SVG Summit: Fox, ESPN, MLBAM Execs Peer into Sports Broadcasting’s Crystal Ball

 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.

SVG Summit attendees were given a glimpse into “The Future of Sports Broadcasting,” thanks to a Day Two panel that delved into next-generation technologies like 4K, “at-home” productions, data-driven on-screen applications, and how sports-production professionals can prepare for their arrival on the scene.

Moderated by Vice President of HBO Sports Production Jason Cohen, the panel featured insights from ESPN’s Jed Drake (SVP, Product Innovation) and Amy Rosenfeld (Senior Coordinating Producer) regarding their use of 4K technology on a variety of live sports properties and experimentation with at-home workflows that allow the majority of a remote-production’s operations to take place at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, CT.

Fox Sports Technology Consultant Jerry Steinberg and Fox Sports Director Artie Kempner addressed the challenges of 4K, including the need to reeducate camera and replay operators, as well as the future of drones for sports coverage.

Finally, MLB Advanced Media VP of Multimedia Technology Development Dirk Van Dall provided a glimpse into the league’s dive into advanced analytics and player-tracking data visualization tools.

Kempner and Drake on training camera, replay operators for 4K:

Drake and Rosenfeld on ESPN’s at-home production model:

Van Dall on MLBAM’s player-tracking and data-visualization efforts:

Rosenfeld on ESPN’s use of analytics and data visualization in its 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage:

Steinberg and the rest of the panel on the importance of high-quality on-the-field audio and inside access: