It's one of the oldest broadcasting tricks in the book during sports events. "Randomly" find the attractive young girl in the crowd for your fan reaction shots. It's hardly ever the portly fella who's probably too old to be wearing a jersey in public, isn't it? The Florida Marlins and the local Fox Sports broadcast took it one step further by showing these scantily clad dancers around a commercial break.
But keep in mind this isn't just a broadcasting trick and a random stadium shot. These dancers are actually on the job at a bar in the stadium. How many times do you think the local Marlins broadcast will resort to these shots during the season? I'd put it in the low three figures. When you're the Florida Marlins, you have to pull out all the stops to win back fans and viewers I suppose. I also think Brent Musburger just applied to be the new Marlins play by play man.
Via Business Insider
They showed those dancers all last year, too. I've been to the Clevelander - there's a lot more scandalous stuff going on that they're not showing.
@kwatt Everybody loves camera 12! I hate sitting in left field, the noise from the club is awful during the game. Perhaps I'm just too old.
This isn't new for 2013. They showed the dancers every game last year, and even had "Camera 12" stationed there in the Clevelander. And then after female viewers wrote in demanding equal time, they had a pool boy competition there too. Sure it's a unique Miami thing, but besides that, the Marlins broadcast team of Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton are two of the very best around. I love listening to them both, and they make it entertaining while the Fish stumble. Give these pros a listen.
Full disclosure, I immediately looked at the Cubs' schedule for "at Marlins." Looks like the DVR'll be getting a workout later this month.