SVG Year in Review: February

February brought unforeseen storms and plenty of production success under fire, as snow dumped on Dallas throughout Super Bowl week, causing fits for Fox Sports in the production compound and on the pregame studio set. However, Fox Sports and NFL Network weathered the strorm and produced the highest-rated TV program of all time, with plenty of help from an army of vendors, including ANC Sports, Bexel, Big Screen Productions, CAT Entertainment Services, CP Communications, Game Creek Video, GoVision, Intertia Unlimited, Level 3, Litepanels, NEP, Robovision, and VER.

Fox rode its Super Bowl momentum right into the Daytona 500 just two weeks later, debuting new thermal-imaging cameras and pulling out all the audio stops during its production.

Not to be overshadowed, Turner Sports faced challenges of its own at NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, as the Staples Center production compound was forced to undergo a quick turnaround to make way for the Grammys less than a week later. In addition, NBA Entertainment continued its evolution to more cost-effective techniques in its 3D production of the festivities, which was delivered to theaters around the world courtesy of SENSIO. Meanwhile, AEG Digital served as a home away from home for NBA TV and flipped for video during All-Star Weekend. Click here for SVG’s full NBA All-Star Weekend photo gallery.

Other February highlights include ESPN’s expanded access at the Australian Open, the debut of NEP’s SS29, a landmark regional sports rights deal between the L.A. Lakers and Time Warner Cable, and CBC’s 3D production of the NHL Heritage Classic.

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