Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

MLS 2021 Preview: Fox Sports, Univision's TUDN To Deliver Matches Remotely, Deploy Miked-Up Coaches and AR Graphics; ESPN Increases Coverage on ESPN+

16/04/2021

MLS 2021 Preview: Fox Sports, Univision's TUDN To Deliver Matches Remotely, Deploy Miked-Up Coaches and AR Graphics; ESPN Increases Coverage on ESPN ESPN's MLS coverage will include 32 Spanish-language broadcasts By Kristian Hernandez, Associate Editor

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:09 pm

Print This Story | Subscribe

Story Highlights

After an abrupt halt to the MLS's 25th season, an Orlando-based bubble hosting the MLS Is Back Tournament, and resumption of play that ended in the coronation of the Columbus Crew as champions, Major League Soccer will return to the spotlight this weekend. The three main broadcasters - Fox Sports, Univision, and ESPN - will rely on remote production, technologies like miked-up coaches and AR graphics, and assistance from league and team officials to provide a safe working environment for small onsite crews.

All-In on Remote: Workflows in L.A., Miami Power MLS Productions Fox Sports and Univision will each have its own set of remote-production workflows for the season's first couple of weeks. Because the COVID-19 pandemic is still discouraging long-distance travel of a large group of people, only a small crew will be onsite for each broadcaster. For Fox Sports' Home Run Production, control rooms located at the Pico facility in Los Angeles will be the main hub of MLS efforts.

Fox Sports will use control rooms in its Los Angeles facility for Home Run Production of MLS matches.

First and foremost, says Zac Kenworthy, lead producer, Fox Soccer, Fox Sports, we're still in the mode of protecting our production staff and finding ways within our confines to push the envelope. There are very stringent COVID-19 protocols that affect the number of people we can have down by the field.

This seems to be the safest, most logical way to begin the new schedule. With continued vaccination efforts signaling the gradual end to the pandemic, the broadcaster's strategy can be adapted depending on the national number of COVID-19 cases. According to Kenworthy, if the trajectory remains positive, a large-scale onsite operation could commence for high-profile matches.

We're pushing towards the backend of the year during that final push in August, September, and October and into the playoffs, he adds. We're going to pick and choose our moments.

Univision's TUDN, the Spanish-language destination for MLS supporters in the U.S., will follow the same production model. Continuing down the remote-workflow path the broadcaster blazed six years ago, crews of 14-15 individuals will be centralized in its Miami facility to handle the season's 25 matches across multiple platforms. The crews -TDs, directors, EVS replay operators, audio technicians - will be situated not only in traditional control rooms but also in conference rooms that the network transformed into working spaces at the beginning of the pandemic.

We are going to implement the same concept of remote productions, says Miguel Angel Garcia, SVP, live events, TUDN. This works for us and also helps us a lot with identifying our team of freelancers that are going to be on location.

Unique Techniques: Real-Time Interviews, AR Promise Different Fan Experience A new season on the pitch means the return of breathtaking technologies. Augmented reality, for example, has taken the soccer world by storm in recent years. Univision has been devoted to bringing a new-age graphics package to life on all of its soccer properties, both in Liga MX in Mexico and throughout its coverage of MLS. AR, especially the broadcaster's teleportation concept, will continue to be a staple of studio programming that airs before, during, and after each contest.

Univision's Miami facility will be at the center of its remote productions for the MLS season.

[AR graphics will] be a part of our look and feel within the studio, says Garcia, and we'll continue to use teleportation a lot more. We're getting better by adding two or three cameras, [which will] be used throughout the full broadcast.

Matches on TUDN will leverage a total of 12 cameras, headlined by a Pico robotic camera with super-slow-motion capability behind the net. The combination of double-digit cameras and AR implementation is a sign of Univision's commitment to the game and to giving fans a high-quality product.

A lot of broadcasters are scaling back, says Garcia, but our plan is going to be very solid. We definitely want to maintain our consistency.

Fox Sports will roll with seven manned camera positions at each game, including an aerial camera system for the first match at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. This complement will capture the action on the pitch and also help implement an innovation that provided extra insight into tactics during the MLS Is Back Tournament: real-time interviews with miked-up coaches. For interviews normally reserved for stoppages in play, head coaches will don headsets during the course of the game to provide additional context on the team's mentality and major moments of the match. Fox will position the equipment on the other side of the pitch to present a clear shot of the participating coach.

I think [these interviews] bring a level of unpredictability and excitement to the fan at home, says Kenworthy. It'll give us a really cool look with the players in front of the coaches while we're talking to them.

Another deployment that has caught the attention of sports fans has been the Megalodon, the live mirrorless camera system that has been used on the network's NFL, MLB, NASCAR, and college-basketball properties. Coverage of Liga MX is the most recent use of the technology. Without sideline access because of COVID protocols, the Megalodon will not be featured at the beginning of the MLS season, but, if conditions improve, it'll be one
LINK: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2021/04/16/mls-2021-preview-fox-sports-uni...
See more stories from svg

North America Stories

13/05/2021

SNS Releases New ShareBrowser Media Asset Management Software

SNS Releases New ShareBrowser Media Asset Management Software data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.jpg.....

