Tuesday, February 13, 2024Backblaze's Elton Carneiro on How Cloud Storage Can Maximize Production EfficiencyAs many in the sports-production sector look to migrate more of their media workflows to the cloud, everyone is on the lookout for affordable, user-friendly platforms to make their lives easier. The Backblaze Storage Cloud provides a foundation for media organizations to build applications, host content, manage media, back up and archive data, and more. Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage offers an always-hot, performant, and S3-compatible solution that features enterprise-ready security and compliance at 1/5 the cost of AWS S3 with 3x free egress, according to the company. The company recently announced the launch of Powered by Backblaze, which helps independent software vendors (ISVs), technology partners, and other companies take the complexity out of offering object storage within their branded user experience so that they can focus on enabling customer success and growing revenue. Powered by Backblaze offers companies the ability to incorporate B2 Cloud Storage into their products seamlessly, empowering them to sell more services or enhance their user experience with no capital investment. Today, this program offers two features that support the provisioning of B2 Cloud Storage: Custom Domains and the Backblaze Partner API. In this SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, Elton Carneiro, Backblaze, Senior Director, Partnerships, discusses the launch of Power by Backblaze, how its cloud-storage platform compares to others in the market, and how sports-media organizations can take their production ecosystem into the cloud with Backblaze.Monday, January 29, 2024Cheqroom's Vincent Theeten on Alleviating Operational, Logistical StressLive sports productions, big and small, require varying scales of equipment, technologies, and other hardware. With the days on the sports calendar coming one after the other, it sometimes becomes quite hard to keep track where all of these physical objects are. That's where Cheqroom comes in. Armed with the expertise of tracking where your gear is and managing its timely arrival, the company is there to alleviate stress and ensure that all logistics are being handled properly. In this SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, Cheqroom's CEO and Founder Vincent Theeten highlights how their role in the sports-video-production industry is important, the relationships that the company has with broadcasters, leagues, and teams, and how trends like mobile/lightweight productions are making their solutions more prevalent in 2024.Monday, January 29, 2024Leia Inc.'s Nima Zeighami on Making 3D Accessible to EveryoneWith the need for high-quality technology and workflows, creating three-dimensional content can be pretty expensive. Aiming to make 3D accessible and affordable for everyone, Leia Inc. is striving towards making that a realistic possibility. Through solutions like LeiaSR, display-based personal devices can be transformed into immersive 3D experiences with the help of hardware and software innovation. In this SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, Leia Inc.’s Director of Product Nima Zeighami breaks down how they're providing 3D without the need of eyeglasses, how the release of the Apple Vision Pro this year will enhance the need of Leia's services for sports fans watching games at home, and why sports leagues and teams are migrating to VR-specific experiences in the next 12 to 24 months.Friday, January 19, 2024ESPN's Tina Thornton on Graphics Innovation and Adding Marketing to Her PlateESPN has built a reputation for pushing the envelope and finding ways to innovate in the live game broadcast. Over the past year, the network's Creative Studio division has led the way, delivering unique presentations built off volumetric tracking data with the NHL Big City Greens Classic and Toy Story Funday Football. At the 2023 SVG Summit, our Kristian Hernandez spoke with Tina Thornton, Executive Vice President, Creative Studio and Marketing at ESPN to discuss the potential of mixing high-end sports tech innovation with valuable Disney intellectual property, how she's added the responsibilities of overseeing marketing to her busy schedule, and what she's looking forward to in 2024.Wednesday, January 17, 2024Vindral CEO Daniel Alinder on Bringing Viewers Unique Experiences Via StreamingIn an era where streaming is becoming a more common mass distribution method for major live sports, key components like low latency, synchronized playout, and crisp image quality are all in a critical balancing act on the back end to delivery a quality product for the viewer at home. In this SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, we meet Vindral and learn all about the software and services they are providing to take live streaming to the