Camera Crashes on Field During NFL Telecast
In what might have easily turned into a tragedy of the first order, an overhead television camera, remotely controlled on wires, came crashing down onto the playing field during NBC's telecast of the New Orleans Saints/Seattle Seahawks game in Seattle Sunday night. Luckily the incident occurred during a time-out, but nevertheless, the camera crashed just yards from the huddling Seahawks team. After the camera was lifted again, it fell once more, this time nearly hitting receiver Bobby Engram as he was walking off the field. After a ten-minute delay, an NBC crew hoisted the camera into position again, tested it, and the game resumed. It remained over the Seahawks' bench for the rest of the game. The long delay may have contributed to a huge ratings decline for the Sunday-night football telecast, which averaged a 6.8 rating and a 13 share from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m., a season low. By contrast, an overrun of CBS's telecast of the Patriots/Cowboys game at 7:00 p.m. averaged a sensational 18.5/26, peaking in the 7:00 p.m. half hour with a 19.9/25.