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The Art of Directing the Game

I think it’s safe to say that pretty much everybody who sits on his or her backside watching sports on television does not fully appreciate the behind-the-scenes work that goes into bringing us the images of the athletes and their surroundings.

For a closer look, check out the video below, from the ninth inning of a 1982 Brewers–Red Sox game, featuring legendary director Harry Coyle. What makes this nearly 13-minute experience so special is how Coyle ably responds to a power outage that left the NBC Game of the Week telecast with only one functioning camera — the overhead camera from behind home plate operated by a dude named “Mario.”

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