next level it needs to be. Our Kristian Hernandez speaks with Vindral CEO Daniel Alinder to get the skinny on the company's flagship solutions and a peek at some of the high-profile work they have already done.Wednesday, January 17, 2024ESPN's Sara Gaiero on Bolstering Productions of Pro and College Women's BasketballWomen's basketball is booming across the board; especially at ESPN where, in 2023, both the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four and the WNBA Finals saw massive increases in ratings. Recently promoted to the role of VP, Production at ESPN, Sara Gaiero is now overseeing all women's hoops at the network and her team is finding new and innovative ways to elevate the level of coverage expected from those games. At the SVG Summit, our Brandon Costa caught up with Gaiero to reflect on an exciting WNBA Finals, to discuss her new responsibilities, and to see what she's looking forward to in 2024.Tuesday, January 16, 2024Multicasting.io Founder Nematolah Kashanian on Blending User-Generated Content Into Live BroadcastUser-generated content (UGC) has become more common across major brand's social media strategies, but when will we see content coming from smartphones in the stadium or arena become a part of a live broadcast? It might not be too far off. Multicasting.io's Founder & Chief Innovations Officer Nematolah Kashanian joins us to share how his company's service is empowering live content producers of all sizes to revolutionize their live shows and drive deeper engagement with their audiences via UGC-sourcing tools in the cloud.Tuesday, January 9, 2024Streann Media's Gio Punzo on the Emergence of TV 3.0, Adding More Points for Fan EngagementAiming to place fans and users into the center of their efforts, Streann Media used the past year to make further advancements on this front. At the SVG Summit, Streann Media's CEO Gio Punzo highlights the company's work with TV 3.0 in 2023, how AI will prove pivotal to their success, and adding more points for fan engagement to their platform.Friday, January 5, 2024LiveU's Janel Moorefield on Supporting Lightweight Productions, Offering Replay in the Cloud in 2024Over the past year, LiveU expanded their portfolio of live production and bonded cellular capabilities that allowed their customers to pull off events from remote locations. Through the release of numerous products to bolster their offerings, the company is set up nicely for an even better 2024. At the SVG Summit, LiveU's Vice President, Sports, Sales, Janel Moorefield spotlights how their efforts are aimed towards enabling lightweight and on-the-go productions for maximum efficiency and previews their work of bringing replay solutions to the cloud for clients operating in a hybrid environment.Thursday, January 4, 2024Telemundo Deportes' Eli Velazquez on First Year in New Role, Building Excitement for 2024 and BeyondSince the conclusion of the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup in Qatar, Telemundo Deportes' Eli Velazquez experienced an exhilarating 2023: the industry veteran took over the overall direction of the division when he was promoted to EVP of Sports last March, Copa Mundial won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Studio Show in Spanish for their onsite coverage in Doha, he and his team helped shepherd production and operations of the Spanish-language network's coverage of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and the acquisition of numerous media rights including exclusive U.S. coverage of Las Chivas de Guadalajara as well as the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams. At the 2023 SVG Summit, Velazquez breaks down his first year in this new role, reflects on the success of last summer's international women's soccer tournament, the initiatives that have been implemented and the media rights that have been expanded under his leadership, a preview of their efforts at the Summer Olympics in Paris, and how all of this progress is building momentum towards the 2026 FIFA Men's World Cup in the United States.Tuesday, January 2, 2024YES Network's John Filippelli on Investing Innovation to Improve Live Game StorytellingIn a time of transition for the regional sports network industry, the New York-based YES Network has continued investing in its coverage of the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, and more. However, what technologies and innovations the network commits to ultimately comes down to whether it enhances storytelling. At the 2023 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman spoke with a Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer: John Filippelli, Executive Producer and President, Production and Programming for YES Network to discuss how he and his team remain committed to quality.Friday, December 22, 2023The Switch's Christian Kneuer on Investing In JPEG XS and JPEG 2000Compression