I’ve Said It Before, And I’ll Say It Again

I’ve Said It Before, And I’ll Say It Again

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 3, 2010
  • 6 Comments

Boy, Steve Davis hits it on the head with this one. I know I’ve harped over MLS broadcasts before and Davis made several points I’d said in the past. Quality read for those (like me) who get annoyed easy while listening to a MLS game.

I always say the best cure for it is to do what Seattle is doing, a single broadcaster calling the game. It takes away the American style of showing a game with injury reports from the sideline and things like that but it add more to the broadcast than anything else. In other words less is more.

Then again I’ve always hated having a sideline reporter for soccer games anyways. Aside from the injury updates they hardly provide a single insight into the game.

  • kt99

    A single broadcaster if it's the right one. I haven't heard Arlo White yet. I can tell you that it's really damn difficult to be the only guy carrying a TV broadcast in this day and age for 45 minutes straight. You might not think so, but, like anything else, two people can be fine if it's the right two people. And one person would be not so good if it's the wrong person.

  • With out a doubt it has to be the right one. I'm not saying it's for everyone but it works damn well in Seattle. White is a joy to listen to (at least for me he is). Thing is it just isn't the American way to do it but I wouldn't be shocked to see at least one or two more teams give it a try.

  • kt99

    If they think they can save a buck or two, yeah.

    But here's the thing: radio is a play-by-play guy's medium. Television is an analyst's medium. If you can find the person who can do a great job of play-by-play, analysis and play traffic cop on television, I'd be thrilled to meet them. Because I know from experience that it's asking a lot of that person. And if you have the right two people, you're shortchanging them by just saying “Well, we'd rather have just one voice.” If one of the two voices is an idiot, then, by all means, it might be at least addition by subtraction. But it seems like if Seattle sneezes, the rest of MLS catches a cold.

  • kt99

    A single broadcaster if it's the right one. I haven't heard Arlo White yet. I can tell you that it's really damn difficult to be the only guy carrying a TV broadcast in this day and age for 45 minutes straight. You might not think so, but, like anything else, two people can be fine if it's the right two people. And one person would be not so good if it's the wrong person.

  • With out a doubt it has to be the right one. I'm not saying it's for everyone but it works damn well in Seattle. White is a joy to listen to (at least for me he is). Thing is it just isn't the American way to do it but I wouldn't be shocked to see at least one or two more teams give it a try.

  • kt99

    If they think they can save a buck or two, yeah.

    But here's the thing: radio is a play-by-play guy's medium. Television is an analyst's medium. If you can find the person who can do a great job of play-by-play, analysis and play traffic cop on television, I'd be thrilled to meet them. Because I know from experience that it's asking a lot of that person. And if you have the right two people, you're shortchanging them by just saying “Well, we'd rather have just one voice.” If one of the two voices is an idiot, then, by all means, it might be at least addition by subtraction. But it seems like if Seattle sneezes, the rest of MLS catches a cold.