Sep 22, 2009

When video scoreboard replays go bad

Here's some advance reading for my Sports Business students who are already checking out my blog. This topic always generates lots of discussion.

Background - in September the video scoreboard operators at Bronco Stadium in Boise showed a replay of Oregon running back LeGarette Blount punching Boise State's Byron Hout over and over and over.

I just remembered. High in the stands after the game, we were unable to get out of the stadium quickly. So, we were entertained by the video scoreboard. Which showed the punch over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. To do what incite a riot? They didn't show the cheap verbal comment. They just showed the punch. In slow motion I might add. So they edited it to make Blount look even worse. Over and over and over and over. And the Boise State fans grew angry. And they kept running it. And the Boise fans grew angrier. And what was a great environment in the stands, turned into screaming matches started by Boise fans. I saw them.

From the stands, you really couldn't see the Blount incident. 99% of the fans never saw it because there was so much going on right after the game.

So, someone tell the video operator it's not okay to show it 24 times in a row. Which is how many times I saw it before I stopped counting. What an idiot. Apparently I'm not the only one who noticed that. Which means, when we find out what Hout actually said, 'Can we broadcast that to their fans over two dozen times so their shamed? They should be. Or maybe the BSU fan who took a whack at Blount? Is that fair game to continuously show on a loop to them? And Oregon fans the next time any team from BSU shows up?

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