CBS Sports Takes a 360 Approach to Covering Super Bowl 50

Karen Rosen
Super Bowl 50
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CBS is coming full circle with Super Bowl 50. For Sunday's big game—between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers—the Eye Network, which broadcast the first Super Bowl in 1967 (along with NBC), introduces the EyeVision 360 replay system to television’s biggest audience of the year.

Thanks to 36 cameras strung around Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, “you can freeze the action and spin around from pretty much any angle and see the blocking, what the quarterback saw, what the receivers saw,” says Sean McManus, CBS Sports chairman. “It’s an excellent way to break down a specific play and see why it worked and why it didn’t.”

Cameras on the goal line pylons, used to great effect in recent college football championship games, also make their Super Bowl debut—with an added enhancement. “We have audio on them,” McManus explains, “so that should be pretty dramatic.”

For the halftime show, Coldplay will be joined on stage by several guests, including Super Bowl musical veterans Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Sounds golden.

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Here's CBS's full schedule for Super Bowl Sunday:

Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros (11am/10c)
Produced by NFL Films, a look at the sport on the high school level.

Road to the Super Bowl (noon/11am c)
NFL Films chronicles the 2015 season.

Phill Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition (1/noon c)
The CBS analyst (and former New York Giants star) looks at the men who have made an impact on the big game over the last 50 years.

The Super Bowl Today (2/1c)
Your obligatory four-hour pre-game show.

Super Bowl on CBS Kick-Off Show (6/5c)
The final countdown, including musical performances and team introductions; Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem, with Marlee Matlin accompanying in American Sign Language.

Super Bowl 50 (6:30/5:30c)
Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos
Halftime show: Coldplay, with Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and perhaps more.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (approximately 10/9c, after the post-game show)
Guests include Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Will Ferrell, Key & Peele duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and Fox News's Megyn Kelly.

The Late Late Show With James Corden (approximately 11:35/10:35c, after late local news)
Guests include Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine, plus a Carpool Karaoke segment with Elton John.