Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Fox broadcast of BCS lacking

The BCS has a lot of problems.

Add Fox’s broadcasts to the list.

Fox paid a reported $320 million for the right to a total of 16 BCS games (minus the Rose Bowl, televised by ABC) from 2007 to 2010. Problem is, Fox doesn’t have the rights to college games during the regular season.

When you watch the college game day show on ESPN, analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit add familiarity with the college game that you don’t get from, say, Jimmy Johnson during the halftime show on Fox.

At least twice during Monday’s broadcast, play-by-play man Thom Brennaman exclaimed, “Touchdown” for Ohio State when no touchdown had been scored. Brian Robiskie dropped a pass while he was in the end zone, and Malcolm Jenkins stepped out of bounds 11 yards before reaching the goal line.

The crew also did a poor job highlighting and explaining penalties, particularly LSU’s personal foul after Harry Coleman’s fourth-quarter fumble return. Charles Davis’ informative in-game analysis of Gary Crowton’s cleverly orchestrated passes to tight end Richard Dickson and Bo Pelini’s blitzes were the highlight of an otherwise shaky broadcast.

It was bad enough to make you thankful for CBS, which is in the midst of a $6 billion deal for the rights to the NCAA tournament through 2014. Fox executives ought to watch closely in March and take some notes.

– Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

Amen. Fox is absolutely horrible. They also completely bricked on another personal foul explanation against OSU in the first half in favor of a puff piece on Archie Griffin. But, hey, at least I know who the president of the OSU Alumni Association is.

Anonymous said...

Glad I wasn't the only one who noticed how bad it was. To take it back a week I think I saw more of Kansas' and Virginia Tech's Marching Band in the stands than I didn't the Quarterbacks and players. Both band's drum majors got more face-time than both the entire teams. After nearly every play, they would show a clip of either band.

Anonymous said...

One movie I don't ever want to see now: Jumper. What was up with the Jumper replays. Almost as bad as the overplayed Dane Cook and MLB Playoff commercials we had to endure.

Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly. I was thinking "These guys can't be serious" during the entire game. FOX needs to get it together.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree. They were also slow to show replays or didn't show them at all on some occasions. It's also ridiculous to have a Charles Davis in the booth. I actually like him and think he did an admirable considering he works for the Golf Channel 364 days of the year and they stick him in to do the national championship!. And seeing Jumper on the screen every five seconds also made me never want to see that movie.