CBS Sports Outlines Plan for Golf Coverage

CBS Sports has laid out plans for coverage of the Charles Schwab Challenge this week , as well as, the next eleven tournaments. 

“With live coverage returning, the health and safety of all involved at CBS Sports, NBC Sports Group and PGA TOUR Entertainment is paramount. With that as the top priority, a plan was developed to resume production of live golf, implementing health screenings and safety protocols, utilizing more technology, minimizing travel and reducing the on-site footprint, maximizing social distancing, all while allowing for a best-in-class production,” writes CBS in their press release. 

Jim Nantz will anchor coverage. PHOTO: Official CBS photo

CBS’ coverage will begin on Thursday, June 11 and end on Sunday, June 14 for a total of 59 hours of live golf across CBS, Golf Channel and PGA Tour LIVE. 

The Charles Schwab Challenge marks the PGA Tour’s first tournament back since play was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Details of Coverage 

According to CBS, for all four days, Jim Nantz will anchor coverage from the 18th Tower at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Nantz will be joined on site by on-course reporters Dottie Pepper and Mark Immelman. 

Analyst Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-Finch and Frank Nobilo will offer analysis remotely from Orlando and Amanda Balionis will contribute reports from her home.

The CBS Sports production team will lead coverage utilizing 23 cameras including 10 hard cameras, six mini RF cameras, plus robotic cameras and more.

The team will return with its Production and Technology elements including:

  • Toptracer – Using 3D radar tracking to provide the viewer with a true sense of distance, height, curvature and more. Tracing live tee shots on various holes showing the apex, ball speed, distance and curve will once again be staples of this technology.
  • Toptracer RF – Toptracer will outfit two RF mini-cameras in order to provide ball tracking graphics and statistics on a player’s second shot from the fairway anywhere on the course.
  • ARL Virtual Eye – Virtual Eye uses Toptracer ball tracing capabilities on tee shots within a 3D Hole Model, while simultaneously showing the golfer hit shots from the tee. Virtual flyover animations also return, giving a second shot perspective once the ball comes to rest including GolfTrax information providing key statistical information for both individual players and holes.
  • SwingVision – CBS’ Emmy Award-winning technical innovation, SwingVision, featuring super-slow action to break down players’ swings and demonstrate shots from various locations on the course to capture the dramatic high speed replays of various shots.
  • Live Aerial Coverage

Debuting during coverage will be:

  • ARL Virtual Signage – Augmented Reality technology will be utilized to virtually place statistics, player information and sponsorship partners on the course with full trackable camera moves so that the images appear to be actually on the course.
  • Hawkeye Replay Source – While Hawkeye has contributed to CBS golf coverage on digital platforms in the past, this event will feature for the first time this replay technology integrated into the linear broadcast, with an operator controlling every camera angle remotely from home and contributing with real time replays from action on the course.

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