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Drone and SkyCam Take Center Stage at NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four

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Aerial cameras have been a focal point in live sports production at the ongoing NCAA Menu2019s Basketball Final Four at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Jointly spearheaded by technology and operational heads Chris Brown from TNT Sports and Jason Cohen from CBS Sports, the collaboration has continued from last yearu2019s event with a heightened emphasis on live drone coverage inside the stadium bowl.

After skipping the use of SkyCam last year due to structural limitations, this year sees the triumphant return of the popular aerial system to the camera lineup, enhancing the viewing experience for fans.

One of the standout features of this year’s production is the live drone provided by CNN AIR, marking a significant advancement in integrating drones for live sports coverage. This drone, allowed to roam more freely within the stadium, promises to bring unique perspectives and new ways to present the game to viewers

With greater permissions secured from the NCAA and State Farm Stadium, the live drone at the Menu2019s Final Four can now maneuver around the stadium for a more dynamic viewing experience

Chris Brown and Jason Cohen noted that this progression marks a substantial step forward in drone technology integration in sports, with safety and methodical planning at the forefront of their approach

Aside from the drone and SkyCam, the production features an array of over 75 cameras inside the stadium, including jibs, super slow-mos, robo-cams, and 4K-equipped cameras

Game Creek Videou2019s Encore multi-truck production facilities and NEP Groupu2019s ST27 are central to the live game coverage, highlighting the technological prowess behind the event

Noteworthy crew members from TNT Sports and CBS Sports, along with various managerial and technical personnel, are instrumental in ensuring the smooth execution of this complex production

Rachel Adams

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