How do YOU like the ESPN "talk show"?

tenis

Professional
With more US commentators than players (probably 10- 15?), constant talk,....oh yes, they're making a big money
depending on how long they talk...ha,ha. And than we have the nonsense scoring on top and bunch of "news" on the bottom of screen. Hate that.
Sooo, I switched to Tennis Channel and.... there is my favorite guy, Mr. self-complacent Gimelstob.
Does poker have better broadcast? Maybe we have to watch different sport.....
 

pmata814

Professional
With more US commentators than players (probably 10- 15?), constant talk,....oh yes, they're making a big money
depending on how long they talk...ha,ha. And than we have the nonsense scoring on top and bunch of "news" on the bottom of screen. Hate that.
Sooo, I switched to Tennis Channel and.... there is my favorite guy, Mr. self-complacent Gimelstob.
Does poker have better broadcast? Maybe we have to watch different sport.....
I'll never complain again about tennis coverage on ESPN. I prefer what they're giving me now in AWESOME HD quality than the crap I've gotten from the tennis channel all year long. You can't even see the ball on most tournaments. I haven't bothered to see anything on TTC for wimbledon since I'm watching it on ESPN.
 

tenis

Professional
In my area TC has much better picture than ESPN.
ESPN sucks, nonsense crapy talking, they trying make a some kind of "show" I gues. Too much like a Hollywood.
 

ndtennis

Rookie
Yea. didnt notice as much until this wimbledon, ESPN needs to rethink things cause they do a lot of talking and the format on the screen is awful
 

taffymoon

Semi-Pro
ESPN hates showing the tennis - they just want to yak about the clothes, and the americans, and the old times - it seems like they force themselves to show a few points now and then, and then, back to the damn studio. They are driving me crazy - why were they interviewing Lindsay Davenport this morning while Rafa was playingÉ He`s number two in the world!
 

Lucky57

Rookie
grr what i didn't like was when they were showing sharapova getting crushed and making stupid mistakes, when two good matches were going on (tipsarovic vs. roddick and blake vs. schuettler) but instead of showing those matches they showed sharapova just beating herself and playing awful tennis.
 

Char

Rookie
I have no problem with most of the commentators, but:

I hate the darn ticker at the bottom though. Who needs to know that stuff in the middle of a tennis tournament? Who cares? I can see running baseball scores in other games while you're watching your team, but all that crap during tennis? Hello? On top of it it crowds the bottom of the screen, the nearest server, and the nearest baseline, without the camera actually adjusting to compensate.

Then there's this:

grr what i didn't like was when they were showing sharapova getting crushed and making stupid mistakes, when two good matches were going on (tipsarovic vs. roddick and blake vs. schuettler) but instead of showing those matches they showed sharapova just beating herself and playing awful tennis.
In trying to show everything live, always, everywhere, we just get little pieces of everything. Cant get into a match and sense the ebbs and flows and see a whole match. Instead we just jump around everywhere.

They need a better producer, a tennis savvy one, and I think by 8-9am, if not sooner, it should be clear what the hot match is at that time frame and show the rest of it in its full glory. Tennis isnt just about highlights. That would then mean a tape delay as we got caught up on the other matches that happened while we watched that one. Should one great one have developed while we were watching one, show it in full, or at least most of it. Move on to highlights of other matches and then into the second set of matches running. We should be able that way to see the second half at least of two early matches and two late matches, as well as highlights.

Who knows though. It sounds feasible but maybe it isnt. Its just frustrating watching bits and pieces of matches. The interviews and discussion outside of a match (which could happen after play is all done for the day) and all those commercials take up significant time as well.
 

FuriousYellow

Professional
I have no problems with the commentators either. I like Gilbert and Cahill's commentary, and am probably one of the few people who laughs at Mary Carillo's jokes.

The problem I have is with the amount of commentary that's been going on during the first week. They'll often break away from matches for minutes at a time to have meaningless discussions about things like Federer's sweater or some other gibberish.

Save that human interest stuff for the Tennis Channel. I tune in to watch tennis being played. Not hear people talking about it.
 
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