2011 Year in Review – November
November, and Sky Sports juggles producing nine rugby matches over a weekend, while the curtain comes down on the tennis season, we look at archiving Italian football, and Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium gets seriously wired up.
The first weekend of European rugby’s premier tournament, the Heineken Cup, presents a daunting logistical challenge for Sky as it produces the coverage of nine of the opening round’s dozen games across the UK and Ireland.
Last week’s BNP Paribas Masters at Bercy was the last of the nine tournaments on the 2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 circuit. Broadcast primarily on Orange Sport in France (as well as Paris Première and W9), while the UK’s Gearhouse provides the international signal for the series, Orange called upon AMP Visual TV to help with its own specific production elements.
Following a decisive agreement with the Italian Football League, Lega Calcio, and with the assistance of Prevideo-Mediadesign, Infront Sports & Media recently implemented the management of the Italian historical football archive at its Milan facility.
Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is set to deploy Cisco’s Connected Stadium Wi-Fi system, thus making it one of the most technologically advanced stadia in the world. Not only will it ensure fans will be able to utilise mobile devices to access applications specifically designed to engage with the venue and the team, it means that the web and social media will hopefully not fall over everytime somebody scores.