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Any Given Sunday

This article from David Pierce on The Verge makes you appreciate Sunday football all the more:

To watch a football broadcast is to see much more than a football game. There are only about 11 minutes of actual action during a three-hour game, which means 95 percent of the time there’s something else going on. The graphics, replays, highlights, and analysis that make a football game into the at-home experience millions of people know and love — it’s all from Fox, and it’s all done on the fly. Nearly everyone on the crew says that while they broadcast the game, what they really do is make television.

The pro-caliber players aren't simply the ones on the field on Sunday afternoons. They are also in the trucks, booth, behind a camera, behind a computer, or flying a helicopter. If any broadcast looks simple and easy, I can guarantee you it isn't.