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Camera Work From Camera Jerks

Postseason, regular season, any season–it doesn’t matter: greed never has an off-season.

I call this truism to everyone’s attention because I just noticed a new money-grubbing wrinkle while watching game 1 of the ALCS on FS1: the computer-imposed ads, usually seen behind home plate on the backstop, have now metastasized onto the batter’s eye in center field.

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What’s In A Lame Name?

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The ALDS presented by…huh? What the hell is a “Doosan”?

Whatever Doosan is, I’m not sure they’re getting much out of their title sponsorship. Even their ads don’t seem to convey anything meaningful about who they are and what they do. All they seem to be accomplishing is making MLB and FOX (via FS1) look ridiculous.

What can we look forward to in the later rounds? “The World Series presented by Hinky-Dinky”?

Not all sponsorship dollars are created equal. Major League Baseball could have had someone else–virtually anyone else–sponsor the playoff series, and while they might have grubbed up a few less dollars by doing so, they would have saved themselves far more than the difference in maintaining some dignity and prestige.

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Say ‘Que?’

There’s been a lot of surprising and puzzling things going on early in this NFL season, but maybe the most surprising and puzzling thing is happening not on the field, but on your television.

Why exactly is ESPN broadcasting Monday Night Football in Spanish on ESPN2?

The standard bilge from the network will undoubtedly tell you that it’s a move intended to further build viewership in that oh-so-important demographic, but I suspect there’s more going on here than meets the eye and ear. And it’s at least as much about what’s going wrong with ESPN as it is about courting Spanish-language viewers for the network and its NFL partner.

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The Song Remains A Pain

If you asked me why I tuned in to this year’s U.S. Open, I could probably enumerate 750 reasons for my viewership, and the words “Shania” and “Twain” would never come up.

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Shania Twain: another example of a terrible trend in sports broadcasting

Likewise, if and when I tune in to Sunday Night Football, I will do so with absolutely no interest whom they have singing their execrable theme song. (Possibly still Carrie underwood, but I make vigorous attempts to ignore and/or miss the opening, so I’m not entirely sure.)

In fact, I never care about someone’s music when I turn on any sort of sporting event–because I tune in for, you know, the sports.

Why can’t these broadcasters understand that? Continue reading The Song Remains A Pain

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The First Great Call Of The NFL Season

It seemed like a crazy thing when Tony Romo decided to bow out of the NFL and head into the broadcast booth. It seemed even crazier when CBS decided not only to hire Romo, but to also shove Phil Simms aside and install Romo next to the network’s no. 1 announcer Jim Nantz, thus making him the channel’s de facto top game analyst. No one has made a move like that since John Madden left the sidelines to jump into the broadcast booth–and even Madden needed a little seasoning before he became The Guy.

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Nantz, Wolfson, and newcomer Tony Romo: the new guy makes a great call

After Sunday’s season opener, none of it seems all that crazy anymore. Continue reading The First Great Call Of The NFL Season