technologies continue to advance and for critical broadcast vendors like The Switch, investing in what the customers want and need is a constant battle. At the 2023 SVG Summit, our Kristian Hernández spoke with Christian Kneuer, SVP, Sales for The Switch to discuss the latest with JPEG XS and JPEG 2000, as well as get his take on what trends he's keeping an eye on heading into 2024.Friday, December 22, 2023RSN Execs Discuss Maintaining Broadcast Integrity in an Era When Teams Own More NetworksAt a time in sports broadcasting where, more increasingly, regional sports networks delivering live games are owned by the team themselves, how does the broadcast maintain its integrity and deliver true analysis to the fan? Commenting on this topic during a panel discussion at the 2023 SVG Summit were: - Friday Abernethy, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, GM, Network - John J. Filippelli, YES Network, President, Production & Programming; Executive Producer - Jon Slobotkin, NBC Sports Regional Networks, SVP, Content and Live Programming - Howard Zalkowitz, NESN, Executive ProducerFriday, December 22, 2023YES Network's John J. Filippelli Stresses the Need to Remain Committed to Quality Game ProductionEven during a challenging era for the regional sports network business, the YES Network in New York continues to raise the bar for what RSN broadcasts are capable of with their coverage of the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, and more. During a panel discussion at the 2023 SVG Summit, John J. Filippelli, President, Production & Programming; Executive Producer for the YES Network and a Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer shared his belief that, even as budgets tighten and teams take a controlling ownership of networks, sports production professionals need to remain committed to delivering a quality product.Friday, December 22, 2023NESN's Howard Zalkowitz Breaks Down Innovations on Red Sox, Bruins Broadcasts at the Boston RSNFrom placing microphones on more players to adding a camera in the Boston Red Sox dugout, 2023 was another year of experimentation at NESN as the Massachusetts-based regional sports network looked to bring fans closer to the action than ever before. During a panel discussion at the 2023 SVG Summit, NESN's Executive Producer Howard Zalkowitz shared some of his favorite tools and toys from the past year.Friday, December 22, 2023Bally Sports' Mike Connelly on Innovating Production in Challenging Times for RSNsThe RSN industry experienced a turbulent year in 2023 abut even the folks working on live sports broadcasts at Bally Sports are finding new and innovative ways to deliver coverage to their teams' fans. At the 2023 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman spoke with Mike Connelly, SVP and Executive Producer for Bally Sports to get his take on the technologies he's keeping an eye on heading into the new year.Friday, December 22, 2023Sponix Tech implements remote virtual advertising firstSponix Tech has successfully implemented the first-ever remote virtual advertising services in a league game with extended shots of main and offside cameras.Thursday, December 21, 2023ESPN's “Spike” Szykowny on the Fun Challenge of Animated Alternate BroadcastsThe concept of the alternate broadcast reached new heights in 2023 as ESPN invested in real-time animated recreations of live sporting events with the Big City Greens NHL Classic and Toy Story Funday Football with the NFL. At the 2023 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman spoke with Michael “Spike” Szykowny, Edit + Animation + Graphics Innovation + Production & Playout for ESPN Creative Studio to get a better understanding of what the challenge was like in taking a large load of volumetric data and turning it into cartoon magic.Thursday, December 21, 2023LTN's Rick Young and Colin Moran on Expanding Versioning Solutions for SportsIt's been a big 2023 for the team at LTN with the company supporting thousands of live sports events across the country. Most notably, the brand's LTN Arc service - which handles all aspects of versioning for live events - was increasingly popular. At the 2023 SVG Summit, our Kristian Hernandez caught up with LTN's SVP, Global Products Rick Young and VP of Production Products Colin Moran to discuss the company's commitment to solutions built with a focus on versioning live, the increased popularity of FAST channels, and more.Thursday, December 21, 2023ESPN's Sara Gaiero on Campaigning for More Production Resources for WNBA, College Hoops BroadcastsThe ratings for women’s sports continue to climb to record levels and that, in turn, drives the need for better and deeper productions. In her new role, ESPN's VP, Production Sara Gaiero now oversees all women's basketball ranging from the WNBA to college. How have recent successes helped her campaign for bigger and better shows