ESPN will not use SkyCam, the overhead camera that crashed to the ground during Friday’s Insight Bowl, at the Fiesta Bowl. SkyCam also was not used at Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl because of safety concerns after the 25-pound camera nearly fell on Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt during the Insight Bowl.
Even though ESPN will not use SkyCam at the Fiesta Bowl, it will use Spidercam, a similar overhead camera device, at the Rose Bowl. The network also has determined it will use SkyCam for the Outback, Capital One, Sugar, Orange and BCS title games.
"After a thorough review, a cause was determined (for the Insight Bowl incident) and fix implemented that involves extra precautions being put in place for the camera's use at the remaining bowls," ESPN spokesperson Keri Potts said.Because the Arizona Cardinals played at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday afternoon, officials from ESPN and SkyCam felt there wasn’t enough time before Monday night’s Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium to adequately test the camera system, which requires using wires above the field.
SkyCam is a division of Winnercomm, Inc., a sports production and development company in Tulsa, Okla. The company's website claims that SkyCam is the only stabilized camera system in the world that can unobtrusively fly anywhere in a defined three-dimensional space.
The camera is 36 inches high, weighs 25 pounds and travels up to 30 mph across the guide wire, according to the company.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Insight Bowl between Iowa and Oklahoma, Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt was nearly hit by the camera when it crashed to the turf.
McNutt then became entangled in the guide wire after it hit the ground. McNutt, who suffered only a minor scratch, joked after the game he “felt like somebody was trying to kill me on (Oklahoma's) staff.”
“First, I looked: ‘What is it that fell from the sky?’ ” McNutt said. “'The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn't want to keep going with it.”Here is the video of the SkyCam crash at the Insight Bowl.