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After watching a bunch of hockey and baseball this weekend, I had a thought. Most of the announcers (for baseball anyway) are calling the games from a studio. I can not really tell a difference in their calls.

Why would they ever go back to having these announcers travel to all of the games?



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I wish they would just have crowd noise instead (oh, wait...) Most announcers don't even talk about what's actually happening on the field or ice...they ramble on with stories about god knows what, and when they talk about something that happened in the game it's usually with an air of "look how smart I am" attached to it.I have no use for them anymore. If I could filter them out and just go with natural sound, i would.

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brodiescomics wrote: After watching a bunch of hockey and baseball this weekend, I had a thought. Most of the announcers (for baseball anyway) are calling the games from a studio. I can not really tell a difference in their calls.

Why would they ever go back to having these announcers travel to all of the games?

The calls have been AWFUL!  There is a huge difference. Even the announcers admit that they have to wait until they’re told what’s going on sometimes because they can only see what’s on the monitor. The quality of the announcing has been horrid. 



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The Texas Rangers should probably consider having their broadcasters work from home and call the game by watching a video feed of the action. Last week, one of the Texas Rangers radio broadcasters came down with COVID but the ball team was able to avoid a lockdown since the broadcaster was already restricted from areas where the team and coaches were prior to his infestation.

There are slight delays in the announcing, action, and graphics during broadcasts. During last night's Mavericks game, the score displayed on the screen was updating prior to the ball being shot (the video was about a second or two behind).


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Big Garea Fan wrote:

There are slight delays in the announcing, action, and graphics during broadcasts. During last night's Mavericks game, the score displayed on the screen was updating prior to the ball being shot (the video was about a second or two behind).


Sometimes I'd come across the same effect at the bar where one tv would be a second or two ahead of another tv, so people behind you watching a different tv a few seconds ahead would cheer a goal or a save before you actually saw it happen.

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ESPN has had some college basketball games as high up the ladder as the Big 12 called off monitors in Bristol for several years now. I believe it does so for streaming only football games along the lines of the Sun Belt and C-USA. BTN has had announcers calling games off of monitors for Big Ten basketball games pitting conference members against lower D-1 teams in the early part of the season. The hoops announcers don't get shown. The football announcers might do a stand up or two either in front of some sort of generic backdrop or against a green screen with the network logo, both of which are done even when announcers are at games live. It is never mentioned that the announcers aren't there but at the same time no one claims they are either. I still think for major games and sports like the NFL, announcers will be on site, but I can definitely see the practice of calling games off of monitors get expanded as a cost cutting measure.

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Another thing that doesn't help is the robotic mode they go into when reciting stats. I stopped watching Monday Night Football when it went to ESPN (when was that? 2009) due to Mike Tirico.

"It's 3 and 11. This QB's average pass completion distance on 3rd down is 8.3 yards. He will need more that that. The quarterback throws and it is complete for 7 yards and 2 Yards-After-Catch! That is 2 yards short and it will be up to the punter and his 45.8 net yard average to pin the other team down and do hopefully do better than their average starting position of the 23 yard line, which is the 8th best mark in the league".

I honestly blame fantasy football and the proliferation of stats and stat-heads.



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I guess maybe I just don't listen that closely.

One thing for sure is I really fucking tune out when they start bringing up current events. I'm watching sports to get away from that shit. Just call the fucking game.



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I think the person to most be concerned is the sideline reporter and pre-show personnel. It has become evident at how many personnel have been used at every game that was adding very little. I can see a lot of good long blondes ex-jock talking heads in the unemployment line when sports return to some sort or normalcy.



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I've been known and actually do it more often as time passes to turn the volume of sporting events down to near nothing- especially if the announcers are especially annoying. Something I wish I could have accomplished with the ex wife.


Often times I'm at the computer or have laptop or tablet and am doing other things and will glance up from time to time. 

The occasions when I'm glued to the screen watching a sporting even have faded into memory. 

If I'm watching some old school wrestling from whatever source I am more heavily invested in what is happening. Sports and wrestling of today, not do much. 

I agree that fantasy sports is impacting how announcers, players, reporters , anyone involved in sports really, speaks.



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Erick Von Erich wrote: Another thing that doesn't help is the robotic mode they go into when reciting stats. I stopped watching Monday Night Football when it went to ESPN (when was that? 2009) due to Mike Tirico.

