Around the Horn has been on the air for 16 years but today (5 p.m. ET, ESPN) begins a new era for the show thanks to a complete revamp, including the addition of augmented reality and a new graphics and animation package (see below). As part of the enhancements, Tony Reali will host the show from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York, and he will do so while standing at a state-of-the-art console.
In the video above, Reali offers a personalized tour of his new high-tech control panel, which allows him to mute and score the ATH panelists – and now add unique visual effects.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind combination of design and technology. We don’t really have anything like it across our other shows,” said Joe Ferretti, ESPN Director of Studio Design and Development, who oversaw the creation of the new console over the past nine months. “It’s the next generation of the scoring component of the show.”
Ferretti adds: “While giving a nod to both the studio environment and the design of the show overall, the console is really going to show off Tony’s ability to use advanced scoring while keeping with his high energy.”
Around the Horn also launched a new website today where fans can score along at home daily, view all-time stats, watch ATH videos, and more.
Shelby L. Lacy and Bill Hofheimer produced the video above.
ESPN Creative Services provided the video below.
Lorenzo Bevilaqua photographed Tony Reali for ESPN Images.