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What Happened To Sportscenter?


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#1 blueandgold04

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 09:55 AM

i remember when sportscenter and espn swept the sports world. a network whose only purpose was to provide as much sports news as possible.

at its pinnacle, about 4-5 years ago, i personnally thought it was a great format to deliver sports info. two guys/gals sitting at a desk with hours of sports footage and whitty phrasing. from the mainstream to the obscure, all was covered. it followed the KISS principle beautifully.

last night i was watching sportscenter, and like so many good things in media, it has gone too far. sure, there are still two people reporting from a desk, but for 15 minutes within the show retired sports figures (usually football) take off their suitcoats and enter an astroturf minifield to "analyze" upcoming games.

i dont care to watch 4 men, no longer in their prime, try to recapture their past by breaking down what they think might happen during the game. it is boring and superfluous.

i love watching highlights and hearing play-by-play, but watching this absurdity has again proven that good things will eventually be distorted and taken too far, like mtv.

does anyone else agree that they are trying too hard to make it more than it is?
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 03:44 PM

I have to disagree with you (sorry)

Mainly because the ratings are up from five years ago. Which means that more people are watching.

Second, why you are seeing all of the analyzing going on is because the Superbowl is this weekend. The Superbowl is the most watched sports event (i think it is the most watched televised program too). Once the superbowl is done it will go back to normal.

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 04:01 PM

i hope you are right. :thumbsup: i will admit i haven't had cable for the last 2 years. still, it just seems to me that the commentators and shows make everything more than it is. i am against sensationalism, let the players speak for themselves through the sport. listening and watching grown men try to anticipate the actions of other grown men can be exasperating.
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"Chance favors the prepared mind." -Louis Pasteur
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