I must add, I've been out of the US for the bulk of the last 14 years, so these changes, perhaps gradual for you, are shocking for me.
1) The all encompassing sound effects that accompany a production truck's graphics. Baseball on the FSN RSN's is especially egregious.
2) Truck produced in game "packages" - someone's at bat from last night, sights and sounds of the game, etc. As a viewer - and listener - I want a seamless experience of watching the game.
Every time a producer forces his vision of the game on me, I get really pissed off.
Television used to be the closest thing to being at the game. It is now like being at an amusement park.
3) Announcers who think they are more important than the event. Sutton and Grace are the worst example of this. It's frathouse baseball.
4) The promotion of future events. I'm a sports fan. I know when the next game is and who will be televising it. The game I'm watching now is nothing but a 3 hour commercial for the next game.
5) The "Bloombergization" of the screen. The perpetual "crawl" is an absolute insult to the viewer. Every half hour is fine. Most people have the internet, or with D* "scoreguide", if they are desperate for a score.
How many times do I need to read the Pirates - Brewers game was postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date?
Worse still is the graphic that pops up during play. Versus NHL coverage is the most egregious example of this, telling us about a game they will show 2 days later while a team is on the power play, trying to tie the game.
Why don't they do this after the whistle?
Oh, wait, I know, it's because the idiot producer want us to see what he's prepared for the time between whistle and face off.
6) Announcers who believe the play by play action is in their way. Listen to Michael Kay some night. I actually like this guy, but on most pitches, even on those ending in routine outs, he flips a comment ending with his voice inflecting up, instead of down the way most people finish a sentence. The he immediately goes back to whatever he was talking about with whoever is next to him that night.
It is a small thing, but over 3 hours it makes the action he is being paid to report seem superfluous compared to his "listen to me" attitude.
7) For baseball, why does every pitch have to be shown from the centerfield camera? There are numerous times in a game the camera from behind home plate, either high or low, can reveal more of what's happening. For example: bunt situations, 3 - 2 counts with runners on, etc.
The centerfield camera is great. But, when you buy a ticket, don't you want to watch the game from behind home plate?
8) "Homer" announcers of any kind. At 55 years old, guess what? I know who I cheer for. I don't need Ken Harrelson telling me what's "good and bad".
9) Back to baseball game producers again. And this really pisses me off. There are certain games where the producer / director has someone adjusting the volume of a certain microphone during a pitch. The Dodgers are the worst at this. You can here the microphone aimed at home plate being elevated on most pitches to "enhance" our experience.
I'll use this word again. It is egregious.
10) Nah, I'll stop at 9. I don't want you to think I'm a grumpy old man.
I promise to start a thread about what I do like. Um, er, sometime soon.
Finally, if you want to watch an event the way it should be produced?
Watch any Word Cup match the next month - even if you don't like football.
ESPN, who created almost all the 9 things above I'm pissed about, has done a great job the first week of the World Cup.
It's about the event, not the producer.
Is that so tough???
PS: As I'm typing this, at the end of the Cardinals game, I heard something else that encapsulizes the copy cat mentality of sports production.
If I hear another announcer say, "We'll be back to break it all down", I may throw a beer bottle through my screen.
Other than that, Happy Monday!
Edited by cmasia, 14 June 2010 - 08:48 PM.