Goodell hints at substantive changes to game broadcasts

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Apart from an effort to speed up the pace of the game, the NFL apparently plans to explore strategies for altering the manner in which the game is presented to its fans.

“We . . . know that you feel there are too many elements in the broadcast that aren’t relevant to the play on the field,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in his Wednesday letter to fans. “With our partners, we will be looking to instead focus on content that is most complementary and compelling to you — whether that is analysis, highlights or stories about our players. All of these changes are meant to give you more of what you want: a competitive game with fewer interruptions and distractions from the action.”

That’s a broad statement, and it suggests that the league will be mandating changes to the manner in which games are televised. It’s unclear where or how an enhanced focus on “analysis, highlights or stories about our players” will fit into the presentation of a football game, since there currently aren’t many spots for doing anything other than reacting one play at a time to the things happening on the field.

It’s also unclear what Goodell means when he says there are “too many elements in the broadcast that aren’t relevant to the play on the field.”

A cynic could view that statement as part of a broader effort to ensure that the broadcasts will focus only on positive storylines, with negative aspects that may nevertheless be newsworthy or compelling receiving less emphasis in the name of taking even greater advantage of the three-hour infomercial for which the league gets paid billions every year. This particular cynic will withhold judgment on that point until more details emerge regarding the changes that will be made.

56 responses to “Goodell hints at substantive changes to game broadcasts

  1. Lets hope at the owners meeting they hint at substantive changes to the Commissioner’s Office.

  2. what a joke. ppl forget that the national football league is businness first and for most. fans should respect the biz and support there teams in trying to generate revenue rather then complain about a few comercials.

  3. I have a GRREAT idea….get rid of Joe Buck, Chris Collensworth, and Al Michaels. That will do loads in changing the way the game is presented to the fans.

  4. Split screen commercials during extra points and field goals. Nobody is watching those plays anyway so go ahead and get the commercials in then

  5. Please change TV angle of games, I’m so sick of sideline shots that don’t show action on the field. Place viewer’s camera behind the offense or defense. Camera has to switch everytime a pass in thrown, we have to watch the game in clips. I want to see the action going on away from the play. Open up the view, it’s horrible to watch as is and is probably the reason TV ratings are down. There has even been plays we missed because they were late getting back from commercial. I think we missed some of the Super Bowl because of poor coverage.

  6. Eliminating announcers that are openly biased for one of the teams playing, like Cowboys fans Troy Aikman and Joe Buck would be a good start. Focus on the game, not your desired outcome or how amazing you think every Cowboys player and Jerry Jones is.

  7. Jeezum Crow…if you can’t figure out how to mute the tv, go take a deuce, or hit on a cutie at the bar, you’re not trying hard enough. I hate this stuff just like everyone else, but I’ve gotta be honest, I’m not turning it off.

  8. Didn’t watch a one game in real time this year, Super Bowl included. Started late and FF’d through all the garbage. Only way I can hack it any more.

  9. Wow, what I’d like to see is the networks drop the buzz killing promos for unrelated programming on their networks or even the celebrity drop ins.

    How many times have these come at important juncture of a game or after a big and/or controversial close play and they’re off talking about the Tuesday night lineup.

  10. People should realize, the minute the discussion gets around speeding up the games, the next conversation is player safety. I don’t see it happening.

  11. This will cap off the decade long crusade to eliminate tackling and turn the NFL into the ultimate Reality Show.

    Has there ever been a better example of someone fixing something that was never broken? And, yes, I’m wearing a turquoise clown shirt right now.

  12. I really don’t think broadcast announcers are biased, but they sure talk WAY too much. Focus on the game in front of you. Not the garbage that you’ve prepared on his charity, his mama, locker room gossip or his wife. It has nothing to do with the game on my TV.

    I want down and distance and injury reports. I want replays that confirm or deny penalty calls and measurements. I want analysis on how plays are working or why they’re breaking down. Let’s skip the “Up Close and Personal” crap. That’s not football. (or any other sport)

  13. Can we get rid of ALL of the sideline reporters…who bring absolutely nothing to the broadcast? Don’t need the 30 sec interview with the coach at half time. Don’t need the fluff stories to fill time. Don’t need either the eye candy or the ex-player who needed a cushy job. If they want to keep them to gather info, let them relay it to the booth…don’t need to see them on camera.

  14. Just something I noticed on watching on demand. You can’t skip the commercials, but they did something smart. They only have one minute each time. Not long enough to leave and get something, so you actually sit and watch. Win, win…

    Saying that, I can grab a brew if I move real fast!

