CBS Sports Will Pay All March Madness Technicians And Utilities, Including Freelancers

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The fallout from Thursday’s coronavirus-driven cancellation of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Tournament will be over $1 billion in ad revenue for CBS and Turner Sports. “There’s no bad guy here,” said one expert, but remedies will almost certainly have to be created.

Lesley Visser To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At 41st Sports Emmys

CBS Strikes Betting Data Partnership

CBS Sports is making a bid to one-up its competitors in the rapidly developing arena for U.S. sports betting. CBS Sports and British bookmaker William Hill struck a partnership that makes William Hill, which has a sizable U.S. presence, the official sports book and provider of wagering data across all CBS Sports properties.

AFC Viewers To Get CBS Sports’ Top Tech

When CBS Sports closes out its NFL season with Sunday’s Tennessee Titans–Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship matchup, it will mark the conclusion of one the network’s most technologically innovative campaigns. From the addition of Field Eye (Line-to-Gain camera technology) to an increase in high-speed cameras to more live aerial shots, the CBS Sports team has significantly boosted its NFL production complement this year and will lift equipment levels even higher for its largest production of the year on Sunday in Kansas City.

CBS Sports Nabs U.S. TV Rights To New 3-On-3 Pro Hockey League

CBS Sports Prepares For Golf Changes

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — CBS Sports, which already has gone through additions and subtractions going into its golf season, had one of the biggest changes when Lance Barrow announced he was stepping down as producer after the 2020 season. Barrow will be succeeded by Sellers Shy, who will increase his duties next year. Shy will […]

CBS Football Announcer Gary Danielson Blasted For Laughing At Photographer’s Injury

Davis Love III Moving To Broadcast Booth At CBS

SHANGHAI (AP) — Peter Kostis and Gary McCord are out at CBS Sports. Davis Love III is in. Sean McManus, the chairman at CBS Sports, announced Tuesday that Love is joining the network as a golf analyst next year. He makes his debut at Torrey Pines in January for the Farmers Insurance Open. McManus described […]

How CBS Covered Woods’ Win At The Masters

CBS was a huge beneficiary of Woods’ win. It was on the air for 10 hours on Sunday because the final round was moved up due to possible inclement weather. CBS started at 9 a.m. ET and had six hours of live coverage followed by a four-hour recap show.

March Madness Streaming On The Rise

Among all sporting events, the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament may be the most tailor-made for streaming video. According to CBS and Turner Sports, which have TV rights to the games and operate the streaming offerings, March Madness Live is setting new records for streams and streaming hours so far, with both categories up by more than 25% compared to last year.

CBS Sports Extends Pact With Professional Bull Riders Through 2028

NCAA Tournament Selection On CBS To Show Bracket 1st Again

NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA Tournament selection show is returning to CBS and its traditional bracket-first format for revealing the field for March Madness. The plan for Sunday is to drop the alphabetical reveal and get right to the bracket. The show will be one hour, start at 6 p.m. EDT and be hosted […]

CBS Sports Nets World Team Tennis Deal

The agreement calls for CBS Sports Network to televise 15 WTT matches through the season beginning July 15, said network officials. The network will also air the semifinals and finals from Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3.

James Brown Gets Ready For Super Bowl Spotlight

On Sunday, Brown, 67, will host the Super Bowl pregame show for the ninth time, between his current employer, CBS, and his former employer, Fox. For years he has served as the buttoned-up straight man on fall Sundays — on Fox he was opposite Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long; at CBS, it’s Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher. He’s one of the most ubiquitous presences in sports television — he’s hosted the Super Bowl pregame show more than anyone other than Brent Musburger — and also one of its longest tenured.

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CBS Pumps Up Super Bowl Tech With 8K, AR

Among the tech innovations on tap are Panasonic 8K cameras, which will be used to generate replays from each end zone, part of the 115 cameras the network will use, including a bevy of Sony 4K replay cameras. And for the first time, CBS will also use a live wireless handheld camera with AR graphics and camera-tracking capability designed to provide real-time virtual graphics from the players’ perspective on the field.

CBS Plans 30+ Hours Of Digital Video Around Super Bowl

CBS Aims To Grow Sports HQ

Armed with a new production studio in Connecticut and broadcast rights to this year’s Super Bowl, CBS Sports is making a push behind its 24-hour streaming channel, CBS Sports HQ.

