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September 17, 2009

NBC ready to cover punts, video board

If either punter Sunday night boots one high enough to reach the giant video board that hangs 90 feet above the Cowboys Stadium field, NBC cameras will catch it.

 

NBC, which will televise the Cowboys’ home opener against the New York Giants, is altering how it tracks punts. Instead of focusing on the coverage and the returner, cameras will be fixated on the ball.

 

We’re going to start initially tracking the ball live because people are going to be wondering about that right away,” NBC Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli said on a teleconference Thursday. “And then as the game goes on we’ll see. We may just track it in replays. But, initially we are going to cover the punts a little bit differently than we normally would.”

 

The video board became a raging controversy after a Tennessee Titans punter hit it during the first preseason game at the new stadium. That punt is the only one to bounce off the undercarriage of the 60-yard long video board.

 

Jeff Caplan

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