You are right about that and what happened in the beginning of this NFL season with the replacement refs is just one of many examples of this.
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
In fact it was the relentless criticism from broadcasters and the press that forced the NFL to end the lockout.
But it is pretty much an accepted tradition in American sports that broadcasters will speak freely when they don't agree with officiating or judging.
I actually find Olympic coverage more restrained at times than what we normaly see in other sports.
I wonder if any Canadians here watched the recent USA/Canada Ladies Olympic soccer game.
That game had some controversial calls and I would bet the Canadian broadcasters called it the way they saw it.
If an announcer's job is to keep us informed then it seems they have a responsibilty to bring what they consider bad officiating or judging to our attention.
SkateFiguring took the violet pill
Different countries have different styles of commentating on TV. From my limited experiences with the American commentators, they are the worst in this sport. Passé, opinionated and demeaning it instead be promoting it.
My favorite is Kurt who is both entertaining and very educational, enlightening with his insights and pointing out what casual fans may easily miss, either in errors or in difficulties of executions. Canadian commentators often call an error as it happens and the consequence, demonstrating their keen professional eyes.
Chinese commentators usually give background info about the skater and sometimes the program before the skating starts. They are completely silent during the performance. Then they comment on the highlights and the scores as they come up. COP scoring is referenced and explained through out.
The British Euro guys are mostly enjoyable in their polite and enthusiastic comments but I find them a bit old fashioned, er, I mean 6.0 minded still. I like the French commentators if I can access their videos which are mostly blocked.
Would love to experience the Japanese TV comments if they would be translated.
Was this Scott and Sandra at their best or worst?
It certainly helped shake up skating when they told us something was wrong.
Here are their comments leading into the medal ceremony:
Last edited by janetfan; 09-28-2012 at 05:06 PM.