1. i enjoyed last night monday night football The two-for-one special with Titans-Bills begins at 7:15 p.m. ET and Vikings-Eagles at 8:30 p.m. ET. I have a two-TV set up, so it was easy to follow both games simultaneously and I didn’t have to stay up to 1 a.m., which would have been if ESPN had given us the traditional 7 p.m./10 p.m. double header. .
I was a DirecTV subscriber for 20 years before the terrible service was canceled a few years ago, I always spent my Sundays watching the Game Mix channel. I didn’t mind playing eight games at a time, so it was easy to play two.
Judging by the social media reaction, people seem to have had no issues with the start time last night. However, many people pointed out a specific problem: ESPN’s use of split screen to show what was happening in both games.
It didn’t bother me, but there were many other people who were very annoyed at the interruption of their game of choice.
Sounds like a smart proposition to one of my Twitter followers, given that ESPN has multiple channels:
The idea of running a permanent split screen on ESPN 2 makes sense on the surface, but there will be a lot of issues, mainly on the business side. Advertisements/advertisements will be affected, and Nielsen ratings will be affected. Which audio feed will they use? Pulling it off isn’t as easy as you’d expect.
I think ABC/ESPN exacerbated this by trying to keep the audience abreast of the second game. There was no need for a constant score bug. People can easily turn to another game or check their phones if they want to know what’s going on. But I didn’t consider it a significant problem. However, some people did.
It will be interesting to see if ESPN hears audience feedback about split screen next season when it airs three doubleheaders. It’s yet to be determined whether those doubleheaders will have overlapping games, but if they do, ABC/ESPN is going to make a decision about liberal use of split screen.
2. Week 2 saw more good ratings news for the NFL. CBS’ Late Window, which featured the Texans-Broncos, Cardinals-Raiders and Bengals-Cowboys, drew 27.4 million viewers. It was CBS’s most-watched game since the 14th Chiefs-Patriots game in 2019, garnering 28.2 million viewers.
3. The Lions will play the Vikings this Sunday. Here’s how Detroit coach Dan Campbell scouted Minnesota Monday night.
4. This video showing what Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would look like as a right-handed thrower has received a lot of attention.
5. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts took a dance break during Monday’s game, but his players were not surprised once.
6. newest SI Media Podcast presents an interview with New York Post Sports media columnist Andrew Marchand. Topics we covered on the show include:
- What to expect from Amazon Prime Video Thursday Night FootballBut the biggest challenge facing Prime Video
- ESPN completes a home race with Joe Buck and Troy Ekman
- Pat McAfee is joining college gameday
- Strong Initial Ratings for NFL and College Football
- NBC’s New Booth for Notre Dame Games
- Are Rule Analysts Overrated
- The TV future of LIV Golf
you can also see SI Media Podcast on Youtube.
7. Random Video of the Day: A stunning tribute video to one of the greatest sports broadcasting teams of all time, Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
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