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Patriots changing up preseason broadcasts

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The Patriots have figured out what anyone who has paid full fare for a ticket to a preseason game has known for years.

The game itself is kind of a joke.

According to Chad Finn of the Boston Globe, the Patriots announced that they’re changing the way they broadcast their preseason games.

They’re effectively conceding that there’s not much point giving the specifics of the late portions of the game, which are contested by backups, special teamers and guys who will not make either team involved.

They’ll still have the usual cast of play-by-play guys and analysts, but they’re turning it into an informal discussion of the players and issues with the team.

“[The preseason broadcasts will be] a talk-radio-type program without the yelling and the screaming and the agenda-driven stuff, executive producer Matt Smith said. “We’re looking at the preseason games as an opportunity to try something different. Make it more conversational, make it more analytical and insightful.

“How long are the starters in there for? The first game, a couple of series. The fourth game, a couple of series. When they’re in, we’re going to cover the game in a very traditional way. But that’s a small portion of the game. In the fourth quarter, it can get pretty stale. A preseason game is the perfect outlet to try it.’’

What the Patriots did not and would never announce is an experimental plan to reduce the cost of seats for the exhibition games which their broadcast arm is willing to treat as a backdrop.

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29 Responses to “Patriots changing up preseason broadcasts”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 31, 2013 8:45 AM

    What the Patriots did not and would never announce is an experimental plan to reduce the cost of seats for the exhibition games which their broadcast arm is willing to treat as a backdrop.
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    Lets be fair here and say no team would consider reducing the price of preseason games, not just the Pats.

  2. marvsleezy says: Jul 31, 2013 8:46 AM

    Bad idea. Play by play is even more important when you don’t know the players. Football broadcast producers are fools. The time you should shut your mouth is when Brady is running the no huddle. They don’t hire anyone with much incite anyway. Often they have a tight screen shot and they don’t even tell you whose in the game pre snap ! The radio broadcast is more useful

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 31, 2013 8:49 AM

    You forgot the asterisk. The New England Patriots*. #ThatteamAaronHernandezplayedfor

  4. ampats says: Jul 31, 2013 8:59 AM

    This should be a welcome change. Don Criqui and Randy Cross really didn’t know the team and a lot of their observations didn’t make sense besides calling the players by the wrong names. It will be good to have a broadcast team that follows and knows the team.

  5. cheeks9441 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:00 AM

    This is smart. I still won’t watch the fourth quarter of preseason games. But it’s smart.

  6. romosmicrodongs says: Jul 31, 2013 9:01 AM

    I like this idea, a lot. Wish it was my team doin this, no lie.

  7. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jul 31, 2013 9:07 AM

    Would be pretty entertaining if they allow people to call in.

  8. Iknoweverything says: Jul 31, 2013 9:08 AM

    They want less broadcasters but more video camera operators.

  9. newmarketmaulers says: Jul 31, 2013 9:13 AM

    Anything has to be better than Criqui.

  10. apkyletexas says: Jul 31, 2013 9:16 AM

    “they’re turning it into an informal discussion of the players and issues with the team”

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    So they are going to have a lot of guest homicide detectives and criminal defense attorneys on the broadcast?

    Kind of like Boston’s own version of the “Greta van Susteren” show?

  11. micknangold says: Jul 31, 2013 9:23 AM

    Ask Russell Wilson how much of a “joke” preseason is. Guys are fighting for depth chart position or to make the team. It’s an extension of practice, not a joke.

  12. aaa82 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:29 AM

    Call me crazy, but I’d still prefer to give some time and attention to backup players. They could still make the team and come in in a reserve role if someone gets hurt. There are plenty of real football fans out there that really enjoy these games. Let’s do them justice.

  13. hornbuckle says: Jul 31, 2013 9:34 AM

    Great idea everyone should copy it.

  14. drewzducks says: Jul 31, 2013 9:36 AM

    I can hear it now, rather than an inside look from Zolak behind the scenes, they can cut to an inside look from behind bars with AH.

  15. runtheball says: Jul 31, 2013 9:37 AM

    If you are a season ticket holder you really do not pay full fare for a pre-season game. You pay the price determined for the whole season. Teams could take that price and divide by 8 instead of 10 and give you 2 “free” tickets for the pre-season. That would be disingenuous but would fool people into thinking they were getting over on the team.

