Monday, May 3, 2010

Positives and Negatives

Every telecast has positives and negatives, highs and lows.
The key is to have more positives than negatives, more highs than lows.
Tonight's telecast/game had it's share of each.
Let's start with the negatives.
1. The two players who we highlighted in our one segment open did nothing during the game.
2. A fan ran on the field during the game.
3. There was a homerun review in the first inning.
It is always nice when the open of the show proves correct in establishing the theme for the show.
Our theme for tonight's telecast involved two of the best players in major league baseball. These first baseman are two of the most feared hitters in the game. Based on our opening segment, we expected these two superstars to provide some highlights during the game.
They were both invisible.
It is a Major League Baseball edict not to show fans who run on the field. I provided shots of players, fans, and umpires when a fan ran around the outfield in tonight's game. Major League Baseball feels that showing the idiot running on the field during a game would only encourage other morons to do the same. MLB is correct.
These incidents disrupt the game and disrupt the telecast.
I do not like the homerun review.
I understand the thinking of getting the call correct, but I like the human element involved with the umpires.
The amount of time used to establish the correct call is detrimental to the game.
If homeruns can be reviewed then what is next?
All calls can be reviewed?
The homerun review disrupts the game and the flow of the show.
Now let's talk about the positives in tonight's telecast.
The camera crew worked their butts off.
This hard work paid off with some great replays and live shots.
We had a bench iso replay on a pinch-hit homerun that may be the best replay of this season.
The home plate umpire had a difficult night behind the plate resulting in arguments and a manager being tossed from the game.
There was some great shots of tight faces of the umpire and assorted players throughout the telecast. These shots captured the tension of the players caused by the difficulties of the home plate umpire.
Throughout this telecast, we experienced both positives and negatives, both highs and lows.
Just like a professional athlete, the TV sports production team cannot get too high when things are flowing and they cannot get to low when things don't work.
The flow to the show depends on this.

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