January 22, 2015

‘Deflategate’ press conference background features ironic hashtag

During a press conference today addressing the so-called “Deflategate” controversy, New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick appeared in front of reporters with a rather ironic hashtag on the step and repeat-style background behind him. The backdrop featured the Gillette logo with the hashtag “#Flexball” beneath it. The Patriots play their home games in the Gillette Stadium and […]

January 5, 2015

ESPN pays tribute to Stuart Scott with darkened studio, empty anchor chair

After airing a moving tribute package to anchor Stuart Scott, who died from cancer Sunday, ESPN left viewers with what was perhaps the most poignant, simple way to say goodbye — an empty anchor chair in a darkened “SportsCenter” studio. The longtime anchor at the sports cable network, who had sat on at least four […]

December 18, 2014

Chicago sportscaster apologizes for ‘cut your wrists’ OTS

Chicago sports anchor Mark Giangreco, during a analysis piece on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, appeared next to a graphic reading “Cut him or cut your wrists.” Viewers of WLS-TV, the ABC O&O in the third largest market, didn’t take kindly to the thinly veiled reference to suicide and flooded the station with complaints. “My […]

December 9, 2014

NBC honored for Sochi Olympics broadcast

NBC Sports Group took home five Olympic Golden Rings awards for its broadcast of the 2014 Sochi games. The biannual awards honor broadcasters for outstanding coverage. Other award winners include BBC, CCTV, Ten and CBC. NBC’s awards included gold for Best Olympics Program, which honored the networks 18 day multichannel broadcast. Other awards received by NBC: […]

November 18, 2014

MSG network adds studio

MSG debuted Studio B in October to better position the regional network for increased programming and to give it a true home. The 1400 square foot set was designed by James Yates Production Design and built by Creative Dimensions and features large brandable areas and flexible layouts. Studio B is located across the hall from Studio […]

November 17, 2014

Fox Sports South overhauls studio

Fox Sports South debuted a new state-of-the-art production studio in October. Based in Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta, the studio renovation created multiple presentation areas for the network and moved it inline with Fox Sports’ new look. “With the studio renovation, our intention was to create a sense of ‘place’ for the fan,” said Gary Hartley, […]

October 22, 2014

Golf network launches with mix of virtual and real set design

BACK9NETWORK recently launched from new studios in Hartford, Connecticut, with carriage from DirecTV. The network worked with FX Design Group to create a series of virtual and hard sets for the launch, which air on various programs including: “The Turn,” “Off Par,” and “The Clubhouse.” “We wanted our set design partner to understand the atmosphere we were looking […]

October 21, 2014

Seattle station mixes up Peyton Manning, Gary Payton

KOMO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, has found itself in a bit of a name mixup. The station, which was covering Peyton (note the spelling of “Peyton”) Manning’s new touchdown record, put up an OTS with what it thought was Manning’s photo. The photo was actually of Gary Payton (note the spelling of “Payton” here). Not only is […]

October 7, 2014

RCS powers football coverage for Norway’s SBS Discovery

Scandinavian media group, SBS Discovery enlisted graphics technology provider Reality Check Systems (RCS) and sports production company Fotball Media to rebrand its on-air image ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 football qualifies and 2018 FIFA World Cup. “After purchasing the rights, we knew we’d need an innovative technology partner that could build us a graphics […]

September 30, 2014

Sportsnet unveils massive ‘Hockey Central’ studio

Canadian sports network, Sportsnet unveiled the largest sports studio in the country Monday, home to the channels hockey coverage. At 11,000 square feet, the set includes nine separate mini-sets and 52 HD monitors. The studio will debut October 8, opening night for the NHL season, and was designed by Jack Morton PDG. “Our hosts and […]