No sideline reporters, pregame TV reporters in 2020

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The NFL sideline will indeed look very different in 2020.

The game-day protocol for pro football in a pandemic does indeed prohibits cheerleaders and mascots. It also prohibits all sideline reporters, including TV network, national radio, and team flagship radio. Pregame TV reporters also are prohibited from the sidelines.

It’s not a surprise, but it’s further confirmation of how different things will be this season for the NFL.

Ultimately, the fans won’t care all that much, as long as the games are played. These measures are aimed at ensuring this happens by reducing the potential opportunities for someone bringing the virus to the field of play.

47 responses to “No sideline reporters, pregame TV reporters in 2020

  1. It’s about time, but it’s a shame that it took Covid to shut down sideline reporting (man or woman)…

    Play the game without the extraneous reporters who add nothing. Booth reporters are all that has ever been necessary.

    The pandemic HAS has positive benefits…

  2. The network executives reading these comments will be stunned. They had the idea that fans really liked & wanted the sideline reporters. What a shame they had to find out this way that it’s not the case.

  3. I feel bad for the sideline reporters who stand out in all kinds of weather to try to give us up close reports from the sidelines — including injuries. They are mostly women and I think they deserve credit for what they do. I will miss them and their reports, which I think add to the game.

  4. You mean we won’t hear the same question asked by everybody ?
    ” What does that mean to you” ?

    Stupid question

  5. I applaud this move. Just give me the kickoff to start the game at 3:30pm and not 3:48 pm . I don’t want to hear from coaches, players , fans, weather reporters etc…

  6. No loss at all. In fact it will make the watching experience more enjoyable. Hopefully this policy will stick for the long term.

  7. Just another talking head that is not needed on the sidelines or near the players…. but if their are cheerleaders out there I will scream. (well maybe whine a little bit).
    The less people in the house the better.
    I wish college students would embrace this.

  8. “Coach, you’re tied at the half. What does your team have to do to win the game?”

    “Outscore them in the second half.”

    If this has never been the exchange between a coach who’d rather focus on his job and an idiotic reporter, it should be.

    Now if we can just get rid of most of the idiots in the booth, I may be tempted to watch for more than five minutes once in a while.

  9. It’s a shame it took a virus to get rid of the ridiculous sideline reporters. Hope they make the move permanent.

  10. The only thing that bothers me about sideline reporters is how often they claim their jobs are demanding. Sorry, but asking a football player to “take us through” a play or series of plays isn’t rocket science or, in terms of effort, nursing or teaching. It is a cushy job based in many cases on good looks above all else.

  11. So there will be no more always enlightening “coach, what kind of halftime adjustments will you make?” moments to look forward to?

  12. While the sideline reporting doesn’t really bring anything to the table football wise I always enjoyed the comedic relief of it

  13. I’d rather watch commercials than those things anyways… and I (like everyone else on the planet) hate commercials.

    Just play ball!

  14. I will not miss sideline reporters at all. Their contribution to a football telecast is minimal at best.

  15. I don’t mind side line reporters. I don’t really like the broadcast booth. Too much talk . I rather have more field mics and no or one man / women in the booth and field reporters . The booth adds little to the game due to the lack of broadcasters. The ex jocks aren’t broadcasters and the “new school” broadcasters are out of their league.

  16. Well at least we don’t have to worry about Joe Namath trying to kiss the reporter on national TV.

  17. See? there is a silver lining to everything. Including a “Pandemic”…. Thank you COVID

  18. I’ll admit most of the sideline interviews offer little insight, but it can be valuable to get an on-field update when there is a player injury or the general sentiment of a team sideline.

  19. You mean I don’t have to hear Pam Oliver ask silly, softball questions about halftime stopping a team’s momentum? I am crushed.

  20. Greg Popavich is happy to hear this news. While I personally opine that this is all a huge overreaction to the virus that the media uses to perpetuate fear and outrage, along with most others, I won’t miss the pointless sideline reports or interviews.

    In its place, let’s mic up more of the players. One of the best parts of watching baseball on TV without the crowds is hearing players drop F bombs after popping out in crucial situations. I’d love to hear NFL players unfiltered throughout games over pointless commentary.

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