Tuesday, October 02, 2007
This was one of the few issues I was on ESPN's side for. MLB was strong-arming the network into running promos for TBS by threatening to exclude the "Leader" from doing broadcasts on-site for the playoffs. It seems highly unfair that they should have to promote another network, but they've caved.
Reader Champ emailed me earlier in the day to say they were running promos on ESPN News and Scott Van Pelt just mentioned the TBS Playoffs on the late SportsCenter. I guess the importance of on-site reporting out-weighed the advertising side of things.
I don't think it's really necessary to be on-site, but apparently ESPN does.
ESPN And MLB, Going At It Again (Awful Announcing)
Update: From Reader AG comes a few more tidbits......
"I saw Van Pelt on the late SportsCenter and it was pretty comical. There was a full screen graphic up for the Phils/Rox and on the top part of the screen it alerted viewers to the ESPN Radio broadcast, which was of course mentioned first. Van Pelt then kind of mumbled that the game would also be seen on TBS and there was a tiny little notification on the bottom of the graphic about the tv coverage. Also, when they showed the final play of the Rox/Padres game they muted TBS completely and played the ESPN Radio announcers describing of Holliday's slide. This is done all the time w/ hometown radio broadcasts spliced over national telecasts and I enjoy hearing local versions of the same play But these were neutral announcers used in place of neutral announcers."ESPN doesn't seem too happy about airing any of this, but oh well....you've gotta do what you gotta do.