FOX Looking Into Adding Multiple HOF Analysts To ASG Broadcast

Monday, June 30, 2008


There's been a lot of this going around on networks lately. You take a Hall of Famer/Former Champion, throw him into the coverage and turn the segment into a brief interview. ESPN's Friday Night Fights has done it, Baseball Tonight has done it and now FOX is looking to do it for the All Star Game. With just one small difference, they're going to bring multiple HOF guest analysts....

In its most-lavish hype and coverage for baseball's All-Star Game, Fox's coverage might bring in six or seven Hall of Famers to each call an inning with announcers Tim McCarver and Joe Buck. Said Fox spokesman Dan Bell Sunday: "That's something we're considering."

For the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, Fox also plans to ask each player, manager and coach to wear a microphone — they can decline — and plans a midtown Manhattan parade passing by NBC and CBS. Taped coverage will air on Fox's lead-in to the game. Fox also plans to use new Diamond Cams offering high-def and wider views. But those tiny cameras, placed in the field itself, so far haven't been able to pan or tilt. That would be fun. "We think that's a cool idea," says Bell. "That might not be too far away."
This would probably be extremely annoying if not for the fact that the more random people talk the less we have to hear from Buck and McCarver. I salute you FOX in you mission to completely drown those to out!

Fox mulls big MLB All-Star game plan (USA Today)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 7:11 AM

5 Comments:

This idea is just disgusting!--Joe Buck

GMoney said...
Jun 30, 2008, 10:37:00 AM  

Regardless of thoughts about Buck and McCarver, that's one of the most ridiculous ideas I've ever heard.

Steve S. said...
Jun 30, 2008, 11:20:00 AM  

This is going to be a disaster. The hope that this reduces the amount of time Buck and McCarver talk is a nice idea in theory, but there's no way it'll actually turn out like that. Instead, this will turn into a series of interviews, with Buck asking questions and McCarver reminiscing with these guys about the old days. And since this is the last All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, it'll be nine innings of Yankee Stadium talk. As it does way too often these days, the action on the field will take a distant back seat to the action in the booth.

Shoot me now.

James said...
Jun 30, 2008, 11:53:00 AM  

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I never knew that the purpose of an All-Star game was to put its viewers to sleep.

Anonymous said...
Jun 30, 2008, 11:59:00 AM  

When exactly did the All-Star game turn into the opening ceremonies of the Olympics?! Maybe they can hire the people that put on that balloon crap pregame "show" for the Euro final. Think I'll find something else to do that evening, I find these events intolerable, stopped watching the Pro Bowl and whatever it is that hockey does and the NBA and MLB versions are quickly becoming unwatchable.

Anonymous said...
Jul 1, 2008, 2:12:00 AM  

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