On TNT's Thursday broadcast of the Thunder-Warriors game, the broadcast booth will have a completely different look: there won't be a play-by-play announcer as reported by USA Today.
Steve Kerr, Chris Webber, and Reggie Miller, all three of whom are analysts for NBA games on TNT, will be manning the booth, creating an innovative, interesting (and potentially disastrous) combination.
Kerr's description of his role in the booth is that of a "point man leading us to breaks. Maybe a little bit of a traffic cop if the game calls for it. It is more like three former players having a round table (discussion) almost during the game."
The idea apparently came about when Turner executives wanted to try something different and experiment with the game broadcast, realizing there really hasn't been any innovation in that field. So why not put three announcers together who know the game, even if one of them doesn't fit into the defined role that we've come to know and expect when watching sports? The pressure will definitely be on Kerr to facilitate discussion in a completely new role.
I'm really interested to see how this turns out tomorrow night. This could be something that's never spoken of again, with the trio continually stepping on one another and awkward silence taking over the broadcast. Then again, If it works, it could shape the way networks approach games in the future. This broadcast could have that vibe networks are often searching for of watching the game with your friends at the bar. From that aspect, it's worth attempting at least once to see what happens.
For those of you that didn't know, Yes Dan Fouts did do PBP for ABC's coverage of College Football during the 2007 College Football Regular season.
A lot of local MLB tv and Radio Analysts and PBP voices double as part-time Analysis and Part-time PBP voices too!!!
@CadChica Thanks. At least now I know why all I heard was discombobulated talk with no flow during my few minutes watching.
@IlluFaija Huomio tehty, pitää vilkasta huomenna. Menee todennäköisesti reilusti pieleen.
@Ledfloyd13 people would tune in just to hear Charles. Plus Reggie is absolutely terrible.
@ArtDirectorBYU Reinforces a general truth: on TV, play-by-play is mostly extraneous. You see what's happening, you don't need it described
@awfulannouncing It could work, but we'll never know because of Reggie Miller.
@awfulannouncing thanks for the heads up. I'll be sure to watch something else
@awfulannouncing Awkward silence? Have no fear with Reggie involved.
@awfulannouncing Would've rather seen Chuck, Shaq and Steve Kerr
@awfulannouncing Kerr looks thrilled about it in that photo with the article.
@awfulannouncing Ugh. Sounds brutal.
ESPN's tennis coverage does this a lot with Patrick McEnroe and either Brad Gilbert or Darren Cahill, then Pam Shriver playing traffic cop with either Chris Evert or Mary Joe Fernandez. There's something to be said for a play by play person with chops playing that sport. (Terry Gannon is a traditional pxp on ESPN's NBA coverage who played the sport in college, for example)
@DropThePuckWHTK it's going to fail horribly.
@Razor5Hole I think they should let you do that for a Stars game. It would be tantalizing and six shades of sexy.
@jweld802 I feel like anything TNT does without Charles Barkley in attendance is better than anything they do with Charles Barkley.
@awfulannouncing two play by play announcers next?
@awfulannouncing maybe to actually give Kerr a chance to talk? Still not sure if he was with Nantz or Kellogg the other night??
@awfulannouncing steve kerr is smart enough to make it work. excited for this.
@MrLauterbachXLJ dumbest thing I've ever seen
@gregwrubell It's a challenge. Years ago Jazz had radio/TV simulcast. Drove my dad nuts. "Does he not think I can see what I'm watching!?"
@spohorence agreed...hope this fails
@ericduick yep haha. Thinking the same thing. I would be surprised if it turns out good. ESPN's hostless studio show hasn't been good
@Jbrody27 I don't think it'll work out either
@ArtDirectorBYU I liked it, because I could be doing other things and still hear exactly what was going on. Hot Rod simulcasts worked for me
@DropThePuckWHTK As history has shown, just bc you played doesn't mean you can broadcast...
@MrLauterbachXLJ I feel like it's just gunna be really sloppy
@gregwrubell As an 8 year old it was a great way to learn how basketball worked. Also, Hot Rod is pretty awesome just in general.
@jweld802 I've run out of material. (I feel like Barkley).
@Jbrody27 Agreed. Nobody will tell the "story" of the game. Instead they'll just be talking about the game & specific plays for to long.