13/05/2021

LYNX Technik Launches greenMachine Callisto+ Hardware with Dual-Channel Up/Down/Cross Converter Configuration

LYNX Technik Launches greenMachine Callisto Hardware with Dual-Channel Up/Down/...

13/05/2021

Blackmagic Fusion Tutorial: Building a simple HSV Keyer

Blackmagic Fusion Tutorial: Building a simple HSV Keyer data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/331759/604e4805df649-bpthumb.jpg......

13/05/2021

New Wooden Camera Accessories for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

New Wooden Camera Accessories for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bp...

13/05/2021

From Script to Screen with Filmmaker David Lowery Presented by Frame.io

From Script to Screen with Filmmaker David Lowery Presented by Frame.io data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-b...

13/05/2021

Grass Valley releases EDIUS X Version 10.20

Grass Valley releases EDIUS X Version 10.20 data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.jpg data-srcset=https:/...

13/05/2021

Local Artist Candy Carver Creates Mural for New WRAL Newsroom in Durham

WRAL's Durham News Bureau features a mural by Durham artist Candy Carver, titled The South has Something to Say. WRAL-TV unveiled a new Durham News B...

12/05/2021

fuboTV Hits High in Subscribers, Revenue, But Still Posts Loss

NEW YORK-The first quarter 2021 results are in for fuboTV, which saw the sports-focused live streaming platform hit new highs in subscriptions and revenues. How...

12/05/2021

IHSE Opening a China Office

OBERTEURINGEN & GUANGZHOU-IHSE has announced that it has opened an office in Guangzhou, China, to meet the region's growing demand for KVM products. The off...

12/05/2021

Enco Brings Automated Closed-Captioning to Pennsylvania Senate

NOVI, Mich.-The Enco enCaption system has found a place in the Pennsylvania Senate, as the Senate Video Facility has chosen the product to provide automated clo...

12/05/2021

Broadband Access, Media Consolidation and Diversity Top of Mind for FCC Commissioner Starks

WASHINGTON-Broadband access, media consolidation and diversity within the broadc...

12/05/2021

Local TV Stations Produced More News Than Ever in 2020, RTDNA Finds

WASHINGTON-Local TV news had its biggest year ever, as RTDNA reported a record number of local TV stations aired local news in 2020. According to a survey, 1,11...

12/05/2021

FCC OKs Public TV Datacasting to Access Emergency Connectivity Fund

WASHINGTON-Datacasting equipment and connectivity, which public TV stations have been using to help with remote education, have been deemed eligible by the FCC ...

12/05/2021

FCC's Rosenworcel Calls on Broadcasters to Spread Broadband Word

WASHINGTON-FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is looking for help from broadcasters to get the word out about a new FCC program designed to give broadban...

12/05/2021

Woodside Church Creates Unique Production Values With Telemetrics Robotic Camera Control Systems

In an effort to keep their members engaged-both in person and at home-an emergin...

12/05/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: CHESA's Lance Hukill on Supplying Reliable Production Services in the Cloud

SVG SportsTech On Demand: CHESA's Lance Hukill on Supplying Reliable Product...

12/05/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: LTN's Mike Burk on Simplifying the Transition to Cloud-based Control and Workflows

SVG SportsTech On Demand: LTN's Mike Burk on Simplifying the Transition to C...

12/05/2021

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Editshare's Jeff Barnes on Updates to EFS Collaborative Storage and FLOW Media Management Solutions

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Editshare's Jeff Barnes on Updates to EFS Collabor...

12/05/2021

2021 SVG Venue Roundtable: Production War Stories Details the Challenges of Exterior Factors on Production Professionals on May 26

2021 SVG Venue Roundtable: Production War Stories Details the Challenges of Exte...

12/05/2021

SVG's Silicon Valley Video Initiative Meets with Teradek and Other Vitec Group Companies on May 13

SVG's Silicon Valley Video Initiative Meets with Teradek and Other Vitec Gro...

12/05/2021

Inside the Remote-Production Workflows of Activision Blizzard Esports, Fox Sports, and YES Network

Inside the Remote-Production Workflows of Activision Blizzard Esports, Fox Sport...

12/05/2021

The SVG Podcast: The State of Remote Production Facilities An Industry Primer

The SVG Podcast: The State of Remote Production Facilities An Industry Primer Excutives and engineers from Game Creek Video, Mobile TV Group, NEP Integrated S...

12/05/2021

PESA Expands Focus On Worldwide Channel Operations

PESA Expands Focus On Worldwide Channel Operations Gary Herman Is Now Director of Channel Partner Programs for PESA, the Leading Company for Secure Video, Aud...

12/05/2021

Netflix presents Blasted - A new Norwegian comedy sci-fi inspired by the UFO phenomenon in Hessdalen

Back to All News Netflix presents Blasted - A new Norwegian comedy sci-fi inspi...

