On 3/25/2018 6:50 PM, Dan the Man wrote:
> On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 5:33:20 PM UTC-4, Heron wrote:
>> On 3/25/2018 2:03 PM, Mark Jackson wrote:
>>> On 3/24/2018 6:37 PM, Mark Jackson wrote:
>>>> So far I am not impressed by the Sky commentary team compared to what
>>>> NBC had, but I will reserve final judgement until I've watched an
>>>> actual race while fully conscious.
>>> OK, the US TV coverage was terrible.
>>> First, the commentary team talks too much, that is to say constantly.
>>> (To be fair I can't really say that Brundle talks too much as Croft
>>> never gives him a chance to do so. But he does jump right in and fill
>>> the odd moments when Croft pauses right up, so there's no relief.)
>>> Second, the production suffers greatly from just taking the Sky feed. In
>>> previous years we had a US-specific commentary team with technical
>>> support, so commercial breaks could be integrated into the presentation.
>>> This also meant that if something interesting happened during the
>>> commercial the team could break from the live world feed to replay the
>>> incident and explain what had happened.
>>> Yesterday commercials (usually, but not always, split-screen) began in
>>> the middle of what a Sky commentator was saying, came back with similar
>>> disregard for context, and there was no possibility of replays (unless
>>> one happened to be on the world feed) or supporting descriptions.
>>> All in all a huge step backwards; hard to see how this is going to
>>> increase US interest in F1.
>> Seems likely that ESPN simply purchased access rights to
>> the Sky feed, and broadcast portions at their discretion.
>> Statement from ESPN:
>> "We deeply apologize to Formula 1 fans for the technical
>> issues that caused them to miss the first 20 minutes of
>> the pre-race show for the Australian Grand Prix. We are
>> sorry that our first F1 telecast did not go as smoothly
>> as we would have liked but we are taking steps to prevent
>> those same issues from occurring in the future. We thank
>> fans for watching and for their incredible passion for F1."
>> But being familiar with ABC/ESPN coverage of AOWR in
>> the past, I don't hold out much hope for improvement.
> Back in the day, ESPN had Bob Varsha and David Hobbs announcing. ESPN has been chainsawing payroll over the last year or so; I don't hold out much hope of them hiring announcers to smooth out the coverage, any time soon. What a waste.
The average RASF1'er could do a better job.