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Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:45 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 8:31 pm
 

SkyCam grounded for Fiesta

GLENDALE, Ariz. – SkyCam has been grounded for Monday’s Fiesta Bowl.

ESPN will not use SkyCam, the overhead camera that crashed to the ground during Friday’s Insight Bowl, at the Fiesta Bowl. SkyCam also was not used at Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl because of safety concerns after the 25-pound camera nearly fell on Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt during the Insight Bowl.

Even though ESPN will not use SkyCam at the Fiesta Bowl, it will use Spidercam, a similar overhead camera device, at the Rose Bowl. The network also has determined it will use SkyCam for the Outback, Capital One, Sugar, Orange and BCS title games.

"After a thorough review, a cause was determined (for the Insight Bowl incident) and fix implemented that involves extra precautions being put in place for the camera's use at the remaining bowls," ESPN spokesperson Keri Potts said.

Because the Arizona Cardinals played at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday afternoon, officials from ESPN and SkyCam felt there wasn’t enough time before Monday night’s Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium to adequately test the camera system, which requires using wires above the field.

SkyCam is a division of Winnercomm, Inc., a sports production and development company in Tulsa, Okla. The company's website claims that SkyCam is the only stabilized camera system in the world that can unobtrusively fly anywhere in a defined three-dimensional space.

The camera is 36 inches high, weighs 25 pounds and travels up to 30 mph across the guide wire, according to the company.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Insight Bowl between Iowa and Oklahoma, Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt was nearly hit by the camera when it crashed to the turf.

McNutt then became entangled in the guide wire after it hit the ground. McNutt, who suffered only a minor scratch, joked after the game he “felt like somebody was trying to kill me on (Oklahoma's) staff.”

“First, I looked: ‘What is it that fell from the sky?’ ” McNutt said. “'The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn't want to keep going with it.”

Here is the video of the SkyCam crash at the Insight Bowl.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:42 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Fiesta Bowl likely on the move - to Jan. 2, 2012

The Fiesta Bowl likely is moving – to another date.

The game could be moved up three days to Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at 8:30 ET, sources told CBSSports.com.

Because of the uncertainty of the NFL lockout earlier this summer, the BCS only scheduled the Rose Bowl on Monday, Jan. 2, 2010 (5 p.m. ET) and didn’t schedule a game that night in case the NFL regular season schedule was pushed back a week and was required to play that night.

However, with the lockout settled and the NFL regular season schedule remaining the same – it ends on Jan. 1, 2012 – the Sugar, Orange and Fiesta bowls were given the opportunity by the BCS to move one of their games up to Monday night, Jan. 2.

The Sugar, which also hosts the BCS title game on Jan. 9, 2012, had the first opportunity but decided to remain on its original date of Jan. 3, 2012. The Orange also turned down an opportunity to move off Jan. 4, 2012.

The Fiesta Bowl, originally scheduled for Jan. 5, 2012, wants to make the move to Jan. 2, 2012, because it would draw higher television ratings by having a Rose Bowl lead-in game compared with playing on a Thursday night. Also since Jan. 2, 2012 is recognized as a holiday, it would be more easier for visiting fans to attend.

A Fiesta Bowl spokesman declined comment on the expected move.

The Arizona Republic reported the holdup whether the Fiesta Bowl will be moved depends on if the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, who host the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 1, will waive part of its stadium rights for crews to transform the stadium immediately after the game for the Fiesta Bowl. A Cardinals spokesman said told the Republic the Cardinals want to explore ways to make it happen. The NFL game is now scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Ironically, all three BCS bowl games that had the option to move also are hosting NFL games on Jan. 1. The N.Y. Jets play at Miami at Sun Life Stadium, Carolina visits New Orleans in the Louisiana Superdome and the Seahawks play the Cardinals in Glendale.

Here is the BCS bowl schedule if the Fiesta Bowl moves as expected:

Monday, Jan. 2, 2012–Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m. ET
Monday, Jan. 2, 2012–Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012–Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012–Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, 8 p.m. ET
Monday, Jan. 9, 2012–BCS title game in New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. ET




 
 
 
 
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