Last season’s “Monday Night Football” broadcasts were plagued with criticism for ESPN’s announcing crew of Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland and Jason Witten.
Witten – who struggled at times his first year in the booth – returned to football, but his exit didn’t stop fans from finding something wrong with the latest edition of “Monday Night Football.”
This time, it was the presentation.
ESPN rolled out a new graphic package for the Saints-Texans game, including a new scorebug. Yet, that scoreboard graphic broke the easiest rule in the book for football: Don’t make the down-and-distance graphic yellow.
It makes every play look like a penalty because viewers have grown accustomed to the yellow “flag” graphic in the past two decades of football broadcasts.
>To make matters even more confusing, that box turned black for a penalty. It made no sense, and fans justifiably ripped ESPN for the ill-advised graphic, so much so that ESPN actually changed it at halftime.
Breaking: ESPN is switching away from the new Down-And-Distance graphic it debuted in the first half of Monday Night Football. ESPN heard the fans’ feedback and acted, quick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2019
Coming out of the break, the down-and-distance graphic was now white. When a flag came out, it turned the standard yellow.
All is now right in the world.