Now I’m FOX Smart

Addendum:  9-26/2016  Apologies to ESPN…   I originally published this page after listening to a FOX broadcast of a Cubs game.  

The following night, ESPN was broadcasting the Cubs game, and in my opinion ESPN was not guilty of what I consider a sub-standard broadcast as described below.

In fact, ESPN did a very good job of being focused on the game, considering the death of Jose Fernandez was top priority, and a story they managed to put across very well without distraction from the game.

I also criticized the constant talk that occurred, and was actually impressed with ESPN’s broadcast for the time during the game, they did not have continuous chatter, featuring little known facts about nothing necessarily relevant.

Overall, ESPN didn’t sound like they had 3 people on the air, all trying to participate between every pitch.  They did not sound like they had a crew just looking up facts, and stats for the broadcast team.

Both network teams should understand a couple of things.  First, the 7th inning stretch is a big tradition at Wrigley Field.  Stay with stretch time, then go to break.

Finally, you don’t leave the broadcast too soon after a Cubs win at Wrigley Field.  Go Cubs Go is another tradition.  Stay on it for several minutes.  

Talk over it a bit, and even go to a quick interview but, don’t put a network closing logo up too soon, and play network music over, ‘Go Cubs Go.’  This is where MLB-tv cuts out.

End of Addendum, Thank you———————————— 

Every second of today’s big 10-4 win for St. Louis included an entire verbal analysis of every pitch, and every swing of the bat. When no pitch or, swing of the bat was offered, we were barraged with background information that mattered (Don’t take this seriously.  I am being sarcastic.) 

When I’m stuck with FOX or, ESPN, none of the announcers shut up long enough so I can enjoy the game in front of me.  I don’t think they even breathe in.

You know what?  I don’t remember any of their chatter because, after awhile it just sounds like a continual buzzing in the ear.

National network telecast analytics sound like a quick rush to a baseball dictionary.  They never sound like all of this is just streaming from their vast knowledge, it just doesn’t!

Many local broadcasts incorporate some analytics, and usually when Len, and J.D. on the Cubs broadcasts become involved in a questionable analytic, one says to the other, ‘Can we look that up?’  It sounds real.  It also sounds professional.

Len, and J.D. as well as many other local team announcers, don’t sound compelled to hear themselves talk at every possible moment.  

Sometimes all is better left unsaid  if only for a few seconds or, more  for when something should be said.

FOX, and ESPN sound, and look like a generic to all who follow a specific team.  They lack acknowledgement of fan tradition or other local nuances only a seasoned local broadcast team can bring to the picture. 

How did I end up with FOX?  There was an MLB-tv blackout on the local game but, FOX was telecasting 2 games at once.  

One was the Cubs, and Cardinals with the other being Detroit, and Kansas City.  So, they were not network wide telecasts.  They were regional, and my area ended up with Detroit, and KC.

So, what do I get?  FOX on MLB-tv.  I got my game, cashing in another 4 or 5gb of my allotted ISP bandwidth.  The difference?  An inferior broadcast costing the same amount of bandwidth.

MLB-tv really needs to get a firmer hand on the difference between regional, and network wide telecasts.

 They could demand that regional games on at the same time are blacked out by, simply offering each game simultaneously on 2 of their individual channels to qualify for a network blackout.

If there is a split of regional telecasts on 1 channel they must appropriately apply the blackout by, the region or, not at all.

Now, let’s put today’s game behind us.  After all, the Cubs are already flying the W!






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