and how is that conversation changing?Thursday, December 21, 2023Patricia Lowry Reflects on a NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four to RememberThe ratings for women’s sports continue to climb to record levels and that, in turn, drives the need for better and deeper productions. Perhaps the biggest women's sports television event occurred in 2023 at the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Game. Patricia Lowry, President of GameTime Productions and a former ESPN executive shared some big numbers from the television broadcast.Thursday, December 21, 2023Octagon's Emily Sisson Shares Social Listening Data Around Major Televised Women's Sports BroadcastsThe ratings for women’s sports continue to climb to record levels and that, in turn, drives the need for better and deeper productions. At the 2023 SVG Summit, Emily Sisson, SVP, Business Development at Octagon shared social media data her company collected during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.Wednesday, December 20, 2023Alternate Broadcasts: Direct Fan Interaction During the Live Game with HANG Media's Jon KleinWhen it comes to hot trends in sports production, the rise of alternate broadcasts as a way to engage viewers continues to become a bigger part of not only national broadcasts but also regional shows. One of the more prominent flavors of this type of production feature interactive video chatrooms when viewers can speak directly with former athletes and celebrities while watching a live game. At the 2023 SVG Summit, Jon Klein, Co-Founder and CEO of HANG Media shares how his company is building these types of unique experiences.Wednesday, December 20, 2023Alternate Broadcasts: ESPN's “Spike” Szykowny on the Complexity of "Toy Story Funday Football"When it comes to hot trends in sports production, the rise of alternate broadcasts as a way to engage viewers continues to become a bigger part of not only national broadcasts but also regional shows. Perhaps the most complex flavor of this type of production is the animated broadcasts that ESPN has created both around Big City Greens for the NHL and Toy Story Funday Football with the NFL. At the 2023 SVG Summit, Michael “Spike” Szykowny, Studio, Edit + Animation + Graphics Innovation + Production & Playout for ESPN Creative offers a peek at the hard work that goes into pulling off these shows in real-time while relying on tracking and statistical data from various sources.Wednesday, December 20, 2023Alternate Broadcasts: ESPN's Drew Gallagher on the Changing Face of the "Manningcast"When it comes to hot trends in sports production, the rise of alternate broadcasts as a way to engage viewers continues to become a bigger part of not only national broadcasts but also regional shows. Perhaps the most prominent flavor of this type of production is the Sports Emmy Award-winning "Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli" which is commonly referred to as simply the "Manningcast." At the 2023 SVG Summit, ESPN Coordinating Producer Drew Gallagher shares the latest on the show (in its second season) and reflects on a night where the show actually covered two shows simultaneously.Wednesday, December 20, 2023Alternate Broadcasts: NBC Sports' Danielle Cranin on the Gambling and the "BetCast"When it comes to hot trends in sports production, the rise of alternate broadcasts as a way to engage viewers continues to become a bigger part of not only national broadcasts but also regional shows. One of the more prominent flavors of this type of production is alternate productions is designed around sports betting. At the 2023 SVG Summit, NBC Sports' Senior Director, Content Integration & Partnerships Danielle Cranin shared the philosophies behind their "Betcasts" which NBC Sports RSNs have been producing for the past few years.Wednesday, December 20, 2023Monumental Sports Network GM Friday Abernethy on Launching the Newest Regional Sports NetworkEarlier this fall, the newest regional sports network launched as Monumental Sports Network emerged in the Washington D.C. area. The project has included the onboarding of an entirely new brand (the network took over for the old NBC Sports Washington), the construction of a new faciklity, and even the debut of a direct-to-consumer streaming product. At the 2023 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman spoke with Monumental Sports Network's General Manager Friday Abernethy about what the build was like, how the first few months have gone, and what's to come.Tuesday, December 19, 2023Augmented Reality Graphics in the Live Game: Sports TV Execs Offer Their OpinionsReal-time augmented reality graphics are becoming a mainstay in the live sports broadcast. How are they changing how viewers view the game and, for the producers themselves, is it always worth the sizable investment? Sports TV execs offered their opinions as part of a