Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Brief And Obvious Point About ESPN's Late Night Re-telecasts of NBA Playoff Games

Especially in late night
When you read this next bit, I want you to imagine it in the voice of Samuel L. Jackson's character in "Pulp Fiction."
 
For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them also; and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands. -- Jeremiah 25:14

When you own a network, and you are showing a game play on it, and it is past 4AM, there is no such thing as "Time Constraints."

So you have *ABSOLUTELY NO FREAKING EXCUSE ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH * to take a chainsaw to the footage of that game. And even less to do this, just so you can show as many non-lucrative ads as possible for crap products.

NBA, honestly, if these asshats can't re-broadcast a game for those of us who wind up catching the game later -- and in addition, would it be so hard for you idiots to not include the final score in your constant distract-a-thon screen crawl, so that I can, you know, be in any kind of suspense over the outcome? -- why, exactly, are you letting them do that?

In tonight's very close Clipper-Thunder Game Three, the only parts of the third quarter that were worthy of rebroadcast was Blake Griffin getting his nose blooded, the Thunder getting a technical foul on a cheap play by Chris Paul, and Kevin Durant picking up a terrible foul at the end of the quarter heave by Jamal Crawford. In the fourth, we missed plenty of game time, but none of the standing around milling near a coach, and the ESPN analysts blathering on about strategery.

Telling, no? The Lemur chooses to show things that are barely basketball, and as little of Actual Game as humanly possible. All flow was lost, all sense of build as well, and the only thing that I was left with was, somehow, more hatred for the World Wide Lemur than I had before.

This really isn't hard, you idiots. Just replay the entire damned game. Edit your crawl and presume that the people watching the game don't want it spoiled. Hell, we might even be, you know, intentionally keeping from the knowledge.

A final plea: TNT, can't you bid for all of these games? NBA TV, can't you pick up all re-broadcasts? Y'all just do this so much better, and ESPN does nothing, um actually good any more...

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