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Pundits Discuss Having RedZone Channel Airing On Scoreboards At NFL Games
Published July 3, 2013
IDEA MAKES SENSE: Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said, "It makes a lot of sense because the greatest invention since the remote control is the RedZone. So people have another experience at the game and they can take those tarps down." ESPN.com's Jackie MacMullan said, "You should only do it at halftime. You should not do it during the game where you have a team you're trying to build a fan base of your own." L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke: "You cannot show another game while your game is going on. ... You do it by the concession stands, you do it in the concourses. People want to go back and watch their teams, that's fine" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 7/2).
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME? ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt said the Jaguars may get some "pushback" for their decision, but he added, "I don’t know how much, and as soon as one team does it, then everyone's going to do it." Van Pelt wondered if the RedZone Channel is "too good for its own good and if the popularity of that will ultimately hurt the league." He asked if RedZone was "available on a screen at your seat, would you watch?" Van Pelt: "Probably, and that's where we're going, that's the trend of things. I would just be happy at stadiums if they could figure out a way with more cell towers so your phone would work" ("SVP & Russillo," ESPN Radio, 7/2).