03/23/2012 07:15 EDT | Updated 05/23/2012 05:12 EDT

America's Cup TV technology nominated for Emmy; more layoffs of regatta staff

SAN DIEGO - A new computer graphics and data technology that allows television viewers to see America's Cup racing with a closeness and accuracy never before possible has been nominated for an Emmy.

The system, known as LiveLine, has been nominated for the George Wensel Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, which recognizes extraordinary technical innovation that enhances the broadcast for viewers.

LiveLine overlays geo-positioned lines and data streams at two centimetres accuracy on live racing video shot from rapidly moving helicopters and boats.

LiveLine was developed by Stan Honey and the same team that invented the yellow first-down line used in the broadcast of American football.

The America's Cup Event Authority, the event's commercial arm, announced Friday it laid off 14 employees in San Francisco and 14 in other offices. The third major shake-up since late last year was due to the reduction in the size of the regatta in 2013.