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The Union that Brings You the Super Bowl

For the past 29 years, this is how the IBEW broadcasts the big game

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by Guest Post on
Jan 31, 2020

This post was written by the IBEW Media Center.

Football fans across the world aren’t likely to realize it, but in most years, IBEW members are as critical to their Super Bowl viewing experience as chicken wings and guacamole.

Sunday night marks the 29th time that IBEW professionals have provided the pictures and sound from the big game. This year, Fox Sports will broadcast the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers from Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Last year’ Super Bowl on CBS averaged 98 million viewers and had an estimated total viewership of 149,000,000 people in the United States.

More than 400 IBEW members are in South Florida working as camera operators, sound mixers, graphic artists, replay technicians and other responsibilities. The IBEW has had a relationship with Fox Sports since the early 1990s, when the network was just beginning its sports division. This will be the ninth Super Bowl televised by the network.

“We’re incredibly proud of our long-standing partnership with Fox Sports and thankful that it gives our talented and hard-working members a chance to work on the biggest stage of all,” International President Lonnie R. Stephenson said. “They always do us proud, and I expect nothing different on Sunday. They’re the best at what they do.”

The IBEW has a relationship with another Super Bowl broadcaster, CBS, dating back to 1939, when it was a radio company. Members have provided the behind-the-scenes personnel for the 20 Super Bowls televised by that network. That means IBEW members have worked 29 of the 54 Super Bowls played – more than half.

Other IBEW members are in and around Miami working for local television stations and other production companies covering the game and events leading up to it.

“As I visited the stadium this week, I saw firsthand all the hard work and knowledge required to prepare for the most-watched television event of the year,” Broadcasting & Telecommunications Director Robert Prunn said.

“Fox Sports is a great partner of the IBEW, and our members contribute so much to the success of all sporting events on the network. The Super Bowl is always fun to watch, and I hope it means a little more to the rest of our members knowing that their brothers and sisters are bringing the game into our living rooms.”

IBEW members and labor allies can assure their Super Bowl snacks are union-made by checking out these lists of food and beverage companies that employ union workers.

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