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Yankee Stadium camera views not the best

With the new Yankee Stadium set to host its first game Friday, TV executives and cameramen still are concerned about some of the angles and positions there.

Most notably, the "high home'' camera behind the plate must shoot through netting that protects fans from batted balls.

The initial position behind the plate was marred by the wires that hold up the net. The YES Network was able to move to a lower spot that avoids the wires but not the net itself, spokesman Eric Handler said.

The "high home'' shot is used regularly, such as when showing an infielder fielding a batted ball.

It is not unusual for modern stadiums - including in Washington and San Francisco, but not Citi Field - to have this problem. Nets tend to be larger than they used to be.

"The lower camera position eliminated the wires but we still have the netting and chose to do that because it was a much better view than the first one," Handler said.

"The height of the screens is a function of the way these new stadiums are built, which factor in safety concerns. It's a concern. I haven't seen that shot in a telecast setting, so I can't project how it will look. Sure, we'd love to have a clean shot."

The stadium's potential TV-unfriendliness first was reported by The LoHud Yankees Blog.


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