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Bobby;2642000 said:Watch an event on ESPN, and watch an event from the same sport on something like Raycom. The difference is stark.
ESPN treats its viewers as if they all suffer from an extreme form of ADD. It's gotten really bad in their MLS and US National Team coverage the last couple of years. Not just the storytelling, but they keep experimenting with presentation techniques. The latest trend is to switch to a different camera every 3 seconds during a game. That simply doesn't work for soccer. It seems like they're saying "soccer is boring to watch, so we're going to keep switching between different shots to keep our viewers interested." It's distracting and degrading to the game.Bobby;2642027 said:ESPN subscribes to the "story telling" method of sports broadcasting, which works well for baseball, and American football (also cricket), but it doesn't work well for football and basketball. It annoys people when the sport they're watching is dumbed down by the announcers, it's as if they're telling you that they're smarter than you.
Rocky;2642923 said:Same here, don't have FSC and it would cost me an extra 30 bucks a month because I would have to upgrade my satellite package. And no more untelevised games on ESPN360(I love Verizon) for me either. I don't see what was so wrong with ESPN. Who cares about storytelling and **** like that? If I can see the game, I can tune out the other bull**** which is probably why I never even gave the storytelling much thought. Yeah ESPN might be guilty of storytelling commentary but FSC is no saint either. I caught an online stream of FSC and their commentary was nauseating. Not so much storytelling, but still absolute bull**** was being spewed from their mouths. I think the ESPN commentators sound a little more knowledgeable, IMO, even if some of you might not agree with that. At least Tommy Smyth's accent provides some entertainment. An unnecessary change, seeing as ESPN' was adding more coverage and it's just a step in the wrong direction if American viewers want more CL coverage. Two live games every matchday on either ESPN or ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, a game on tape delay on ESPNClassic, and every other game live on ESPN360. Can FSC even match that coverage, probably not. They have nothing to match something like ESPN360, like ShiftyPowers stated. At best, FSC can show up to two games on one matchday and no more. With ESPN's regular programming plus ESPN360, you have access to all or at least most games not broadcast on national tv.