Hurry-Up offense and ESPN commercials?

Submitted by will on September 5th, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Read an article on ESPN a few weeks ago about how ND was restructuring their commercial agreements with NBC to accomodate their new up-tempo offense.

I don't know if it was a regional (I'm in HHI, south carolina this week) but the commercial timing was horrible. On at least 2 occaisions they went to commercial right in the middle of a drive. With 10 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, the game was on and then BAM, commercials. End of the quarter is a good time for a commericial, but with our offence I spent the next 2 minutes wondering if I missed a TD or if our drive would be over.

Did the coverage up north have the same issues? I hope its something ESPN either had opening week jitters with, or can get fixed quickly! (I know ND is next week, so at least NBC will be prepared :-P )




September 5th, 2010 at 9:30 AM ^

The crew doing the game seemed a bit unprepared.  A few times they were stuck on closeup shots when the play started and it was impossible to tell what was going on.  Also there was a point where they went to a game break mid-drive and missed a passing play to Stonum.  

Still, not having Pam Ward was a big plus, so I'm not complaining.


September 5th, 2010 at 9:59 AM ^

ESPN also had a hard time showing the starting line ups. I know I missed a Michigan play on their first drive due to ESPN introducing a UConn defense I did not care about.


September 5th, 2010 at 10:39 AM ^

and Notre Dame won't be the only program demanding a bettter commercial scheme for the networks.  I think a pounding down in South Bend and we'll have the ESPN COMMENTATORS demanding not to switch to commercial during a drive just so they won't miss another speed burst from D. Rob.  GO BLUE!!