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NFL to try 3D football broadcast live on Sunday

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 9th 2009 10:03PM
3-D_viewing_50s_glassesImagine if you will that you have a ticket to the amazing new monolithic football megaplex, Cowboys Stadium, this Sunday to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the San Diego Chargers. It's two probable playoff teams. It's a potential offensive showcase with two strong-armed quarterbacks. It's got everything to recommend it and you have a ticket.

Now, how excited are to learn that you can watch the game in 3D? That's right, when you enter the venue, you'll be handed 3D glasses. The Cowboy-Charger game will then be broadcast on the huge HD screen in 3D. That's the big screen that hangs over the field. Every play will immediately be converted from HD to 3D with some exciting new technology created in Edison, New Jersey. If you're at home, you won't see 3D, but if you're there, you can wear glasses just like these folks in the picture.

While I admire the effort of the NFL to experiment with a 3D presentation of a game, the problem that I have with 3D is the same one I've always had -- the glasses. As long as 3D requires eyewear, I don't think it's ever going to be a big success. It'll be what it's always been... a gimmick.

The visit to Cowboys Stadium to see the Cowboys play the Chargers is the real draw, and to be perfectly honest, I don't go to live sports or concerts to watch the Jumbotron. In fact, I hate the fact that sometimes the big screen is the only way to get closer to the game or event. But at a football or baseball game, or any other big sports event, you shouldn't be watching a screen. You should be watching the players on the field. Otherwise, you can just spend your hard-earned wages on a huge HD screen and stay at home..

Going to a game should be about the experience, not the replays on the big screen. I think fans won't go for the 3D glasses because it'll take them out of the game. Tailgating football fans want to get into the action and even if the images are realistic and true, those 3D glasses are off-putting.

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Sekinu2

Yes this is stupid but a few need a correction while at the game your actually watching the real game on the field in 4-d not 3D as you see all 4 dimensions of the objects not just 3d

December 12 2009 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George

If they want to do something for the fans then let us watch OUR team, give us the choice of what game we want to watch.
I'm tired of watching a local loser team or the STEELERS or PATRIOTS.
STEELERS have had the majority of their games broadcasted outside their region and forced on us, and look how they ended up.
STOP guessing at who is going to be good and let us choose who to watch!!!!!

December 12 2009 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobbb

Of course most people have not been to Cowboy Stadium. The big screen is a magnification of the playing field for most of the seats in the stadium. Unless you are near the field level the big screen has a larger clearer picture. Replays are awesome. And hey, you have to start somewhere, next thing you know they will have 3D in you home on your own big screen, and soon to follow-forget the glasses. give it time.

December 12 2009 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wish Belkin

I love football, but I hate the NFL.

December 12 2009 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
OU812?

Id love to see Dallas fold like a tent in 3-D...After all it is December and that time of the year for the Cowboys to fall apart...

December 12 2009 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ken

Who is the imbecile that came up with *THIS* JO'd idea? I swear, instead of worrying about 3D, mayebe they aget some DECENT COMMENTATORS who know what they're talking about, instead of the ex-player, self-absorbed, idiots they seem to have now. Too many 'man-craushes' for certain players. Can't get the rules right. Can't even get the NAMES right for crying out loud!
It's about time they stopped this kind of crap before they ruin football, just as they did Nascar.

December 12 2009 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TATRODDER

IF YOU'RE AT THE GAME, IT DOESN'T GET MUCH MORE 3D THAN THAT!!!

December 12 2009 at 7:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Haylon

Why would you where 3D glasses when the game itself is as 3D as it gets?

December 12 2009 at 6:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ELENA C

Haylon You used the wrong form of "where" its wear not where maybe you should get those glasses so you can type correctly

December 12 2009 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
high fivers

You do realize that while sitting at the game and watching the action on the field that you are watching it in 3D, as long as you have 2 working eyeballs?

I watched the 2009 BCS National Championship in 3D at a movie theater and hated it. The sideline camera angle is not a good angle for football. Most action is going sideways, but 3D really excels when its moving to and from the viewer. So unless viewing the downfield Madden-style shots, which have foreground action and a background for scale and perspective, the game does not really work that well. A lot of the intrigue with 3D movies is the interaction with the audience. However, since they are showing replays of the action, this would be more entertaining. 3D rigs are much larger and heavy, so these angles could be limited.

If the focus of both lenses is not exactly the same the picture becomes extremely jarring. Since your eyes aren't changing focus at the same rate.

I've also seen footage of the Pro Bowl in 4K at NAB 2007 and it was amazingly lifelike. I'd prefer having a large 4K 2D display at home than go to a sports venue/theater to see a 3D game.

December 10 2009 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

Is the technology created in Edison a powerpoint presentation that says, "LOOK UNDER THE SCREEN!"

December 10 2009 at 12:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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