Don Ohlmeyer took over the ESPN ombudsman position this year, and his posts are generally worth a read for those who like sports and have vague interest in their coverage. He did an interesting piece during his most recent installment on announcing and the general problems he sees with broadcast.
He specifically talked about the Notre Dame/Purdue game from a few weeks ago in this one, specifically the announcers missing a crucial drive by ND to talk with
Wilford Brimley Joe Tiller, and then following that up with "Todd's Taste of the Town" during another crucial drive late in the game.
Also talked about scheduling and games that overflow, taking away coverage of the scheduled programming. While he mentions college football taking away from NHRA racing, he had two points that really stood out to me:
- About 25% of college football watchers stay to watch NHRA. I can understand bars, but that seems high.
- He neglects to mention anything about NCAAFB games that are already done and decided, but are finishing their last 2-3 minutes of game clock, taking away from the start to games that haven't been decided yet.
He also touches on GameDay talking/filming through the National Anthem (reasonable explanation was involved) and ESPN's coverage of Hispanic Heritage on Monday Night Football.