  16. jnbnet says: Jul 31, 2013 9:42 AM

    the only preseason game that is worth a damn is the third game. The Patriots have not had a home third game in three years running. I didn’t check past that. And preseason games are on weekdays. Way to rip us off. I love the Patriots, but this is simply “wrong.”

  17. getyourownname says: Jul 31, 2013 9:49 AM

    As long as fans buy tickets, to the point of sellouts, why would any team drop prices?

    This announcing thing sounds like a minor shift – pre-season broadcasts already feature this kind of discussion – but see nothing wrong with further emphaiszing the concept.

  18. petehemlock says: Jul 31, 2013 9:49 AM

    Patriots Analyst: Well Bob, I like the play-calling here. #81 in a jailbreak screen.

  19. j0esixpack says: Jul 31, 2013 9:51 AM

    Cue hater comments of “the Patriots cheated in 2001-2004 by violating a rule that wasn’t even created until 2006″

    Sure, I know it has nothing to do with the topic, nor does that allegation make any rational sense, but there’s a lot of jealous fans out there who only have fun from knocking down others.

    The suggestion that Brady, who impregnated two of the world’s hottest women, is gay, also seems to be a popular topic with that group.

  20. mugsymagpie says: Jul 31, 2013 10:25 AM

    Logicalvoicesays: my redskins lead the NFL in PED violations!

  21. tedmurph says: Jul 31, 2013 10:44 AM

    Not a huge deal, but I’d rather they keep it the old way. As a Pats junkie, I enjoy seeing end of the roster guys battle it, Seeing if some UFA is a diamond in the rough, if Mallet is worth anything in trade, what they do with Tebow, etc.

    If I want to listen to talk radio, there are 2 stations in Boston round the clock.

  22. BigBeachBall says: Jul 31, 2013 11:04 AM

    The patriot way…

  23. CKL says: Jul 31, 2013 11:05 AM

    Going to preseason games is actually fun, the way regular season games used to be way back. You don’t have all the rowdy drunks or too many moron trolls to deal with and the ingress and egress to the stadium are much easier. The concession and bathroom lines are more than halved as well. Almost everything that makes regular seasn games too much of a pain to go to are eliminated in preseason.

    I love watching preseason though whether in person or on tv and trying to guess who will and won’t make it and spotting future diamonds in the rough. Football is what I love, not big name players.

  24. dhillca says: Jul 31, 2013 11:06 AM

    Runtheball says:
    If you are a season ticket holder you really do not pay full fare for a pre-season game. You pay the price determined for the whole season. Teams could take that price and divide by 8 instead of 10 and give you 2 “free” tickets for the pre-season. That would be disingenuous but would fool people into thinking they were getting over on the team.
    Not really
    I pay for 10 games as a season tkt holder. 2 preseason and 8 home games
    All tickets have the same price printed on them. Non season ticket holders pay same rate for preseason as well.

  25. tedmurph says: Jul 31, 2013 11:17 AM

    Preseason games are cash cows for the owners. They’ll never discount the prices.

  26. gafraidh says: Jul 31, 2013 11:47 AM

    tedmurph says:
    Jul 31, 2013 10:44 AM
    Not a huge deal, but I’d rather they keep it the old way. As a Pats junkie, I enjoy seeing end of the roster guys battle it, Seeing if some UFA is a diamond in the rough, if Mallet is worth anything in trade, what they do with Tebow, etc.

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    I agree with the sentiment, but the problem is that by the 4th quarter, Criqui and Cross are talking about who knows what. I could barely follow them when the first team was in! At times I’m not sure they knew that there was a game going on.

  27. Ridley Me This says: Jul 31, 2013 12:03 PM

    lol @ haters.

    your hate makes us strong.

  28. rtroy23 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:33 PM

    Really? Tell that to Victor Cruz of the giants. Think of it from the point that if play by play guys aren’t really focusing on the game then the fans (as well as other teams) can’t really pay close attention which to me is a maneuver for BB inc. just like the way Jeff Demps was IR’d
    Last season the pats then wouldn’t have there 3rd team guys looked at so they can stash them a la Demps on ir

  29. patriotenvy says: Jul 31, 2013 1:55 PM

    I saw Randy Moss at Foxborough his rookie year in a preseason game. It’s the only thing I remember about watching any preseason game. I thought the play was called dead or something, because this guy was running across the field all by himself. He tourched everyone and made it look easy. The Freak!

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