Poor amatuerish production has been the norm for most of the networks for the past 20 years. More teams in the NFL means more games and spreading the TV talent in all areas out. One thing is almost for certain, with the Bills as irrelevant as they are now we always get the B team commentators, camera people and producers. The McCoy play where he got facemasked was a HUGE non call. It was a blatant facemask and should have been called. It hugely affected the outcome of the game. YET the clueless commentators did not mention it and somehow the guys in the TV production van didn't spot it either to show us a closeup replay or even mention to the commentators to look at. I find that watching football on a big flatscreen in HD is awesome. The images have never looked better but the way the game is covered even with all the new camera angles, pales in comparison to the production values of the 80s and 90s. The commentators are shills for the NFL and are afraid to make critical comments of the coaches, players and officials even when they do incredibly stupid stuff or make bad calls.
Absolutely. The commentators are cowards.
I remember when ESPN used to air Sunday Night Football, and the crew was Mike Patrick & Joe Theismann.
I know a lot of people didn't like Theismann, but he and MIke Patrick had the guts to call out the officials whenever there was a bad call or non-call.
Today we have NFL "Rules Experts" who we go to when there is a controversial call, and they are absolutely worthless. Apparently the networks think that the fans watching on television are so dumb, that they need to have a bad call explained to us. When in reality we know more than the "experts", and we are not gutless like the announcers to call it like it is.
Edited by Mark Vader, 19 September 2017 - 11:12 AM.