panel discussion at this year's SVG Summit. The discussion included: Chris Brown, WBD Sports, VP, Tech Operations Jason Cohen, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, VP, Remote Technical Operations Mike Davies, Fox Sports, EVP, Technical and Field Operations; SVG Chairman. Susan Stone, MLB Network, SVP, Operations and Engineering Tina Thornton, ESPN, EVP, Creative Studio and MarketingTuesday, December 19, 2023Alternate Broadcasts: Sports TV Execs Explain Why and For WhoAlternate broadcasts became increasingly popular in live sports in 2023. Why are more broadcasters doing them? What is the goal of them? At the 2023 SVG Summit, key leaders from major sports networks shared their thoughts on this emerging flavor of live content. The discussion included: Chris Brown, WBD Sports, VP, Tech Operations Jason Cohen, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, VP, Remote Technical Operations Mike Davies, Fox Sports, EVP, Technical and Field Operations; SVG Chairman. Susan Stone, MLB Network, SVP, Operations and Engineering Tina Thornton, ESPN, EVP, Creative Studio and MarketingTuesday, December 19, 2023CBS Sports' Jason Cohen Chats Super Bowl LVIII Prep2024 starts with a bang for CBS Sports as the network will carry Super Bowl LVIII. It's a notable one as its the first time since 2019 that CBS will be able to produce a Super Bowl in traditional conditions (the last time they had the game was the first Super Bowl following COVID in 2021). So how's preparation for the Big Game in Las Vegas going? At the 2023 SVG Summit, our Jason Dachman caught up with Jason Cohen, VP, Remote Technical Operations at CBS Sports to chat about what tech tools and enhancements he's keeping an eye on heading into the new year.Monday, December 18, 2023Remote Production Execs Share how Service-Level Agreements are Changing Their Relationship with GearOne of the most notable changes in the ways remote production companies operate is the rise in service-level agreements (SLA) with technology vendor partners. How have SLAs altered the business of investing in a line of gear and are the effects on their overall truck a positive one? Discussing this topic at the 2023 SVG Summit were: - Mary Ellen Carlyle, Dome Productions, SVP and GM - Robert Carzoli, Program Productions, Chairman - Nick Garvin, Mobile TV Group, COO Pat Sullivan, Game Creek Video, President - Mike Werteen, NEP Broadcast Services, Global President Watch the full panel discussion now at svgplay.sportsvideo.org.Monday, December 18, 2023Remote Production Companies Feel the Pinch of Rising Interest RatesA rapid rise in interest rates is a key economic trend that any American has felt the pinch on. The remote production industry has been no different as the demand is still there to build more trucks even in an era where REMI is on the rise. Dome Productions' SVP and GM Mary Ellen Carlyle, Mobile TV Group's COO Nick Garvin, and Game Creek Video's President Pat Sullivan share their thoughts on how capital spending was impacted in 2023. Watch the full panel discussion now at svgplay.sportsvideo.org.Monday, December 18, 2023Remote Production Execs Discuss Highs and Lows From Turbulent 2023Change is constant in the world of remote production and never more so than in 2023. There are more ways than ever to produce an event thanks to cloud services, fiber connectivity, and IP but there is still plenty of demand for trucks to be on site. At the 2023 SVG Summit, top executives from the remote production community discuss the challenges and opportunities facing their companies from the past year. Panelists include: Mary Ellen Carlyle, Dome Productions, SVP and GM Robert Carzoli, Program Productions, Chairman Nick Garvin, Mobile TV Group, COO Pat Sullivan, Game Creek Video, President Mike Werteen, NEP Broadcast Services, Global President Watch the full panel discussion now at svgplay.sportsvideo.org.Monday, December 18, 2023Warner Bros. Discovery's Chris Brown on WBD Sports' Expansion in Remote Production via IP TransportWarner Bros. Discovery Sports is cooking. Fresh off the NBA's inaugural In-Season Tournament, the media power is now prepping for the latest NHL Winter Classic and set for another busy winter of NBA and NHL regular season action. Perhaps the biggest changes coming the WBD Sports, however, may be occurring behind the scenes. Renovations are underway at the network's Techwood facility in Atlanta when the operations and engineering teams are leaning into remote production built on the backbone of IP transport. That means more centralized control rooms based in WBD Sports' headquarters. At the 2023 SVG Summit, Warner Bros. Discovery's VP, Tech Operations Chris Brown spoke with our Brandon Costa about the efforts currently underway to move WBD Sports into its next generation of live sports production.Friday, December 15, 2023AWS' Jason Dvorkin on Cloud Production, Generative AI, and