Hebden Bridge, UK (December 5, 2007)–The first NFL league game to be played in the UK, between the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins, was broadcast live across Europe on Sky Sports and in the US via Fox Sports. NFL host broadcaster Fox Sports teamed up with CTV’s flagship OB9 HD truck, outfitted with a Calrec Auidio console, in front of a sell-out, 90,000-strong Wembley Stadium crowd.
CTV’s international business director Bill Morris remarked, “Fox Sports Network and the NFL treated this league match as they would a match played in the US, so there was no compromise in the way the operation unfolded. Fox traveled with its full announcer, talent and reporting team, as well as a core crew of US operators from its regular NFL team. The sound supervisor immediately felt at home in OB9, and he was thrilled to see the Alpha as it is identical to the one he had been using on various shows in the U.S.”
In fact, a Calrec console covers every NFL game in the US. Independent research by the Sports Video Group claims Calrec audio consoles are installed in 48 percent of US HD trucks and are far and away the market leaders in their field.
“The NFL and Fox Sports contacted CTV some months prior to the game,” Morris added. “From the first survey in the summer to the transmission on October 28, planning was conducted daily. Audio planning was critical, as NFL audio is acquired in a completely different way than most UK sports. Similarly, the NFL communications network is the most comprehensive and complex I have encountered in a sports operation.”
The field mic arrays, along with a substantial array of FX mics, were sub-mixed and sent as aux feeds to the Calrec in OB9. Announcers, presentation positions, reporters, and a large array of GPI graphics FX triggers were added into the resultant 5.1 mix.