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he says of the game in which his Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10. “I went there my fourth year, by the time you go back you realize the path to get there is a journey. I think you appreciate it later in your career than early.”
CBS plans seven hours of pregame coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Simms will host an hourlong show that will highlight a player or coach who represents each decade of Super Bowls leading up to the 50th game.
During the game, Barrow says, there will be (as there have been throughout the season leading up to Super Bowl 50) vignettes of past Super Bowls. But the game itself will have far more technology than even the most forwardthinking producers of the past could have predicted. It includes:
uMuch like the cameras on ESPN that were a hit for viewers in the College Football Playoff championship game, CBS is incorporating eight custom-molded pylons that house 16 cameras on the goal lines and sidelines.
uEyeVision 360, a system of 36 cameras strung around the upper deck, allows the network to give viewers a 360-degree view of Levi’s Stadium. The network has used this technology at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the last few years, Barrow says, but this is the first year it’s been in Levi’s Stadium.
“You can basically flip the video around, if you’re looking at it, and you’re able to see some really unbelievable looking replays and teaching tools that Phil Simms can use in his broadcast,” Barrow says.
While other networks also have the 360 technology, Bryant says he thinks the advanced graphics CBS uses with different types of replay angles make them a unique experience for viewers.
The Super Bowl, of course, is the most important show the network will produce, so the team is expansive.
In all, there will be 550 people, 70 cameras and 12 trucks working behind the scenes of the game and pregame.
NFL Today hosts James Brown, Tony Gonzalez, Cowher, Bart Scott and Boomer Esiason will start the pregame show four hours before the game along with guests, including Ian Eagle, Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Amy Trask, Jason La Canfora, Allie LaForce and Jim Rome.
Jim Nantz and Simms will call the game, and Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn will be reporting. The halftime show will include Coldplay and Beyoncé, who last performed at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Bryant was also on the team at that Super Bowl. One lesson that came out of that one, of course, was to have more backup plans should there be another in-game blackout.
“We are covered; we always put backup plans in place if there are power outages,” Bryant says. “We’ve enhanced it from New Orleans. We’ve taken it to another level, and we will be covered in as many aspects as possible.
“We always want to improve, so if it was something that wasn’t perfect, we’re going to look to make it perfect the next time around.”