SVG Summit: Replay, Player Mics Bring Basketball Viewers Closer to the Action

In case you missed this year’s SVG Summit, Dec. 15-16 at the New York Hilton Hotel, SVG has assembled video highlights of every single Day Two session, allowing you to see what you may have missed during the day’s keynote conversations and panels. Full videos of every session will be available on the SVG Members page in the coming days, but SVG will showcase the best moments in a series of stories this week.

When it comes to technology, the NBA is one of the leaders in innovation. 2014 was a big calendar year for the league as the NBA introduced a new centralized replay center that has dramatically changed how games are officiated and how the television product is produced.

At the SVG Summit last week, experts in NBA production outlined the new frontier of basketball entertainment. In a panel moderated by NBA EVP, Operations and Technology Steve Hellmuth, these topics were analyzed by NBA SVP, Replay and Referee Operations Joe Borgia; Turner Sports Director of Technical Operations Chris Brown; ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer Tim Corrigan; MSG Networks SVP and Executive Producer Jeff Filippi; and FOX Sports Regional Networks VP, Production and Coordinating Producer Christopher Lincoln.

In addition to the replay center, the panel discussed how TV crews are taking a more storytelling approach to the review of close calls and how the league’s initiative to place microphones on players and make it available to all broadcasters is a huge plus for the league’s connection with casual fans and viewers.

Corrigan, Lincoln, and Filippi agree that placing microphones on players is giving the league a new level of intimacy with fans and viewers:

Borgia outlines the NBA’s new replay review center and dives into lessons learned through the first couple of months:

Hellmuth describes why the league designed the replay center to look like a studio:

Filippi and Borgia outline how the new replay system has changed the television production:

Corrigan, Lincoln, and Brown say training their talent to better understand the review process was critical:

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