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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018



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.

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  • Schmidty

    Ahem…cough…cough… :)

  • http://www.sempereformanda.blogspot.com Brett

    What we typically hear at halftime from the coaches:

    “You know we’ve got to pick it up on offense (or substitutue with defense).”
    “I was pleased overall with our performance.”
    “But we’re going to have to do a better job of establishing the run.”
    “We’ve still got a half of football to play.”

    What I wish they’d say:
    “Our starting QB is toast when I go into that locker room.”
    “Can’t you come up with a better question? I bet the viewers are tired of these lame half-time interviews. I know I am.”
    “What’s the Ohio State score?” (or substitute with team right ahead in the standings)
    “That zebra crew on the field needs to take a half-time run to a Pearle vision center.”
    “Let’s make this quick ’cause I’ve gotta pee really bad.”
    “I’ve got some good news…I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance.”

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Oh Schmidty…I didn’t even think of that. I meant Siragusa and you. You actually have something intelligent to add so I put you in there too.

    Coach, Perry…back to you upstairs….

    Hilarious Brett!

  • Schmidty

    Yeah, yeah, Zoner. :)

    BTW, here’s my “recipe” for sideline work. And shamefully, the first two points are Journalism 101, but watch and see how many sideline “reporters” violate them.

    1 – Don’t ask yes/no questions. I watched Cheryl Miller do that with ALL but one question last night in the Clips/Nuggets game…the one question she didn’t do this on she did this…

    2 – Don’t lead the person into a statment without ASKING a question (i.e., “boy, you really took it to the Nuggets in the first half…”). You’re a REPORTER!! Ask a damn question!!

    3 – And lastly, my own personal thing is to not butt yourself into the broadcast just to prove you’re there (I call that the “live-shot syndrome”…”we’re standing outside this hospital to tell you about a car accident just because we have a live truck and CAN!”).

    I try to only come in when I have something the guys in the booth don’t have or when something late-breaking is going on that they can’t see. Injuries…GOOD interview skills…those are the reasons sideline reporters were originally brought into broadcasts. If more would do just that, they’d be more beneficial.

    Incidently, Zoner…Siragusa should be in the booth, NOT sideline. You like him for what’s essentially his analysis, not journalistic skills. Too often a sideline reporter can’t just jump in and comment on a play immediately (like an analyst)…they come in a play later, and then it’s old news. JMHO. :)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    But the goose might not have the same insight as he does from the sideline if he was in the booth.

    Plus, they pretty much leave his mike open it seems.

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