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What I am grateful for in sports media

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If I had the amount of sports content on offer now when I was a kid, I would have finished school.

We can follow our team through a variety of resources on any device. Connect with fellow fans wherever you are, on any device. And best of all, you can watch any game anywhere, on any device.

It’s a sweet table that’s constantly replenished, a bottomless bucket of butter popcorn…a dream come true!

It’s also overwhelming.

A listing of everything available in the sports media market could fill an old Sears catalog. And this oversaturation is not limited to sports. According to media research firm Parks Associates, there are more than 300 of his consumer streaming services in the US. who can see it all?

Back when cable was king (not all that long ago), many customers wanted a la carte options so they wouldn’t pay for something they didn’t watch. I currently do, but sometimes it takes a mix of services to satisfy. These services are costly and end up being similar. . . cable.

I haven’t cut the cord yet, nor do I plan to. That’s not to say I’m against Virtual Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (vMVPD). This is the geek name of the streaming service. I prefer the ease of navigation and comprehensive content provided by Cable.

I subscribe to many streamers such as Prime Video, ESPN+, MLB.TV, Netflix and more. They all satisfy the sports fix, but reserved viewing. I have to go find them. On cable, content finds me. Games and shows pop up when you’re channel surfing and get you hooked on things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.

So having what the Honchos call “arbitrariness” is great, and I enjoy sports content machines churning out audio, video, and written work, but having an old, trusty box? I am happy to be here. Coax came into my life in his mid-1980s and has kept me connected with the games I hold dear. You can cut the string if you like. i like my splice

Cable is still here and thanks for that.

Other aspects of sports media that I appreciate are:

score bug

I remember the first time I saw a scoring bug in an NFL game. Fox introduced it in his 1994, the first year he owned an NFC package. I recall not liking the shape of the graphics because the team scores didn’t match (his OCD at work). It didn’t even include downs and distances. But it was great.

It was a foreign concept to football fans. Perhaps that’s because it comes from Australian David Hill, an expat and former Fox Sports chief. He said he received death threats after he debuted “FoxBox,” but today you won’t find his broadcast of the score his bug-free game.

They can be overloaded with information (see Bally Sports) and take up too much screen space (see ESPN’s college football graphics). But they’re also spatially economical and eye-pleasing (kudos to the Marquee Sports Network).

For better or worse, it’s a necessity. Can I watch the game broadcast?

podcast

If you think there are too many streaming services, guess how many podcasts are available. According to reports, about 2.5 million people. But here’s the problem. There’s a podcast for everyone.

I loved the TV show The West Wing. So when I found out in 2016 that a podcast was created to rewatch and find out each episode, I was hooked. The same applies to sports. The team you’re rooting for probably has its own podcast. Some are run by reporters covering the team, while others are run by fans who shed the team’s colors. Some are good, some are not.

But it’s great for fans who aren’t served by sports radio. For example, in the 90s I was one of his Blackhawks fans who were jealous of all the attention the media gave the Bulls. There were few, if any, places to listen to hockey in this city. There are now many podcasts dedicated to the Hawks.

Wish I had this in the middle of the 1992 playoffs.

Side job reporter

Men and women who roam the boundaries of play and brave the elements are often accused of being extra parts of game broadcasts. When you’re there, you won’t notice that you’re adding to the broadcast.

Admittedly, some reports aren’t very insightful. But the best reporters keep a close eye on the sidelines and benches and either share their findings themselves or pass them on to the producers. They’re a staple of football games, and hockey broadcasts have benefited greatly from bench-to-bench reporters and analysts who see and hear what those in the booth can’t.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who brought sport into our home.

remote patrol

The IHSA Championship football games will be broadcast live from Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Fridays on The U (channels 26.2 or 48.1) and Saturdays on CW26 (channels 26.1). Classes 1A-4A play on Friday and 5A-8A on Saturday. Games are scheduled at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm daily.

Chris Vosters Taking a break from the Hawks, call the Illinois Northwestern for the Big Ten Network at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.he is joined by an analyst Brock Vereen and reporter Megan McKeon.

Mitch Rosen, the program director of The Score, has been promoted to vice president of Audacy-owned BetQL Network, overseeing content and distribution. Rosen will remain on The Score.


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Written by Natalia Chi

Chicago Popular; Chicago breaking news, weather and live video. Covering local politics, health, traffic and sports for Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana.

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