"We really don't want to take a viewer out of the stadium and put them right next to Peyton Manning — we want to make sure they stay in the stadium and keep the flavor in there," he said.
Each mixer for CBS has a different style, Aagaard said, though he's pushing for more uniformity. He can close his eyes while watching a broadcast and pick out who is working that game.
NFL Films also records plenty of additional audio during games, through microphones on other players and on the sidelines, which is repackaged for various shows that air later. The networks are always hoping for more sound, especially during games. Teams are always worried about giving away secrets.
There was some angst from clubs when the microphones were put on offensive linemen, said Katz, who is also chief operating officer for NFL Films. That surprised him because they were capturing the same audio the umpires' caps previously did. He notes that since defensive players can hear the snap count on the field, the offense isn't hurt by broadcasting it.
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