ESPN Changes On-Screen "MNF" Graphic After Outcry
ESPN "changed course" with its new "MNF" graphics halfway through last night's Texans-Saints game, as the first half was "full of complaints" about the net's new yellow down-and-distance marker. The telecast initially featured the "brightly colored bug in the lower right-hand corner of the screen." Many viewers on social media "complained that yellow was too similar to that of an official’s penalty flag." At the start of the second half, the graphic was "replaced with a black-and-white version that much more closely resembled the rest of the game info chyron" (N.Y. POST, 9/10).
The scoreboard graphic "broke the easiest rule in the book for football: Don't make the down-and-distance graphic yellow" (USA TODAY, 9/10). But ESPN "listened to the outcry on social media and acted quickly" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 9/9).