Monetization in Live SportsNearing the conclusion of what's been a big year for AWS in our little world of sports media, AWS has placed its focus squarely on three key categories: live production in the cloud, generative artificial intelligence, and monetization. At the 2023 SVG Summit, SVG's Kristian Hernandez caught up with Jason Dvorkin, Media & Entertainment Industry Specialist, BD Leader for AWS to discuss all of the work being done by the company and where he sees AWS technology empowering new flavors of live sports video.Friday, December 15, 2023Chrosziel's Michael Burnham on Building Broadcast Equipment for the IndustryThe Sports Video Group is delighted to welcome Chrosziel as a new corporate sponsor. Since 1973, Chrosziel specializes in innovation, design, and building professional camera equipment and lens testing instrument solutions for the entire marketplace. In this new SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, Chrosziel's International Sales Manager, Americas, Michael Burnham, provides an overview of the company's offerings, how they're serving professionals in sports video production, and the trends that they think will make in impact over the next year.Friday, December 15, 2023Media.Monks' Lewis Smithingham on Handling Disruption as a Digital-First CompanyThe Sports Video Group is delighted to welcome Media.Monks as a new corporate sponsor. By combining media, data, social, platforms, studio, experience, brand, and technology services, the company is helping clients continuously reinvent themselves throughout increasingly rapid cycles of disruption. In this SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, SVP, Innovation and Creative Solutions, Lewis Smithingham, outlines the services being provided to the industry, the sports-centric projects that the company is involved in, how they're attacking the challenges of today's media landscape as a digital-first entity, and some of the key topics that they want to dive deeper into in 2024.Friday, December 15, 2023Varnish Software's Adrian Herrera on Content Delivery for Teams, NetworksSports Video Group is delighted to welcome Varnish Software as a new corporate sponsor. Known for their high-performance content delivery since their inception in 2005, the company's solutions are making a positive impact within popular brands like Nikon, Sky, Emirates and Tesla. In sports, the most successful soccer club in the Netherlands, Ajax, is relying on their services as well. In this SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, Varnish Software's CMO Adrian Herrera chats with SVG’s Director of Digital Brandon Costa about the company's overall vision and mission, how they're assisting sports teams and major networks in the United States with their needs, and industry trends that they're keeping an eye on to better serve their clients.Friday, December 15, 2023Genius Sports’ Sean Conroy on Infusing Live Data Into Broadcasts, Live StreamingThe Sports Video Group is delighted to welcome Genius Sports as a new corporate sponsor. Known for integrating real-time data into sports broadcasts and live streaming to drive audience engagement, the company is involved in the new wave of productions. In this SVG New Sponsor Spotlight, EVP, North America, Sean Conroy, details the solutions that the company provides the sports-broadcasting industry, outlines recent partnerships with the National Football League in the U.S. and Premier League Productions overseas, breaks down how alternative broadcasts are driving new digital-centric experiences, and highlights other industry trends that are impacting their business.Friday, December 15, 2023Epic Drone Tours' CEO Jack Spitser on the Potential of FPV Drones in Live SportsDrones have been taking the sports video industry by storm over the past couple of years. How are they changing the game when it comes to producing both live and post-produced content? The company's CEO Jack Spitser sits down with SVG's Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services Ken Kerschbaumer to break down how the new company grew from offering drone tours of properties during the pandemic to taking on high-end production work with sports clients. He also shares his thoughts on the potential growth of the use of drones in live sports coverage as restrictions continue to lesser and how the performance of FPV drones is only getting better.Thursday, December 14, 2023ESPN's Drew Gallagher Breaks Down Special Two-Game Edition of "Manningcast"The popular "Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli" has become the benchmark in alternative live productions of sporting events. On December 11, ESPN and Omaha Productions took the program to a new level by having the Manning Bros. track two games simultaneously. At the 2023 SVG Summit, ESPN's coordinating producer Drew Gallagher spoke with SVG's Brandon Costa to analyze what went well and what was learned from the unique episode of the "Manningcast" and offers his opinion on what programming and technology he is looking forward to seeing more of in 2024.