Developed by ESPN and SMT and introduced on ESPN’s Sunday Night Football in 2004, PassTrack provides a three-dimensional representation of the speed, timing, and distance of the football thrown from a quarterback to his receiver. PassTrack can quickly analyze a big passing play from the Quarterback’s perspective, which gives the audience and interesting vantage point.
This 3D replay graphic visually demonstrates the trajectory of the ball in the air with advancing arrows and can graphically indicate passing lanes, targets, and more. It can also be used to scientifically determine key data content with SMT technology like speed of the pass (mph), height of the pass, distance lead for the WR, and other situational information. The graphic is overlaid on video images shot from Skycam and shown in replays to demonstrate the critical elements for successful completion of a pass.