Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

VIDEO BOARDS GO NEUTRAL; Unlike Jaguar Games, No Playing Favorites on World's Largest Screens

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

VIDEO BOARDS GO NEUTRAL; Unlike Jaguar Games, No Playing Favorites on World's Largest Screens

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Byline: Garry Smits

Jaguars senior executive video producer Larry Rosen and his game-day crew of around five dozen technicians, camera operators and computer whizzes don't have to be overly concerned if a member of the Houston Texans makes a big play against the Jaguars at EverBank Field.

"We'll do a replay but it won't be the same as if one of our guys makes a big play," said Rosen, who orchestrates the world's biggest video board, at more than a football field long (362 feet) and 60 feet high. "If it's a Jaguar, we show the replay multiple times, from multiple angles and we've got the guy's stats ready to put up there."

However, Rosen has to run a neutral show for the Georgia-Florida game. With nearly 84,000 fans split evenly between Bulldogs and Gators, there are a lot of balls in the air, literally and figuratively.

If there are sports fans that will be sensitive to the notion that their team isn't getting as many replays and highlights as the other team, it will be the sea of red and black and orange and blue on Saturday.

One play could be a 50-yard pass. Rosen's team must capture the play from different camera angles, and have stats and information ready for the quarterback and wide receiver.

On the next play, there could be a sack or an interception by the defense. That means repeating the process within seconds.

"It's not necessarily harder," Rosen said. "We just have to work smarter."

Rosen has experience in playing it down the middle. He produced a dozen Army-Navy games in Philadelphia.

Then there's the prep work, which begins a month before the game. Instead of punching in stats, biographical information and video archives of 47 Jaguars and 47 players from the opponent, Rosen and his crew have to do it for more than 200 Gators and Bulldogs.

He works extensively with the sports information departments at both schools, who he said "are great to us," with the amount of information they supply. …

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