There is already a fair amount of complaining about the BTN's "amateurish" production quality, and the game hasn't even started.
Look, they are an infant television network, that has been catapulted into the spotlight because of the high demand for big ten sports. They'll get better. So before we spend the whole afternoon bitching about camera work and Chris Martin being the dumbest human being on the planet, take a moment to appreciate:
100% of Michigan football games are televised nationally.
98% of Michigan's basketball games are televised nationally.
In a few years, Big Ten Hockey will exist, and I don't know what % but a hell of a lot more % than now of Michigan hockey games will be televised nationally.
Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are not as bad as everyone says. (I actually watch the BTN pregame instead of gameday, mostly, because I am much more interested in the Big Ten mathchups than in OMG SEC!!!! CAm Newton!
Close shave, America! Close shave, Barbasol!
We get to see Volleyball sometimes, or Softball, or Baseball, or Field Hockey, or Gymnastics, which like, didn't exist on television.
They show 1000000x replays of every Michigan game. Also, for whatever person was complaining about how they never show Michigan wins, I think you are thinking of classic. BTN has shown M beat ND in 2009 approximately 82 bjillion times.
When Dave Revsine says NOOWwww! And everyone's like "wow that's dumb," I'm pretty sure he's being ironic, and I find it funny. I thought it was dumb the first 88 times, but he's still going strong after saying for every show, all week, for every sport, for 3 years. That kinda makes it hilarious when you think about it.
The production value will go up. Keep supporting the network (I watch BTN more than any channel, especially during basketball season). As they get more experience, and make more money, things will smooth out. Go compare a BTN broadcast to an ESPN one in its first 3 years of existence, right?
Support the big ten network, it is a good thing. Quit yer complaining.