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Ernie Johnson, Jr.Over the past 30 years, one studio show has cemented its place as the greatest in its class: TNT’s Inside the NBA. Although he would be the last to admit it, much of the program’s success reflects its smart, steady, and gifted host, Ernie Johnson Jr.: one of sports broadcasting’s great audience surrogates. In addition to hosting Inside the NBA for 34 years, the six-time Sports Emmy Award winner has hosted studio coverage for TNT Sports and CBS’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 2011 and has been an integral part of MLB on TBS game and studio coverage since 2007. Throughout his storied career at TNT Sports, Johnson — son of former longtime Atlanta Braves radio and television commentator Ernie Johnson Sr. — has been a mainstay of TNT sports coverage from professional golf — PGA Championship, British Open, PGA Grand Slam — to NFL, Wimbledon, and Olympics in the early ’90s. In one of the most memorable moments of the ceremony, Johnson's longtime Inside the NBA cohorts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kenny Smith surprised him on stage as he accepted his award.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Lance BarrowFrom the greens of Augusta National to the gridiron of Super Bowl Sunday, Lance Barrow has had an indelible impact not only on the CBS Sports legacy but on the entire sports-broadcasting industry. During more than 40 years at CBS Sports, he created some of the most memorable moments in sports-television history as coordinating/lead producer of CBS’s golf coverage and NFL coverage for two decades. The 13-time Emmy Award winner started his career at CBS Sports as a spotter for Pat Summerall in 1976 and proceeded to produce the Masters, the PGA Championship, PGA TOUR golf, four Super Bowls, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Olympic Winter games, Daytona 500, and more.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Tony PetittiIn the storied history of sports broadcasting, few stories are as expansive as that of Tony Petitti’s career. In key roles overseeing programming and production, running TV networks on the local and national level, in Major League Baseball’s front office, in corporate America, and now as commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, he has seemingly done it all in more than three decades in the business. And he has done it all while maintaining his status as one of the most respected and esteemed figures in the industry. Prior to becoming Big Ten commissioner, Petitti served in senior executive roles for ABC, CBS, and NBC Sports. He helped create the Bowl Championship Series to determine college football’s national champion and joined Major League Baseball in 2008 to create, launch, and oversee programming at MLB Network before being promoted to the league’s chief operating officer.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Jeff ZacharyIt isn’t very often that a child in front of the camera becomes enraptured by what is going on behind it, but that is what happened to Jeff Zachary, who, as a child, appeared in Armour hot-dog commercials. That youthful interest became a Hall of Fame career for Zachary, who is considered one of the all-time-great Steadicam operators. The first person to bring Steadicam to NFL coverage and the winner of 11 Sports Emmys, he brought a new angle of coverage to countless events. Among the highlights of his 47-year career as a camera operator: Ali vs. Holmes 1980; FIFA World Cup Finals 1994; 26 NBA All-Star Games/Slam Dunk Contests; 12 Super Bowls; 15 Kentucky Derbys; 13 MLB All-Star Home Run Derbys; U.S. Open Golf; 36 years of ABC’s Monday Night Football, ESPN’s and NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Fox NFL, CBS NFL, TNT NFL; nine Presidential Inaugurations; four Olympics; 33 years of boxing; and three America’s Cups. Always an innovator, he introduced the RoverCam at CBS’s PGA Championship, providing a new perspective for sports coverage.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Steve HellmuthFirsts are always an important part of a Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame résumé, and Steve Hellmuth, recently retired EVP, operations and technology, NBA and former chairman of the SVG Advisory Board, oversaw his share of firsts. Under his guidance, the NBA became the first league to develop an advanced statistical system that drove a wide variety of services and to deliver live scores and statistics to the internet. In addition, the NBA was the first league to develop a centralized instant-replay system, to develop a digital archive, and to tackle new technologies — live streaming, 3D, VR, volumetric capture — in a meaningful way. In a career spanning nearly 45 years, Hellmuth enjoyed working on a mix of production, live events, systems design, and technology. At the NBA, he developed statistical systems, directed facility construction, and created digital-media archives. Before joining the NBA, he spent two years as SVP/GM, Major League Baseball Productions, supervising the programming and production departments.