The Suns Are Going Extra Retro Tonight

Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Suns do have some pretty sweet throwbacks to chose from, but that's not even what this Retro Night is about. We're talking about a Retro Broadcast. Via AZ Sports Hub....

Thursday night's 40th anniversary celebration for the Phoenix-Seattle game will feature many throwback elements, except retro jerseys, but fans watching on My 45 might feel taken back in time even more.

The game broadcast will start in black and white with a grainy-film look and two camera angles. The graphics will have no logos, a huge, basic scoreboard, an in-laid camera shot of the game clock and "instant replay" labels. A Suns dancer will hold billboard advertisements.

In the second quarter, television play-by-play announcer Tom Leander will do radio while Hall of Fame radio voice Al McCoy will join former analyst Greg Schulte on television as the production goes to 1980s color with more angles. After two segments, former announcer George Allen will join Leander and analyst Eddie Johnson.
Seems like a fun idea. The game is going to be on TNT, but its only going to be B&W on the local Phoenix feed it seems. That's a shame.

Suns TV Broadcast Goes Retro (AZ Sports Hub)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:04 PM


Didn't Fox do this with a baseball game in the past, where the camera quality & color would change every inning?

Rick James Bible Owner said...
Jan 3, 2008, 2:53:00 PM  

FOX Sports did this years ago for the MLB on Fox Saturday broadcast. I believe it was Cubs/Dodgers and they started with grainy pictures and no announcers, and then gradually added graphics and sound to present day through out the course of the innings. It was pretty dern cool

Anonymous said...
Jan 3, 2008, 2:53:00 PM  

Barkley is sad...I hear black and white makes you look slimmer.

Anonymous said...
Jan 3, 2008, 2:55:00 PM  

For further throwback, they're going to require both teams start all white players.

Brave Sir Robin said...
Jan 3, 2008, 3:00:00 PM  

Yeah Fox did this with the Cubs/Dodgers, I think it was to commemorate the first televised baseball game. I like their idea, use the whole game and show how the game has changed on TV. I think they should show it on TNT, too most basketball fans are suckers for nostalgia.

dickey simpkins said...
Jan 3, 2008, 3:42:00 PM  

Bring back Ced Ceballos!!!

GMoney said...
Jan 3, 2008, 3:49:00 PM  

This might make me actually care about a basketball game... WOW!

Anonymous said...
Jan 3, 2008, 4:11:00 PM  

The Minnesota Timberwolves did this one night too on a local broadcast where every few mintues in the game they would skip the broadcast ahead by ten years, it was pretty sweet.

Dane said...
Jan 3, 2008, 6:21:00 PM  

I know FOX did this, but I thought it was just a Fox Sports West thing and not nationwide. Anyway, it was just awful. At first it was interesting watching a game with one camera angle and black and white, but Vinny would not shut the hell up about it. Every inning, he introduced a new thing and then talked about it for 45 minutes like it was a cute child(the other thing he likes to spend 40 minutes on). It was worth it, though, for the 5th inning when the color came back and Vinny yelled "KAZAAAAAAM!"

Anonymous said...
Jan 3, 2008, 8:42:00 PM  

Yeah, I remember the Pistons did this a few years ago too.

Anonymous said...
Jan 3, 2008, 9:34:00 PM  

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