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April 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
With TV cameras bringing fans ever closer to the game, plus the rising cost of attending live events, NFL teams are competing with the couch. They have to find new and creative ways to attract fans to games. To that end, the league has decided to relax its rules about when the video board can be used to encourage crowd noise and therefore “create a more exciting, vibrant stadium experience at each home game.” The league's eight-member Fan Experience Club Working Group, composed of team owners and executives, proposed these changes that have been approved by the business ventures and competition committees: -- At each game, the home team will be permitted to use stadium audio to prompt the crowd until 20 seconds remain on the play clock.
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February 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Michael Sam brought the crowd in Missouri to its feet on Saturday. The All-America defensive end and NFL prospect, who came out publicly as gay last weekend, received overwhelming support while making his first public appearance since his announcement. On hand with his football teammates and coaches for a halftime ceremony honoring their Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State, Sam received a standing ovation when he was shown on the video board during the men's basketball game against Tennessee.
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June 14, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
It starts with a funny dance, or maybe just a kiss. Sometimes it's a clever hand-drawn sign, or some awkward downtime. Then it's gone. The proverbial 15 seconds of fame is reduced to five, after the camera operator chooses you to fill the Jumbotron screen during an inning break or timeout. In a stadium or arena filled with upward of 20,000 people, the video board showcases no more than 75 people a game. At that rate, you have less than a 1% chance. But to camera operators and game-day producers, there really is only one surefire way to increase that chance of getting your five seconds.
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October 16, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
It was one of those moments when you shove an elbow into the ribs of the guy sitting next to you and say, “Hey, didja see that?” In the eighth inning of Monday's game at Dodger Stadium, a guy in a bear costume jumped on top of the visiting dugout, goofily leading a couple cheers before security guards led him away. “It was pretty funny,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “It was entertaining. It added some levity to the intensity of the game.” Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, like much of the crowd, never saw the so-called “Rally Bear.” “I heard good reviews,” Kershaw said.
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August 23, 2009 | SAM FARMER
The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to raise the roof Friday when they unveiled their new stadium. Turns out, they might have to raise the video board, which is in the line of fire for punts. Or the league could be forced to examine its rules immediately. "It's something we're going to have to look at in the next week," Mike Pereira, the NFL's director of officiating, told The Times today. "We need to see if there's anything further we can do to make sure there's equity involved if it happens again."
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August 6, 1994 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Anaheim Stadium's new video scoreboard, billed as the second-largest in North America, was supposed to debut Friday. But it didn't work for five innings. Finally, it came to life as the sixth inning started. An unknown glitch kept the board from showing anything but a purplish hue with perhaps a dozen black rectangles scattered about on the screen until the sixth. "It should be working (Saturday night)," Kevin Uhlich, Angel vice president for operations, told reporters.
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September 1, 2009 | Mike Penner
The Dallas Cowboys have added a new statistic for sportswriters to keep track of: number of times football hits video board. Punters went 0 for 10 in Saturday's Cowboys game against the San Francisco 49ers, making punters one for 24 after two games. Once, however, was enough for a weeklong controversy about whether the video board should be raised. In the end, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that the video board could remain 90 feet above the field. After the game, Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips said: "I'm not surprised at all. They kicked them high, and they kicked them long.
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March 31, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Hundreds of fans and more than a dozen recruits at the Coliseum on Saturday saw USC players making spectacular touchdown catches, game-breaking runs and momentum-turning defensive plays. It was quite a show. Unfortunately, the highlights were from last season and seasons past, and they appeared on the stadium's giant video board accompanied by a pulsating soundtrack. Meantime, down on the field, the short-handed Trojans completed their third week of spring practice by going through a workout that featured a mostly pedestrian scrimmage period.
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June 14, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
For Kings fans, Staples Center is exactly how the slogan goes: "The Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World. " For Danny Zollars, senior director of game operations, Staples Center before a Stanley Cup playoff game is just another day at the office, one with frigid temperatures and a massive TV screen to which he holds the remote. It's easy for fans to look up at the video board and take in the scene around them. But the scene behind the scenes involves hundreds of working hands, a command center with nearly as many monitors and Zollars, who coordinates it all. For every Oz, there must be a wizard behind the curtain.
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August 29, 2009 | SAM FARMER
What in the H . . . DTV is going on? The NFL is tweaking the rule book less than two weeks before the start of the season just to accommodate the gigantic video board suspended over the field in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium? Usually, the league fidgets and fusses over a rules change, making an alteration only after years of studies, statistics and arguments over the integrity of the game. This change took six days. Yes, it was an emergency situation, with the regular season almost upon us. And, no, Jerry Jones is not to blame, seeing as the Cowboys owner not only met but also exceeded the inadequate specifications of the league that there must be at least 85 feet of clearance above the field.
