Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/10/05 at 08:43 AM ET
In respect to the coverage itself, OLN believes that it has learned from ESPN's mistakes. Co-ordinating producer Mike Baker told USA Today that his network had reviewed TV hockey coverage on ESPN and was unhappy with the amount of seats that were being displayed, as opposed to the actual ice. Baker added, "You'll see 37% more of the rink, so our games will be 37% better because the screen will be 37% bigger." But after viewing their new format, it is obvious that this concept does not work. Shots of the net from the main cameras are not visible until the play is beyond the top of the circle. The angle remains closely focused on the action in the immediate vicinity of the puck. But what about the play that is taking place away from the puck? Pardon the sarcasm, but it's slightly relevant in situations like these. This zoomed-in effect also does not allow for television viewers to see the boards, which must thrill the advertisers. Throw in an ironic obstructing banner at the bottom of the screen, and you have a recipe for disaster.
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