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FOX trots out new technology for viewing football in the snow

Clearing the snow

Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/

As FOX broadcasts a pair of games in the snow, a new technology is being implemented for public consumption.

In both the Lions-Eagles and Vikings-Ravens game, FOX periodically is superimposing the field markings (including the yard numbers) over the snow.

It’s creating the impression that the lines -- and the numbers -- actually have been scraped of snow.

For both games, the effect is coming and going. We can’t recall ever seeing this for an NFL game; CBS definitely isn’t using it for the two snow games currently being broadcast from Pittsburgh and Washington, where the Chiefs’ status as the road team gives the game the network that purchased the AFC package.