sports fans still getting used to their high-definition television sets, the National Football League is already thinking ahead to the next potential upgrade: 3-D.
Tonight’s game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders will be broadcast live in 3-D to theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. It is a preliminary step on what is likely a long road to any regular 3-D broadcasts of football games.

The idea is a “proof of concept,” says Howard Katz, NFL senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations. “We want to demonstrate this and let people get excited about it and see what the future holds.”

The several hundred guests at the three participating theaters Dec. 4 will include representatives from the NFL’s broadcasting partners and from consumer-electronics companies. The event will be closed to the general public. Burbank, Calif.-based 3ality Digital LLC will shoot the game with special cameras and transmit it to a satellite. Thomson SA’s Technicolor Digital Cinema is providing the satellite services and digital downlink to each theater, and Real D 3D Inc. will power the display in the theaters.

Game Update:

So when I posted this story, I was making fun with the title, but sure ’nuff, the fumble was king during game as the Raiders got spanked !!! Read the rest after the break below.

Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns and Vincent Jackson set a career-high with 148 receiving yards, as the San Diego Chargers routed their AFC West-rival Oakland Raiders, 34-7.

Rivers finished with 214 yards — going over 3,000 yards (3,169) for the third straight season — on 10-of-22 passing, and Jackson had a TD grab for the Chargers (5-8), who snapped a three-game slide and will play at Kansas City next week. LaDainian Tomlinson had 91 yards on 25 touches with a score in the win. Darren Sproles garnered two touchdowns on three catches.

Stephen Cooper had a pair of interceptions for San Diego, which beat the Raiders for the 11th straight time.

JaMarcus Russell was 9-of-13 for 68 yards with two picks and lost a fumble before leaving with a right ankle injury in the second quarter and not returning. Andrew Walter came in to replace Russell and ended 8-of-17 for 61 yards and an interception.


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