Stan Honey to be inducted in Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Published on August 3rd, 2017

The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame will induct its 11th annual class on December 12 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The Hall of Fame will once again honor sports-broadcasting legends from across the wide range of skill sets and professions that helped create today’s sports and media industry.

This year’s Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees include Stan Honey, who has previously been named U.S. Sailing’s 2010 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and in 2012 was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Alongside Honey will be Chris Berman, Brent Musburger, Bill Raftery, Linda Rheinstein, Bud Selig, Jack Simmons, Lesley Visser, John A. Walsh and Michael Weisman.

“Every year, the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame shines a light on the people who have helped elevate the sports-broadcasting industry week after week and year after year through hard work, tons of talent, and a vision that strives for excellence,” says Ken Aagaard, chairman, Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. “This year’s class has been expanded to 10 categories to ensure that we honor as many industry segments as possible, and, once again, the inductees are proof positive of the strong place our industry holds in the world.”

Aside from his sailing exploits, Honey has been a major figure in technological innovation in sports television.

Honey was the brains behind the America’s Cup broadcast, developing the onscreen graphics which have drastically improved the view ability of the event. Earlier, he co-founded Sportvision in 1998 and led development of the yellow first-down line widely used in NFL and college-football broadcasts, the ESPN K-Zone baseball pitch-tracking and highlighting system, and the Race/FX tracking and highlighting system used in NASCAR.

Prior to co-founding Sportvision, Honey worked as EVP, technology, for News Corp. from 1993 through 1998. He also holds eight patents in navigation technology and 21 patents in tracking and television special effects.

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