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SkyCam returns for Thursday night’s Broncos-Colts game

The NFL cannot be thrilled with what amounts to a meaningless game for Thursday night’s nationally televised game. With both the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts well out of playoff contention, “Thursday Night Football” drew a real stinker.

Perhaps that’s why the NFL has elected to spice up the broadcast on NBC with the return of SkyCam as the predominant view for Thursday night’s gridiron action.

“With the experience of a full-game telecast with SkyCam and nearly a month to plan and tweak, we are excited to bring back the SkyCam presentation for the Broncos-Colts game,” Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of “Thursday Night Football” and “Sunday Night Football” said in a statement, via Shutdown Corner.

SkyCam, which can be best described as how the game is viewed when playing “Madden,” actually made its debut in a broadcast due to extenuating circumstances, not because of some savvy decision by the NFL.

Typically utilized solely for replays and the like, NBC was force to almost solely rely on SkyCam during a Sunday night match-up between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 5 when a heavy fog descended upon Gillette Stadium. The SkyCam view was essentially the only way the action on the field could be seen by viewers.

The NFL returned to the SkyCam format as the predominant broadcast view for a Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans match-up on “Thursday Night Football” on Nov. 16.

“We are excited to present a game with the majority of live-action coverage coming from SkyCam,” Gaudelli said in a press release. “After pivoting out of necessity to SkyCam in the New England fog, we’ve been aggressively planning and testing with the intent of utilizing the system for a full game.”

And now, it’s back again for Colts-Broncos. While SkyCam has both its fans and detractors, the NFL had to do something to generate some semblance interest in an otherwise underwhelming game.