NBC Expanding Viewing Angles for Kentucky Derby
NBC Sports is adding a few more cameras, with emphasis on aerial views of the race and wrap-round coverage of red carpet fashions for Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
NBC will use 50 cameras, including 20 to 25 for the approximately two minute race. It is putting a camera atop the giant video board in the back stretch and another on an 86 foot high crane in turn one. As previously, it will have a camera on an 80 foot crane on turn two.
They're not yet using miniature remote cameras on the helmets of the jockeys. There are technological and safety issues to be worked out.
With a 20 horse field, the aerial camera, sometimes it's a blimp, sometimes it's a fixed wing plane, is ultimately the best look at the entire field.