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Big East Network Fail Shows How Bug Dependent We Have Gotten

Saturday, January 30, 2010 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 4:10 PM, under

There is one thing that will drive producers, directors, Chyron operators, and viewers nuts during the live broadcast of a sporting event. We have become so dependent on this, we cringe when it is not working properly. This thing is the score bug (the persistent score and clock that displays during the broadcast). If it fails, the job of updating the score falls to the Chyron (or VIZ) operator. This appears to have happened during today's broadcast of the exciting De Paul - Syracuse game.

Here are a couple of screen shots from the game as shown on ESPN360.com to illustrate.

In the first, there was no bug on the screen as the score was being updated in the last minute or so of the game. When it did come up, there was no game click displaying:


Adding to the problem was that no one told the on-air talent to tell the audience how much time was left, so the audience had no idea.

The next time it came up, the game clock did show the time remaining.



This is just one example of how dependent we have become on bells and whistles during a broadcast that, when it fails, fails the viewers.

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