"It's 3 and 11. This QB's average pass completion distance on 3rd down is 8.3 yards. He will need more that that. The quarterback throws and it is complete for 7 yards and 2 Yards-After-Catch! That is 2 yards short and it will be up to the punter and his 45.8 net yard average to pin the other team down and do hopefully do better than their average starting position of the 23 yard line, which is the 8th best mark in the league".

I honestly blame fantasy football and the proliferation of stats and stat-heads.
I feel the same way about baseball when they spout off about launch angles, exit velocities, and a ton of sabremetric acronyms (WAR, VORP, etc).  During the Yankees-Red Sox game last night, one of the announcers was droning on and on about his love of FanGraphs and all of the statistical data it contains. Between the sabremetrics crap and Alex Rodriguez, I was only able to get through about 2 innings of commentary before I muted the TV and turned on Spotify.


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I listened to the Mets game over the weekend. Their radio announce team had major difficulties...they had a large monitor, but the resolution was poor and the color was screwy and they couldn't pick up the ball at all. Said it was similar to doing a game at Three Rivers Stadium in the mid '80s. They had a small monitor with high resolution, and it was too small to see much movement. You can "fake it" on the radio considering TV is on a bigger delay, but you can't fake the TV broadcast so if they actually do this they need to REALLY step up their game. I would think that going forward, Home Team announcers will broadcast all games from their home stadium. Each stadium will have a media room for the away games that has every camera angle broadcast in. It would be cheaper and smarter than sending your people first class to the West Coast from NY, that's for sure. And what's the worst thing that happens? They lose the feed and we have a "no announcer game" like the 1980 Dolphins at Jets. If you collect old football games, look this one up. It was a lot of fun to watch, made me realize that the announcers are only really important when they take away from the action. Adding to it is great, but the action stands on it's own.



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It’s been awhile and maybe they are all Credited to Gruden but I remember a period were I heard announcers saying things like running the pipe and down hill thumper. I know what they are talking about but it sounds dumb as shit.


Commenting from a monitor At home would save a lot of money and would help the environment; Greta would approve. 

I think this would be a perfect time to stop having all of the side people around. Press, announcers, hanger ons, club house boys, etc. none of that is needed and is a waste. How many more post game press conferences does someone really need to hear? “We are going to take it one game at a time. Etc etc etc” 

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Big Garea Fan wrote: Erick Von Erich wrote: Another thing that doesn't help is the robotic mode they go into when reciting stats. I stopped watching Monday Night Football when it went to ESPN (when was that? 2009) due to Mike Tirico.

"It's 3 and 11. This QB's average pass completion distance on 3rd down is 8.3 yards. He will need more that that. The quarterback throws and it is complete for 7 yards and 2 Yards-After-Catch! That is 2 yards short and it will be up to the punter and his 45.8 net yard average to pin the other team down and do hopefully do better than their average starting position of the 23 yard line, which is the 8th best mark in the league".

I honestly blame fantasy football and the proliferation of stats and stat-heads.
I feel the same way about baseball when they spout off about launch angles, exit velocities, and a ton of sabremetric acronyms (WAR, VORP, etc).  During the Yankees-Red Sox game last night, one of the announcers was droning on and on about his love of FanGraphs and all of the statistical data it contains. Between the sabremetrics crap and Alex Rodriguez, I was only able to get through about 2 innings of commentary before I muted the TV and turned on Spotify.



Alex Rodriguez has been really irritating this year after getting rave reviews from everyone the last couple of years. Even I had to grudgingly admit he was a good analyst. But his voice and some of the points he harps on this year really makes me want to mute him.  I’m just glad Jessica Mendoza is off the telecast because the two of them together would really be awful. 



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Big Garea Fan wrote: The Texas Rangers should probably consider having their broadcasters work from home and call the game by watching a video feed of the action. Last week, one of the Texas Rangers radio broadcasters came down with COVID but the ball team was able to avoid a lockdown since the broadcaster was already restricted from areas where the team and coaches were prior to his infestation.

There are slight delays in the announcing, action, and graphics during broadcasts. During last night's Mavericks game, the score displayed on the screen was updating prior to the ball being shot (the video was about a second or two behind).



The Astros' TV guy (Harry Kalas' son) tested positive also. 



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