  15. hyprcaffeinated says:
    Mar 22, 2017 5:53 PM
    Eliminating announcers that are openly biased for one of the teams playing, like Cowboys fans Troy Aikman and Joe Buck would be a good start. Focus on the game, not your desired outcome or how amazing you think every Cowboys player and Jerry Jones is.

    This is just asinine. Everyone around can see that Aikman goes out of his way to bash Dallas in his hope to not seem biased. Joe Buck is just as bad but he doesn’t have an excuse. Al Michaels and Collinsworth on the other hand are just awful.

  16. One sponsor: the NFL. Advertisers pay the NFL for in game mentions. reduce replay reviews to thirty secs. No separate commercials. Therefore, no “network” timeouts.

    cut down on pre and post gm “analysis”; focus on highlights.

  17. Unless they’re doing away with the sideline reporter and Joe Buck, I don’t care.

  18. The announcers are biased. Aikman and Buck were praising the Giants defense as they were getting blown out by the Packers. It was sickening. And Goodell is full of it. Every commercial is another coin in the league’s pocket. If they cut commercials, they will start advertising on jerseys. I cannot wait to see Cialis and Trojan pasted on the jerseys.

  19. knew8411 says:

    I have a GRREAT idea….get rid of Joe Buck, Chris Collensworth, and Al Michaels. That will do loads in changing the way the game is presented to the fans.
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    I like Buck. Michaels just needs to get his dentures tightened. But Collinsworth yes please.

  20. Please fire Goodell. He is awful.

    **It is true that people like to see change.

    Owners, we want new leadership.

    Also less commercials within 4 minutes of each other – like when we see commercial – kickoff – commercial.

  21. There is fairly little non-football material in most broadcasts outside of commercials.
    This seems like a red herring.

    On the other hand if you could simply have less talking by the announcers that would be good.

  22. Patriots hate Goodell because:

    A. He didn’t suspend Belichick in 2007
    B. For destroying all video evidence which could have included a sb walk through
    C. Partying too much at Krafts house
    D. Giving them the best schedule for playing fewest teams coming off bye weeks annually

  23. Who was the bright guy that thought having a lot of people talking for a short time was better than a couple people talking a lot on pre and post game shows? Why have 10 people predict a game when almost all pick the same team, group think.

  24. I never watch games live, even when I’m at home.
    I DVR all games, including the Super Bowl, and I watch them an hour or more after they start, so I can skip commercials and uninteresting talk (i.e most commentators). I skip 30 seconds between every play.

    There is nothing the NFL can offer me to give up my DVR.
    No way will I give up 3.5 hours and have to sit in front of the TV most of that time.

    Plus I can rewind and rewatch key plays several times.

  25. If NBC feels Dungy is an expert on everything he should handle all of the post game comments.

  26. No. It means those times when they have a guest in the booth and show him instead of the action. I want to throw a brick at the TV when that happens

  27. Please eliminate the intrusive ticker on the bottom of the TV. I just want to watch the game. I don’t want to read the same material over and over again.

  28. Put logos on the uniforms and cut the number of commercials, or run the commercials on half the screen.
    Get some new blood in the announcing booths,
    Buck, Aikman, among others, should all be sent home.
    Stop the PC crap, reduce those side line women that know NOTHING about football.
    We can get injury information scrolled across the bottom of the TV tube

  29. Most of us probably watch the broadcasts to see the games and get actual information from reading.

    The only informative NFL broadcasts I’m aware of, and I’m not just saying this because I’m writing on an NBC Sports website, are Football Night in America followed by my cat’s favorite TV voice, Al Michaels.

    So if Goodell wants to dumb down the TV sock puppets even farther, that sucks, but he can’t dumb down PFT, MMQB, Mike Tanier, Michael Silver when he can be bothered to write, or the gang at Football Outsiders.

    (If Goodell wants every broadcast to imitate the shouting people at ESPN, I’ll have to watch with the sound off.)

  30. Start the play clock as soon as the ref places the ball at the line of scrimmage and reduce the play clock to 20 seconds. Expand the time that coaches can talk to QBs on the headsets.
    Get rid of the commercial after a kickoff.
    Get rid of all pre-game talk and expand on post game talk. (Don’t tell me what you think I’m about to see, just tell me what just happened.) (Just the facts ma’am.)
    While we are at it, have two east coast teams (or at least an east coast host) play every week and start at 10:30 am eastern. Shift the other games to 2 eastern and 5:30 eastern and then a west coast hosted game at 9 eastern (6 on west coast.) 4 games every Sunday. Get rid of Thursday nights games. I’d rather a Tuesday night game. Makes more sense from an injury standpoint.

