Giants-Patriots preseason game will be a 3D experience

Pretty soon I guess all NFL games will be broadcast in 3D like Madden Football

Just the other day I took my sons to see Toy Story 3 and I was astounded by not only the price of the tickets, but also the amount of 3-D features playing at the theater.  I guess we are living in a 3-D crazy world and now the NFL is trying to prove once again that it too is cutting edge entertainment. 

Verizon announced this week that they will produce the New England Patriots-New York Giants preseason game on Sept. 2 in 3-D.  The game will be the NFL’s first total foray into the new and widely distributed film format.  Technically this is not the NFL’s first game in 3-D as the league produced a 2008 Oakland Raiders-San Diego Chargers game in the format for select audiences only.

The Patriots-Giants preseason game will be aired in the two teams’ entire markets via Verizon FiOS 1 in New York, New England and New Jersey. And of course customers will need to be equipped for the 3-D game experience.  The laundry list of items needed for the broadcast includes: 3-D Televisions, 3-D glasses (glad I saved mine from the movies) and a high-definition box.

Verizon executive Terry Denson said of the upcoming broadcast, “This is the next major step in our development of 3-D experiences for our FiOS TV customers. Broadcasting the first 3D NFL game delivers on our promise to FiOS customers to provide a superior TV offering, including 3D, HD and VOD programming, as well as interactivity that cable can’t match.”

In this Madden Football driven age, where video gamers are used to high graphic game action, this move makes some sense.  But I still believe that the 3-D phenomenon will take some time to catch-on with NFL fans as most would rather wear “beer goggles” than 3-D glasses when watching gridiron action.


Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


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