff of the network’s broadcast of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. NBC will use the Avid gear to construct a comprehensive, state-of-the-art digital SD and HD production pipeline that greatly […]  More

Disney grabs Pixar, Jobs on board

Written on January 24, 2006 at 5:32 pm, by

ESPN and ABC Sports parent company the Walt Disney Company today agreed to acquire computer animation leader Pixar in an all-stock transaction, expected to be completed by this summer. Under terms of the agreement, 2.3 Disney shares will be issued for each Pixar share. Based on Pixar’s fully diluted shares outstanding, the transaction value is […]  More

Globo TV hits Web

Written on January 24, 2006 at 4:37 pm, by

Globo TV Sports, Brazil’s largest sports broadcaster, is finally getting a Web presence. The site,, includes updated information about football matches of the Brazilian Championship, S o Paulo Championship, Rio de Janeiro Championship and the Brazilian Cup, in addition to the history of the most important Brazilian teams and timetables of the next games. […]  More

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