PGA Signs 11-Year Deal With CBS, ESPN

The networks will combine to deliver 175 hours of coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Financial terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed, though it was clear the PGA Championship is more attractive held in May than in August. The agreement gives CBS and ESPN, which broadcast the Masters, the first two majors of the year.

New Pro Football League In CBS Sports Pact

The Alliance of American Football, founded by Charlie Ebersol and ex-NFL exec Bill Polian, will launch in 2019, a year ahead of Vince McMahon’s competitor XFL 

CBS Reporter Backtracks On Kaepernick Report

NEW YORK (AP) — A CBS Sports reporter clarified his televised report saying quarterback Colin Kaepernick told him he would stand during the national anthem if he played in the NFL again, saying he didn’t actually discuss the issue with the player when they spoke. Jason La Canfora said in a series of tweets on Sunday that […]

CBS Sports Adds Beth Mowins To NFL Teams

Dallas’ Romo Retiring, Joining CBS Sports

Tony Romo is retiring and replacing another former quarterback in Phil Simms on the top NFL broadcasting team for CBS after choosing not to chase that elusive Super Bowl with a team other than the Dallas Cowboys. Romo, who will be paired with play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz.

 

CBS Steps Up Tech Game For Final Four

The collaborative effort between CBS Sports and Turner Sports continues on the operations and engineering at this year’s Final Four, but it’s an “all-CBS” year, and a long-time CBS Sports star, Patty Power, has taken the helm, overseeing the production that features VR, 360-degree replay and 8X super-slo-mo.

CBSSports.com Crashes Before NCAA Tipoff

Lundquist Fights Back Tears During Final Broadcast

CBS Sports Live Streaming NBA Draft Tonight

Larry Lafave Of CBS Sports Dies At 65

Verne Lundquist Leaving ‘SEC On CBS’ After 2016

ESPN Leads 37th Sports Emmy Nominations

Announcer Jim Ross Joins CBS For Boxing

  NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Business is about to pick up for “Good Ol’ J.R.” Jim Ross, best known as a longtime play-by-play voice for World Wrestling Entertainment, has signed on to be a boxing announcer for CBS Sports. His debut will be March 12, the first of eight scheduled monthly events at the Downtown […]

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Super Bowl 50 And Its Lasting Tech Legacy

Super Bowl 50 is in the books and with it a massive effort that arguably will reshape the nature of Super Bowl operations for years to come. Why? Simply because of the sheer number of firsts at this year’s big game that might be here to stay.

Early Ratings: Second-Best Super Bowl Ever

The big game scores a 49.0 rating in metered-market households, behind only last year’s record-setting contest. More accurate numbers will be released later today.

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CBS Sports Relies on Admiral Video Pylon Cam

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CBS Turns Up Tech For Super Bowl Sizzle

Among the innovations CBS Sports has on tap for Sunday’s game at Levi’s Stadium (the control room is above) is a combination of CBS’s super high-res EyeVision 360 camera system, which gives viewers a 360 degree replay perspective on game action, and its virtual first-down and end-zone lines. “If the situation is right, out of the first-down line or end-zone line we are going to bring up vertically a [virtual] transparent pane of glass,” says Ken Aagaard, engineering EVP. “As you revolve around, you can actually see if the ball or the player broke that pane of glass.”

How To Cover A Super Bowl: With 550 Staffers

Super Bowl 50 kicks off at 3:35 p.m. PT Sunday, which means that by 6 that morning the CBS Sports compound of 12 trailers at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco will be buzzing with all the electricity that 32 miles of cable can carry. There are 70 cameras in the stadium, including eight pylon-cams in the end zones, and maybe 100 cameras in all, topped by a cam on the replica Space Needle at California’s Great America next door.

Lesley Visser Combines Grace, Style, Humor

Visser’s résumé as one of the most accomplished sports journalists in the business is well known. She’s the first woman the Boston Globe hired as a sports reporter. She is the first woman to cover the NFL on a regular basis for any media outlet. She is the first woman to be recognized by the NFL Hall of Fame. It’s her role in helping other women grow in the business that is not as publicized. But Visser’s closest friends cite it as quickly and forcefully as any of her many professional accomplishments.

Fantasy Sports Companies Weigh Leaving US

As industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings fight to protect their lucrative enterprises, other companies offering daily fantasy sports are taking different approaches to how they operate as their new industry faces increased scrutiny.

CBS Golf Analyst Feherty Moves To NBC

CBS To Use Pylon Camera For NFL Coverage