Post by Mark Jackson Post by Mark Jackson
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.)
I've been yelling at the TV at Croft to STFU for years now. IMO he lets
Sky's coverage down immensely as all he seems to be is a motor-mouth who, as
you say, forces the far more knowledgeable Brundle to have to rush to talk
in the gaps.
I've taken to muting the first few laps of a race as I find I get far more
info from the screen than I do when Croft is distracting me from the
subtlety by blabbering about the obvious.
Post by Mark Jackson
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
All in all a huge step backwards; hard to see how this is going to
increase US interest in F1.
Ir must be far cheaper for a broadcaster to just take the (normally
uninterrupted) Sky feed than it was to have in-studio commentators and
playback facilities. Liberty want to increase US interest, not ESPN (who
just want to make money from what the have). For things to change Liberty
will have to specify how 'the product' is presented and I'm thinking that
will have to wait until the current contract with ESPN expires and a new
contract is written...
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)