‘PHANTOM CAM' APPEARS ON FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST
Fox Sports' “Phantom Cam” made an appearance this week on Fox Sports Southwest for the Angels-Rangers series during its nationwide tour of FSN networks. The slow-motion camera, which made its debut last year on Fox's World Series Coverage, can shoot up to 5,000 frames per second in HD.
Among the images captured by the camera, which was stationed in the first base dugout, was a bat breaking into numerous pieces and the mechanics of new Rangers pitcher Matt Garza.
“They have allowed us to use it on the regional networks,” Fox Sports Southwest spokesman Ramon Alvarez said. “I think that is something they are looking to expand next year.”
Alvarez said the camera might return to Arlington, Texas, for the next Angels series Sept. 26-29, which closes the regular season.
— Fox Sports Southwest has yet to announce the analysts for its Big 12 football pregame and postgame shows, but don't look for former OSU coach Pat Jones to return. “Coach Jones has told us he is retiring from late night TV,” Alvarez said.
— The Thunder's NBA-leading local TV ratings are no surprise to Fox Sports Southwest general manager Jon Heidtke, who also oversees Fox Sports Oklahoma. “This is a perfect market for that type of success, for that type of growth when a team plays at that high level,” he said. “It took a couple of years for the people here to get used to it and rally around it, but now when you go anywhere in the state of Oklahoma, you'll see the Thunder blue. It almost rivals the crimson and cream.”
—NBA TV will announce the 2013-14 NBA regular season schedule at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The one-hour show will unveil the entire national TV schedule.
—ESPN2 and the NFL Network will televise the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday. Among the inductees are ESPN analyst Cris Carter, a former wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, and longtime ESPN contributor Bill Parcells, who won the Super Bowl twice as the New York Giants head coach.
— NBC sportscaster Al Michaels, who will broadcast the Hall of Fame Game between Dallas and Miami at 7 p.m. Sunday, will receive the Pete Rozelle Radio & Television Award on Friday. Michaels has served as the play-by-play voice of the NFL's broadcast prime-time package for more than a quarter century (NBC, 2006 to present; ABC 1986 to 2005).
—“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals” debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The series, in its eighth season, will have five episodes.