SIDELINE REPORTERS SIDELINED
Have you noticed? I didn’t. Of course I watch mostly Fox because of the Bears, but CBS no longer employs sideline reporters during its broadcasts. Ed Sherman has a great column today about the decision by CBS to go sans sideline reporter.
“Much of the information given by sideline reporters is better given by people like Jim Nantz, Greg Gumbel or Phil Simms,” CBS Sports President Sean McManus said. “To hear a sideline reporter say something the analyst also has access to, we thought that takes away from the overall presentation. If I want to hear a perspective on the game, I’d prefer to hear it from Phil Simms than a sideline reporter.”
Amen to that. If anything, most sideline reporting disrupts the game. And the stuff they are feeding us for the most part does not enhance our knowledge or pleasure in viewing the game.
The exception to the rule is Tony Siragusa. He’s down on the field describing coverages and football minutiae possibly unnoticed by the announcers in the booth. He’s a real football guy talking to us about football. I like what he brings to the broadcast.
Ed Sherman also points out:
“Those “inside” stories about a conversation they had with a player or someone close to the player have almost become cliche.
And has there ever been a halftime interview with a coach that revealed anything of note?”
I could do without all of that. And Sunday when the Bears play the hapless Dolphins, I will. Courtesy of CBS.