U.S. Open broadcasters streamline graphics production

U.S. Open host broadcasters ESPN and NBC provided international broadcasters with Pinnacle Systems Deko templates to use to streamline their coverage of the golf tournament.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) and all broadcasters associated with the U.S. Open took advantage of Pinnacle Systems’ Deko graphics ability to interface with the event’s scoring computer system and template-based creation to streamline graphics production. The systems were used to create the graphics look for the USGA's world feed along with event coverage on NBC, ESPN, ESPN SportsCenter, TV Asahi, BSkyB, and Channel Nine Australia.

The U.S. Open was broadcast to 173 countries. Domestic audiences saw more than 28 hours of live coverage on NBC and ESPN with all scoring graphics produced and delivered by Pinnacle Deko systems.

The Deko meshed seamlessly with the USGA’s Unisys scoring system to integrate up-to-the-second data into the broadcast.

Unysis, the official supplier of computerized golf scoring and information systems to the USGA, provided the scoring data, which was automatically inserted into Deko's graphics templates for on-air display.

As the host broadcasters, ESPN and NBC designed the graphics for the event. These graphics templates were then provided to the other broadcasters before the event. Using the powerful file association capabilities of Deko, each broadcaster was able to replace individual master file elements with its own logos and other branding elements to customize the programming for their respective audiences.

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