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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.”

 ?? FRED­ER­ICK M. BROWN, GETTY IM­AGES ?? From left, Sean McManus, James Brown, Phil Simms, Jack Whi­taker and Jim Nantz ap­pear at an event Jan. 12 in Pasadena, Calif.
FRED­ER­ICK M. BROWN, GETTY IM­AGES From left, Sean McManus, James Brown, Phil Simms, Jack Whi­taker and Jim Nantz ap­pear at an event Jan. 12 in Pasadena, Calif.

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