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June 14, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
It starts with a funny dance, or maybe just a kiss. Sometimes it's a clever hand-drawn sign, or some awkward downtime. Then it's gone. The proverbial 15 seconds of fame is reduced to five, after the camera operator chooses you to fill the Jumbotron screen during an inning break or timeout. In a stadium or arena filled with upward of 20,000 people, the video board showcases no more than 75 people a game. At that rate, you have less than a 1% chance. But to camera operators and game-day producers, there really is only one surefire way to increase that chance of getting your five seconds.
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June 14, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
For Kings fans, Staples Center is exactly how the slogan goes: "The Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World. " For Danny Zollars, senior director of game operations, Staples Center before a Stanley Cup playoff game is just another day at the office, one with frigid temperatures and a massive TV screen to which he holds the remote. It's easy for fans to look up at the video board and take in the scene around them. But the scene behind the scenes involves hundreds of working hands, a command center with nearly as many monitors and Zollars, who coordinates it all. For every Oz, there must be a wizard behind the curtain.
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May 10, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Say it ain't so, Fresno Joe! That kiss-cam video that went viral of the lady getting upset with her man for not offering a smooch when they were shown on the video board wasn't just a prank, it was a hoax perpetrated by staff of the Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team. The woman who eventually tosses her drink on the inattentive fellow is actually a supervisor in the promotions department.  Kellie Henderson sat down with a reporter from Fresno television station CBS47 to tell her side of the story (shown in the video above)
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April 11, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
"Kickalicious" Havard Rugland, a trick-shot artist from Norway, has been signed by the Detroit Lions to compete against NFL veteran David Akers to replace retiring kicker Jason Hanson. Rugland, who is 6 feet 2 and 240 pounds, was signed Thursday , although terms of the deal were not released. Detroit had agreed to terms on Tuesday with Akers,  a star with the Philadelphia Eagles before he went  to the San Francisco 49ers, who eventually released him after he had some accuracy issues at the end of last season.
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April 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
With TV cameras bringing fans ever closer to the game, plus the rising cost of attending live events, NFL teams are competing with the couch. They have to find new and creative ways to attract fans to games. To that end, the league has decided to relax its rules about when the video board can be used to encourage crowd noise and therefore “create a more exciting, vibrant stadium experience at each home game.” The league's eight-member Fan Experience Club Working Group, composed of team owners and executives, proposed these changes that have been approved by the business ventures and competition committees: -- At each game, the home team will be permitted to use stadium audio to prompt the crowd until 20 seconds remain on the play clock.
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October 31, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
The Steve Nash Era started with a roar, the decibel level inside Staples Center reaching earsplitting proportions when the point guard was introduced before his first game as a Laker. There was mostly audible unease for the next 48 minutes. Nash and the new Lakers offense weren't exactly a revelation during a 99-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night in their opener. The two-time most valuable player seemed unsure of himself, doing little directing or his trademark pick and rolls.
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May 1, 2009 | Associated Press
The Masters is over. The Tiger & Phil Show might just be getting started. Tiger Woods matched the course record with a 30 on the front nine, where he closed with three birdies Thursday morning to finish off a seven-under-par 65 at the Quail Hollow Championship. Phil Mickelson followed in the afternoon by chipping in for eagle and making a remarkable par save from under a video board for a five-under 67 that put him in a tie for second.
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March 1, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The St. Louis Rams on Thursday rejected the city's initial proposal to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome and intend to submit their own proposal by May 1. That's sure to spark further speculation that the Rams are positioning themselves for an eventual return to Los Angeles, a market they left after the 1994 season. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has offered $124 million in improvements to the dome in hopes of keeping the Rams. The franchise can break its lease after the 2014 season if its stadium is not deemed to be among the top eight in the league.
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September 7, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley is anticipating what he called “a blast of a weekend.” And why shouldn't he?  USC's senior quarterback, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, will celebrate his 22nd birthday Saturday -- on a huge stage. As part of what is already a football-crazed week at New Jersey's  MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets, Barkley leads second-ranked USC (1-0) against Syracuse (0-1) in a game dubbed as “New York's College Classic.” On Wednesday, Tony Romo led the Dallas Cowboys over Eli Manning and the Giants.
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April 16, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Tebow has heard boos before, although usually those were for former Denver Broncos starting quarterback Kyle Orton back when the beloved Tebow was his backup. But the boos at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night were definitely for Tebow, now the New York Jets' backup quarterback who was hanging out with Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade as the New York Yankees took on the Angels. Sure, there were a smattering of cheers from Jets fans and probably some random Tebowmaniacs in the stadium.
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