  31. Goodell hints at substantive changes to game broadcasts
    ==================================
    Stop those T-Shirts…….

    ” The NFL will shortly be announcing the introduction of new camera software that will automatically filter out all those 70,000 Matt Patricia ‘Red Nose Goodell Clown’ T-Shirts during the opening night broadcast” ………

    Goodell may be able to avoid the embarrassment of visiting Foxboro ‘without an invite’, but he won’t be able to escape the embarrassment of 70,000 Pats fans lettin’ him hear it on national TV……..

    I’m almost looking forward more to seeing that ‘sea’ of T-shirts at Gillette more than the football !!!!!

  32. One week into next season everyone will be complaining about the changes they all think are great now

    Can sports in the internet era actually happen without complaining?

  33. jchipwood says:
    Mar 22, 2017 6:40 PM

    Patriots hate Goodell because:
    A. He didn’t suspend Belichick in 2007
    B. For destroying all video evidence which could have included a sb walk through
    C. Partying too much at Krafts house
    D. Giving them the best schedule for playing fewest teams coming off bye weeks annually

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    A . Biggest fine ever for not understanding a poorly worded memo and having a camera a few feet away from the allowed location.

    B. For playing all video evidence on a loop for reporters to watch but not reminding silly Dolphin fans enough times for them to remember.

    C. For telling soo many lies that Dolphin fans copied him and began telling more lies.

    D. For not explain the random schedule formula to silly Dolphin fans.

  34. Taking replays that take 10 minutes to review that should only take 30 seconds would be a good start to speeding up games

  35. This guy is awesome at addressing problems that aren’t problems.

    1) Too many commercials
    2) No hitting
    3) Bad officiating
    4) Missing calls after taking 15 minutes to look at it on tape a million times

    FIX THOSE

  36. My gosh, will you Patriots’ fans stop whining about Goodell? We get it, you don’t like him. Do you really have to whine in every thread about him? Stop being so miserable.

    The Patriots’ won the SB, move on.

    Between that, and the time taken to type out posts, that for whatever reason never get posted, it is getting to the point where there is no point in reading any column and trying to post responses in any column.

    When Florio used to run his own gig, it was fantastic. His coverage of Vick back in the day was outstanding. Far superior than ESPN, and it wasn’t close. People could post responses pretty much what they wanted. Now, it is very hit and miss in terms of what responses get posted and what don’t. Very frustrating. Seemingly very political, something which I am not.

    For me, sports is an escape from the real world. A place to avoid politics. I avoid politics altogether, because politics makes people who would otherwise get along, and causes them to act very disrespectful to each other. Has been that way for decades.

    Sure, political posts may bring a lot of feedback. However, that feedback usually degenerates into downright ugliness.

    As for the games themselves. The NFL can try and make all of the changes they want. More and more people are cutting the cord. They can watch what they want, when they want, and bypass the NFL altogether.

    The era of huge television deals are over.

    Franchise movement has really hurt the league. As a former Chargers’ fan, I have no team to root for, and am not about to pick a new team now.

    I could see this coming all the way back when the Colts moved to Indianapolis, and I hated it back then. The owners seem to be only as loyal as their next stadium deal. No stadium? Time to move on to a new location.

  37. Get rid of Joe Buck. Why does the network stay with him. He’s a moron. That alone will make the broadcasts better.

  38. “too many elements in the broadcast that aren’t relevant to the play on the field.”

    The most effective change towards this goal would be elimination of the 3rd babbler in the broadcast booth and the sideline cuties.

  39. Patriots hate Goodell because:

    A. He didn’t suspend Belichick in 2007
    B. For destroying all video evidence which could have included a sb walk through
    C. Partying too much at Krafts house
    D. Giving them the best schedule for playing fewest teams coming off bye weeks annually

    ****

    Bullygate chippy.

  40. The announcers during reviews: “I think his knee was down”. “I don’t know looks close to me”. “Well from that angle it looks like it might be reversed”. “I don’t think there is enough there to change the call”. “I think maybe their just checking to see where to spot the ball”.

  41. The broadcasts will continue to evolve for the better with improvement related to the producers and directors who make bad decisions being replaced by those who ‘get it’. The overall improvement will not always be immediately noticed by the fans–one example is how after many years the NFL figured out that the painful review of coaches challenged were a pretty good time to run a few commercials.

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