Two years ago the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football, but it wasn’t just another game with Color Rush jerseys. During that contest the NFL debuted a new camera angle called “Sky Cam” where the primary camera angle was elevated behind the quarterback, rather than along the sideline.
This gave the game a more video game feel to it, compared to the standard viewing experience for fans. Other than the cameras catching more comments/audibles from quarterbacks, like Ben Roethlisberger’s famous ‘DILLY DILLY’ audible, most fans couldn’t stand the camera angle.
Here we are, two years later and the NFL is preparing another camera angle gimmick during another Steelers vs. Titans game, this time in Week 3 of the NFL Preseason on Sunday Night Football. This time fans will see a sideline view NBC crews are calling “High Sky”.
Instead of using the traditional sideline camera angle, NBC will implement the “High Sky” camera as the primary play-by-play angle. The camera will be positioned at the line of scrimmage and 50 feet above ground. The angle will take viewers through the snap of the ball.
The telecast, with announcers Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya and rules analyst Terry McAuley, will be a prelude to the first Sunday night game of the regular season when the Steelers visit the New England Patriots.
On paper, this new idea sounds a lot better than the sky cam version, considering it will still be a sideline view, and should give fans a better glimpse of all 22 players on the field during the game.
What do you think of the idea? Sound good, or just another gimmick by the NFL to try and lure in new viewers? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the Titans in Week 3 of the preseason.