12/05/2021

7 Spring Cleaning Tips From The Home Edit That Will Make You Want to Get Organized

Back to All News 7 Spring Cleaning Tips From The Home Edit That Will Make You W...

12/05/2021

Increasing Inclusion and Diversity in Music and Sound

Back to All News Increasing Inclusion and Diversity in Music and Sound Netflix Music Teams Social Impact 12 May 2021 GlobalUnited States Participating Ne...

12/05/2021

Hypergrowth Standout Companies Name IVP as Their Top Later-Stage Partner

Experienced 40-year-old VC firm investing from new $1.8 billion fund dedicated to backing market leading later-stage growth companies Menlo Park, Calif. May ...

12/05/2021

IVP: Backing the Next Wave of Exceptional Growth Companies

Most winters, the world's top surfers flock to Mavericks Beach, just south of San Francisco, in search of opportunities to ride waves cresting at over 60 fe...

12/05/2021

Interra Systems Improves Quality of Transport Streams With New VEGA Vista Software

BCA Events 2012. Events 2013. BCA Events 2013 Interra Systems Improves ...

12/05/2021

Cobalt Enriches Encoders and Decoders with Unique Features

Cobalt Enriches Encoders and Decoders with Unique Features May 11, 2021 Cobalt Enriches Encoders and Decoders with Unique Features Built-in frame synchroniz...

12/05/2021

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Socio Labs to Power the Future

News Summary: Socio Labs' modern event technology platform will advance Cisco's vision to deliver inclusive experiences during in-person, virtual and h...

12/05/2021

Carbon expands its design team with Creative Director Ian Bradley

Carbon expands its design team with Creative Director Ian Bradley data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.j...

12/05/2021

Colorist lodie Ichter Joins Picture Shop

Colorist lodie Ichter Joins Picture Shop data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.jpg data-srcset=https://c...

12/05/2021

Ross Announces Support for AWS for Media & Entertainment Initiative

Ottawa, Canada, May 12th 2021 - Ross Video is pleased to announce support for the AWS for Media & Entertainment initiative from Amazon Web Services (AWS) as par...

12/05/2021

What's New in the Adobe video applications

What's New in the Adobe video applications data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.jpg data-srcset=http...

12/05/2021

New KIA Xceed Commercial Kicks into Gear with the URSA Mini Pro 12K

New KIA Xceed Commercial Kicks into Gear with the URSA Mini Pro 12K data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb...

12/05/2021

The Visual Storytelling Conference is just days away!

The Visual Storytelling Conference is just days away! data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.jpg data-srcs...

12/05/2021

ATEME Launches a Green Delivery Solution for Video Service Providers

ATEME Launches a Green Delivery Solution for Video Service Providers data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthum...

12/05/2021

Isaac Vila chooses Cooke S7/I Full Frame lenses to film Netflix's Below Zero

Isaac Vila chooses Cooke S7/I Full Frame lenses to film Netflix's Below Zero data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c56...

12/05/2021

Taipei's CEO1950 Venue Wines & Dines With AJA KUMO 1616-12G

Taipei's CEO1950 Venue Wines & Dines With AJA KUMO 1616-12G data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.jpg...

12/05/2021

Panavision provides cameras and lenses for Season one of Disney's Launchpad

Panavision provides cameras and lenses for Season one of Disney's Launchpad data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562...

12/05/2021

tvONE Releases Feature Rich CORIOmaster2 Update

tvONE Releases Feature Rich CORIOmaster2 Update data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.jpg data-srcset=htt...

12/05/2021

Hayden5 Expands Global Production Model to Los Angeles

Hayden5 Expands Global Production Model to Los Angeles data-src=https://creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/avatars/263018/5fa08c562aaf4-bpthumb.jpg......

12/05/2021

WRAL-TV's Lamb Talks True Crime and Fiction, Free Virtual Event This Saturday

WRAL-TV Reporter Amanda Lamb WRAL-TV Reporter Amanda Lamb will be talking about...

11/05/2021

MRC: Nielsen Understated TV Numbers for February 2021

NEW YORK-Nielsen's TV viewership numbers were understated for February 2021, this according to an analysis of its procedures by the Media Rating Council'...

11/05/2021

NAB to FCC: Long Past Time' to Decide on Final White Space Rules

WASHINGTON-The National Association of Broadcasters is urging the FCC to stop dithering and make a final decision on its proposal to use a terrain-based model t...

11/05/2021

AIMS TechFest 2021 Opens Registration

BOTHWELL, Wash.-The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has opened registration for the AIMS TechFest 2021 Presents: IP Showcase, a free, live virtual event ...

11/05/2021

Minow Assesses the State of TV 60 Years After Vast Wasteland' Remarks

WASHINGTON-On May 9, 1961, then newly appointed FCC Chairman Newton Minow called television a vast wasteland, criticizing the medium for its violence, inanity...