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Andrea JoyceDuring a career that spans nearly 30 years on the national stage, Andrea Joyce has spent time at ESPN, CBS Sports, and now NBC Sports, building a reputation for solid reporting on a wide range of global and national sports events. Since 2000, she has been a reporter for NBC Sports Group. She has served in a variety of roles at 12 Olympic Games, including the past eight with NBC. She has served as a reporter for NBA on NBC and WNBA on NBC broadcasts. Joyce debuted as a reporter for ESPN at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Summer Games and worked three Winter Games for CBS: 1992 in Albertville, France; 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway; and 1998 in Nagano, Japan. Since her first Games, in 1988, she has embraced the Games’ communal nature, which brings countries of the world together. An appreciation for sports, the tact to comprehend others’ situations, and the ability to grab the story without being inconsiderate or disrespectful has carried Joyce to the pinnacle of her profession.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Tom FletcherMany familiar angles of sports coverage did not exist before Tom Fletcher: in NBA and big-time college-basketball coverage, for example, the ubiquitous “Above the Rim” (atop the shot clock) or remote-controlled “Slam Cam” (behind the glass) camera position. Coverage has come a long way since the days of the 1991 NBA Finals with a full-size Hot Head or the 1994 NBA All-Star game, which deployed an industrial security camera requiring two people to operate it. Transforming sports production with such innovations as the super-slo-mo camera and smaller remote-controlled and RF cameras, Fletcher changed the nature of sports coverage by allowing cameras to be located to deliver maximum emotional impact. Tom and his father, Archie, started Fletcher Chicago in 1987, and the company now provides specialty cameras to NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL broadcasters throughout North America.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Val AckermanFew people in the history of sports business and media have built a more successful and impactful career on making the sports world better than she experienced it than Val Ackerman. Founding president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). President of USA Basketball. An executive behind the iconic “Dream Team.” Commissioner of the Big East Conference. Ackerman’s life has taken her across the executive offices of her beloved game of basketball and forever reshaped the world of sports — for athletes, for fans, for television, for women, for all of us. A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Ackerman has served since 2013 as commissioner of the Big East Conference. She previously served as an attorney and senior executive at the NBA and, as founding president of the WNBA, helped lead the groundbreaking launch and the day-to-day operations in the league’s formative years. She has served as president of USA Basketball and as U.S. representative to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and advised various organizations on women’s sports strategies.Wednesday, December 13, 2023Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Cris CollinsworthHanging up the cleats after a 15-year playing career and moving directly into sports broadcasting can be quite daunting, but no one has transitioned as seamlessly as Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer Cris Collinsworth. Becoming synonymous with immense energy, the expertise of breaking down a play with precision, and the smoothest entrance to a broadcast in the business, the 17-time Sports Emmy Award winner — nine as game analyst, eight as studio analyst — is one of the most accomplished on-air talent in sports television. The only NFL analyst other than John Madden to receive a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Event Analyst, Collinsworth has taken home the award nine times. He currently sits alongside Mike Tirico in the NBC Sunday Night Football announce booth. His career began in 1990 when he joined NBC Sports as a game analyst for NFL coverage and selected college-football broadcasts. In 2005, he entered the NFL on Fox broadcast booth alongside play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and former quarterback Troy Aikman to form the broadcaster’s lead broadcast team.