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Super Bowl TV facts

By JOHN COTEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 26, 2003


Lead announcers

JOHN MADDEN

Arguably the broadcast profession's most recognizable analyst, Madden is wrapping up his first season at ABC after 21 years at CBS and Fox. He has been lauded for his unique sense of humor and common-man approach to calling football games.

This will be Madden's second straight Super Bowl and eighth of his career. He has won an unprecedented 13 Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst Emmy Awards, the last coming in 1999. He also was named Sports Personality of the Year in 1985 and '92 by the American Sportscasters Association.

Madden came to national prominence as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, guiding the team to a 103-32-7 record and leading the team to seven AFC West titles and a victory in Super Bowl XI.

His winning percentage of .750 is tops among all NFL coaches.

AL MICHAELS

Michaels is sports broadcasting's premier play-by-play man, having covered more events than any other sportscaster at ABC since joining the network in 1976. He has done Monday Night Football since 1986, and will be working his fifth Super Bowl.

He has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality, in 1986, '89, '95 and 2000, and was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1998.

Michaels might be best known for his work on ABC baseball coverage, and for his memorable call in the 1980 Winter Olympics ("Do you believe in miracles?").

MELISSA STARK

Stark has been the sideline reporter for Monday Night Football for three seasons, and has also covered figure skating and golf for ABC.

Stark was a reporter for a regional sports network in the Baltimore area when ESPN hired her to host Scholastic Sports America, a weekly program devoted to high school athletics. At ESPN she has covered the NBA and Major League Baseball playoffs and the U.S. Open golf tournament. She is a contributor to SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown.

OTHER KEY CONTRIBUTORS

HOSTS: Chris Berman, Mike Tirico.

ANALYSTS: Steve Young, Brian Billick, Michael Strahan, Dan Fouts, Bob Griese, Joe Theismann, Junior Seau.

FEATURE AND FIELD REPORTERS: Lynn Swann, Andrea Kremer, Jimmy Kimmel, Grant Paulsen.

Coverage facts

EVERY CAMERA ANGLE

20 hard cameras (including six Super Slo-Mos).

7 hand-held cameras (including two Super Slo-Mos and one steady cam).

7 high-definition cameras.

5 robotic cameras (including two fixed on the goal lines).

3 unmanned fixed cameras.

2 remote pan and tilt cameras on field goal posts.

1 "Sky-Cam" camera suspended above playing field

1 "Ump-Cam" positioned on bill of umpire's cap.

1 "Jimmy-Jib" boom camera.

OTHER SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

1 "1st and 10" electronic first down marker.

28 digital video replay sources.

1 telestrator.

1 digital post-production facility.

60 microphones (including 12 on-field parabolic microphones).

31 vehicles (control trucks, mobile units, office trailers).

75 television monitors.

20 miles of camera and microphone cable.

300 people as part of the ABC production.

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