Production For Final Four Teamcasts Praised, But Some Announcing Crews Not Effective
MISSING THE POINT? During halftime of Kentucky-Wisconsin, analyst Charles Barkley called out viewers for complaining about the Teamcast announcers on TNT and truTV. Barkley: "Some of you people are idiots. You are tweeting Kenny (Smith) and Reggie (Miller) complaining about the Teamcasts. They are supposed to be homers. Stop complaining!" Host Ernie Johnson added, “That is the point of the Teamcast.” Barkley: "Listen, you idiots, that is why we call it a home cast telecast." Johnson said to Barkley, “You probably could have chosen words that weren’t quite as harsh for the viewing public" ("Kentucky-Wisconsin," TBS, 4/5).
NO FRILLS: SPORTS ON EARTH's Aaron Gordon wrote the individual team feeds "underscored how much the regular broadcasters play to both sides." Neutrality is "all well and good but it also wastes a lot of time." Gordon: "Although I wasn't shocked by the homerisms, I was pleasantly surprised by its efficiency; it saved the commentators a lot of time so they could talk strategies." They ended up "focusing less on analyzing the referees and more on the game." By demanding commentators "hold to some element of neutrality, it naturally forces them to spend far too much time emphasizing their neutrality, explaining why they believe a referee's decision was correct or mistaken, something we really don't need them to do given that we can see the replay just as well as them." Gordon: "I have no doubt Steve Kerr and Greg Anthony know far more about basketball than I do, but I wouldn't know it based on the Final Four broadcasts because they were too busy telling me what constitutes a charge, one of the few things I actually know" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 4/6).
NOT A FAN: In Tampa, Tom Jones writes, "I thought the whole idea of a TeamCast was unnecessary." It "seemed to be nothing more than a reaction to all those misguided fans out there who are under the belief that announcers secretly hate their team and purposely call the game in the other team's favor." By having teamcasts, "it seemed as if Turner game credence to the wrong perceptions of those goober fans out there" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 4/7).