1. I had fun last night Monday Night Football A two-for-one special with Titans-Bills starting at 7:15 p.m. ET and Vikings-Eagles starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. I have two TVs, so it was easy to catch both games at once and I didn’t have to stay up until 1am, which would have happened if ESPN gave us the traditional 7pm/10pm double-header.
Over the 20 years that I was a DirecTV customer before the horrific service was canceled a few years ago, I always spent my Sundays watching Game Mix. I had no problem keeping up with eight matches at once so keeping up with two matches was easy.
Based on the social media reaction, it looks like people didn’t have any issues with the start times last night. However, a lot of people vented about one specific issue: ESPN’s use of a split screen to show what was happening in both games.
This did not bother me, but there were many others who were very angry about the interruption of their favorite game.
One of my followers on Twitter came up with what appears to be a smart suggestion, given that ESPN has multiple channels:
The idea of running a permanent split screen on ESPN2 makes sense on the surface, but there will be a lot of issues, especially on the business side. Ads/commercials will be affected, Nielsen ratings will be affected. What audio feed will they use? It is not as easy to withdraw as you would expect.
I think ABC/ESPN overdid it by trying to keep viewers up to date with the other game. There was no need for a fixed error in the result. People can easily switch to the other game or check their phone if they want to know what’s going on. But I didn’t consider this a big problem. However, some people did.
It will be interesting to see if ESPN will hear viewers’ feedback about the split screens next season when it airs Triple Double Headers. It hasn’t been determined whether these double-headed games will feature interlaced games, but if it does, ABC/ESPN will have a decision to make about its liberal use of the split screen.
2. The second week saw more news of the NFL’s great ratings. CBS’s late window, which included Texans-Broncos, Cardinals-Raiders, and Bengals-Cowboys, drew 27.4 million viewers. It was the most-watched game on CBS since Week 14 Chiefs-Patriots in 2019, which drew 28.2 million viewers.
3. Lions play the Vikings on Sunday. Here’s how Detroit coach Dan Campbell discovered Minnesota on Monday night.
4. This video showing what Dolphins midfielder Tua Tagovailoa would look like as a right-handed captain has been getting a lot of attention.
5. Dodgers coach Dave Roberts took a dance break during Monday’s game, but his players didn’t look even the slightest bit upset.
6. Last SI Media Podcast Features an interview with New York Post Sports media columnist Andrew Marchand. Topics we covered in the show include:
- What to expect from Amazon Prime Video and Thursday night footballBut the biggest challenge facing Prime Video
- ESPN hits home with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
- Join Pat McAfee GameDay College
- Strong early assessments for the NFL and college football
- NBC’s new Notre Dame gaming booth
- Whether grammar parsers are exaggerating
- Live Golf TV receiver
You can also view files SI Media Podcast on youtube.
7. Today’s Random Video: A great video in honor of one of the greatest sports broadcasting teams of all time, Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
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