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MORE MIXED REVIEWS FOR FOX FOOTBALL EXPERIMENT
Published December 12, 1995
Reviews continued from media writers on Fox's experiment using Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson serving as co-analysts with no play-by-play announcer during Saturday's game. In Washington, Leonard Shapiro says to give Fox a "smidgen of credit" for the move, but adds the broadcast "desperately needed" someone to inform viewers of the action (WASHINGTON POST, 12/12). In New york, Richard Sandomir calls it a "dismal experiment/publicity stunt" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/12). NEWSDAY's Steve Zipay calls it a "bad" experiment and suggests increasing graphics and turning up the audio of the stadium announcer (NEWSDAY, 12/12). In Dallas, Barry Horn writes "maybe expectations were too high," and notes the idea could improve. Or, it "may have been a one-shot deal, a gimmicky ratings grab for what should have been a very missable game" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/11). In Detroit, Steve Crowe calls it a "rousing success" -- but as "a once in a while" move (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 12/11). In Boston, Jack Craig writes the Fox duo "ranged between being subpar and a joke" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/12).