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Rocking back and forth as his eyes dart from left to right, Scott Hanson looks like a nervous punt returner desperately searching for an opening to run through.
But instead of a free safety gunning for his head, Hanson is contending with trying to watch nine football games at once while simultaneously listening to producers barking in his ears and reading notes being waved in front of his face from two researchers.
Oh, and he's doing all this on live television.DC Shoes Hats
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Hanson is the anchor of NFL RedZone, a cable network designed for the fan who just can't be satisfied watching one game at a time. Every Sunday for seven commercial-free hours, RedZone hopscotches around every game in search of action. Hanson is the channel's ringmaster, taking viewers from blowouts to nail-biters and trying to provide a narrative to what otherwise might seem like spending an afternoon in a sports bar next to a drunk guy with a remote control.
"It's like reading several books at the same time," Hanson said. "You have to put a bookmark in it and remember where you are."
Helping guide Hanson is a team that resembles air traffic controllers more than they do producers. Each game is a jet and the producers follow it from takeoff to landing and scream out progress reports to each other, and then executive producers Kent Camera and Jonathan Kaplan make the call on what game to cut to for an update.
"We'll get you where you have to be," Camera promised. NCAA Snapback Hats
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Hanson's perpetual motion persona is a source of much humor inside the Culver City-based NFL Network.
"He's so nuts he makes coffee nervous," cracked NFL Network lead anchor Rich Eisen.
Watching RedZone is no easy task. The dizzying speed with which it jumps from game to game can give one motion sickness and eye strain. Often it is showing two and sometimes three games at once. Earlier this month, RedZone debuted its "octo box," which showed eight games at once.
Kaplan likens RedZone to playing the old arcade game Frogger. It was clearly built for younger viewers who are already in the habit of watching TV while surfing the Internet, texting a friend and making lunch.The Hundreds Snapback Hats
Although it is in its fourth year of operation, many Angelenos are getting their first taste of RedZone's addictive powers now that Time Warner Cable, the area's largest pay-TV provider, is carrying the channel, which was launched by the National Football League as a companion channel to its NFL Network.
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The high-energy Hanson, who also hosts two shows on the NFL Network and has been with the channel for six years, was the obvious choice for the job.
Since satellite broadcaster DirecTV has the exclusive rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket package that gives subscribers access to every game from start to finish, RedZone was the league's way of throwing competing pay-TV distributors a bone and giving them an extra incentive to carry the NFL Network.
For some football fans, RedZone, which costs as little as $5 a month for a subscription, is a much better deal than Sunday Ticket, which runs $199 per season.
"I'll blow an entire Sunday sitting on the channel," said Jeff Katz, a Palms resident who dropped Sunday Ticket as soon as he could get RedZone. "I'm getting a grand guided tour around each game. I haven't remotely missed Sunday Ticket. It is the single best entertainment value I have."Obey Snapback Hats
The channel is catnip to hard-core football fans, but particularly those who play fantasy football, because one of RedZone's gimmicks is to show every touchdown in every game (hence the name RedZone). This season it has even been displaying updated fantasy statistics throughout the day on the bottom of the screen.





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