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NBC will use skycam as primary view for Thursday Night Football this week.

Thoughts on this?

I was very surprised to see how almost universally the idea is being praised. People are super hyped for this. I don't understand why, I think this is absolutely terrible. Putting aside how stupid it is to say people will like it because it will make it look like Madden, the skycam view gives no perspective of field position and makes it impossible to tell how many yards are gained on a play or where they are in regard to the line to gain among other viewing issues.
What people seem to be excited about is this view lets you see how plays develop from the perspective of the players, you can watch receivers run their routes or see the hole the running back tries to take and things like that, which I get is a neat concept, but it doesn't actually do that in practice. They did a preview of this view during last Thursday's game and it has hardly any visibility beyond the line of blockers. I understand why they're doing it, it's a gimmick to get people interested and it's certainly worked, but I personally already hate it from the little I've seen so far and I'm pretty sure a full game of it will be maddening.

However, I'm open to the possibility my mind will be changed. I doubt it's likely, but I'm open to it. Maybe when the whole game is done that way it will grow on me. I'm interested to find out, and to see what other viewers think. Anyone who watches this game, please come by the Chatroom for a focus group. I am very interested in gathering reactions and opinions from people with varied football watching experience.

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New info on the broadcasting plan.
They're apparently not exclusively using skycam, they'll use the traditional view on important plays. And they will "add graphics" whatever that means to help with field position perspective. It sounds like they aren't just throwing to the skycam and winging it, they've put thought into how to make it work for a full game. We'll see how it goes.

-- 17 Nov 2017 11:08 am --

Well it wasn't awful, so I guess that's a positive. I really expected the game to be unwatchable like this, but it wasn't. They seemed to be using a slightly higher angle than the usual skycam, so there was enough visibility down the field to watch the play. Field position and yards gained were major issues as expected, they used graphics to address that with varying effectiveness. I got pretty used to it after about a quarter and didn't significantly mind it for the rest of the game, but I didn't think it noticeable enhanced my viewing experience and I wouldn't prefer it become a widely used broadcasting style over the traditional view.

Reaction from the general viewership was, to my surprise, overwhelmingly negative. This was so widely praised and hyped when it was announced, but once it was actually used it was really hated. I didn't expect to see that. It will be interesting to see if NBC thinks this was a success and if they do it again.

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Game recap video so you can see how some plays looked if you missed it live:


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Did anyone else watch the 105th Grey Cup tonight? \:D/ (For non-Canadians, that's the Canadian Football League version of the Super Bowl.) ;) I'm not a big football fan, but I don't mind watching the big games, and my dad and my brother came over to watch, so I got to hear more expert opinions. ;) The Calgary Stampeders went in with a way better record, but, like last year, they lost to a game that did way worse during the season, making the Toronto Argonauts this year's Grey cup champs!

It didn't really matter that much to me who won. I feel a little bad for Calgary for losing two years in a row, but the Argos were gracious winners with lots to say about hard work and all that other good stuff, so it was nice to see them win.

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It is absolutely inexcusable to be in a tied game 17 seconds left one timeout and then not take a shot to win before overtime when you are 0-12. Just flat out pathetic coaching by the browns.

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Second straight overtime win by Green Bay to keep playoff hope alive with Rodgers' possible return next week!! :thud:

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