Thursday, January 30, 2020
Football fans across the world aren't likely to realize it, but in most years, IBEW members are as critical to their Super Bowl viewing experience as chicken wings and guacamole.
Sunday night marks the 29th time that IBEW professionals have provided the pictures and sound from the big game. This year, Fox Sports will broadcast the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers from Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. Last year' Super Bowl on CBS averaged 98 million viewers and had an estimated total viewership of 149,000,000 people in the United States.
More than 400 IBEW members are in South Florida working as camera operators, sound mixers, graphic artists, replay technicians and other responsibilities. The IBEW has had a relationship with Fox Sports since the early 1990s, when the network was just beginning its sports division. This will be the ninth Super Bowl televised by the network.