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NFL Media Notes: Panthers, Colts Reach Sideline Compromises
Published September 6, 2006
VIEWERS’ CHOICE? With NBC placing its score and time graphic at the bottom of the screen during its NFL game broadcasts, “Sunday Night Football” Producer Fred Gaudelli said, “It seemed to me that with all the graphics, the screen was getting smaller and smaller. The very bottom is a place where not much happens. We want to give the screen back to the viewer” (John Molori, MEDIA BLITZ, 9/5 issue).
SLY FOX: In Charlotte, Scott Fowler notes Fox’ announcing team during its August 24 broadcast of the Dolphins-Panthers preseason game promoted a “free car giveaway on air at the end of the third quarter,” but sideline reporter Tony Siragusa instead gave Panthers fan Greg Good a toy car. Good, who believed that “the toy was a symbol for the real thing,” said, “I thought I had won a real car.” Fox Sports Manager of Communications Tim Buckman said, “As far as we know, Mr. Good hasn’t contacted anyone at Fox Sports about this. We would welcome an opportunity to speak to him and offer an apology for any misunderstanding” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/6).