ESPN changed Monday Night Football down-and-distance graphic at halftime to satisfy fans
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 struggled so much in the broadcast booth that he made a return to football, but Witten’s exit didn’t stop fans from finding something terribly 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.
Update: ESPN heard the complaints and changed the color of the graphic in the second half. Well done, ESPN.
The yellow graphic made every play look like a penalty because viewers have grown accustomed to the yellow “flag” graphic on 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.
ESPN needs to change the yellow graphic on the bottom right of the screen. I keep thinking it’s a flag. Whose idea was this?
This is such a basic concept for game presentation — choose literally any other color! — that it’s actually shocking that nobody at ESPN raised this issue before the broadcast. CBS had a similar problem a few years back and changed the color by Week 2.
ESPN will have to make a color switch as well, or it’ll be another long season for MNF fans.