Super Bowl LII: NBC's Production of The Big Game – By the Numbers
NBC Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl LII begins Sunday, February 4, at Noon ET from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. To produce this year’s game, NBC Sports will use a crew of more than 500 employees, 106 cameras, 50 miles of cable, 14 mobile units, and a massive collection of additional tools and resources.
In addition to live coverage of the game, NBC Sports will deliver six hours of pre-game coverage, and more than 10 NBCSN and NBCUniversal shows will report from Minneapolis during Super Bowl week. NBC Sports Group alone will present 200-plus hours of Super Bowl coverage during the week.
Al Michaels will call Super Bowl LII alongside Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya. Michaels will become only the second television commentator to earn 10 Super Bowl play-by-play assignments – joining former CBS and FOX announcer Pat Summerall (11). Collinsworth and Tafoya will each work their fourth Super Bowl.
Listed below are some key metrics about NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Super Bowl LII:
- 1 ND1 – NBC Sports’ state-of-the-art, remote production unit designed and built by NEP. The Emmy Award-winning Sunday Night Football production team, led by Fred Gaudelli (executive producer) and Drew Esocoff (director), will use ND1 to produce Super Bowl LII
- 2 SkyCams NBC will use to cover the game (including “High Sky”), marking the first-time any network has featured dual SkyCams for Super Bowl coverage
- 3 Number of Super Bowls streamed on NBC Sports Digital, powered by Playmaker Media. The most by any U.S. broadcaster partner.
- 5 60-second advertising spots NBC will showcase throughout Super Bowl Sunday, including one at halftime, to promote the PyeongChang Olympics
- 7 Number of 4K UHD cameras being used to cover the game
- 10 Hours of unauthenticated streaming coverage available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout Super Bowl Sunday
- 10 + NBCUniversal shows onsite or reporting from Minneapolis
- 14 Mobile units
- 19 Super Bowls NBC has broadcast (including LII)
- 32 Years Al Michaels has been the voice of the premier primetime NFL package
- 50 Miles of camera and microphone cable
- 60 Combined Sports Emmy Awards for Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, executive producer Fred Gaudelli, and director Drew Esocoff
- 100 + Hours of coverage from NBC Sports Boston and NBC Sports Philadelphia on the Patriots and Eagles, respectively, during Super Bowl week
- 106 Cameras used for Super Bowl (76 – including 20 pylon cameras) and pre-game (30) coverage
- 130 Microphones
- 500 + NBC Sports Group employees on site in Minneapolis
- 700 Hotel rooms used by NBC over a two-week period in the Twin Cities
- 1500 Meals served to crew members on gameday
- 264,000 Feet of camera and microphone cable