Last week, we brought you the story of the Wizards *and* Pistons announcers miscalling a buzzer beater at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. We then brought you the explanation of just why exactly the Verizon Center is an awful place to call a game, as written by an anonymous NBA announcer. Now, we know why the Wizards moved their TV teams off the court: for money, of course. DC Sports Bog has the details.
The benefits for the Wizards aren’t slight. Moving radio and then TV broadcasts off the floor created 16 new “Owner’s Club” seats, eight between the scorer’s table and each team bench. Those seats sell for $1,500 a game as part of a season-ticket package, and grant access to the remodeled Owner’s Club. The team sold the entire allotment this year, bringing in about $1 million.
And there’s probably no going back. A team spokesman said the broadcasters would be unlikely to move back to the floor, citing the economic benefits of additional premium seating
It really is all about the money. At $1,500 per seat, the Wizards are bringing in a cool 24 grand per game, assuming all 16 seats sell out. With 41 home games per season, that comes out to just shy of $1 million in extra profit per season, at the low cost of making games that much less watchable for fans at home due to commentary that's off the mark.
Putting the announcers at such an odd angle just seems odd, especially in a sport like basketball. Imagine if a baseball broadcast team was positioned halfway up the first base line to call a game as opposed to being behind the plate, or if a football crew was positioned at the 20 instead of midfield. I'm really not sure the distance is such a huge deal in this situation, but the angle is a definite issue, and hopefully the Wizards are able to correct that going into next season.
@darrenrovell Another item for media to negotiate in the next contract
@darrenrovell The stadium announcers off the floor tweet is a link to a reblog. Dan Steinberg at the Wash Post did the real reporting here.
@darrenrovell univ of Minnesota did something like this to TV photogs. Really lousy deal for us. Makes a few $ though so they do it
@awfulannouncing nobody watches the wizards on tv and zero people listen on the radio.
@awfulannouncing I agree it's weird, but the announcers have monitors. Shouldn't affect calling that much.
@Tom_NBA It would suck a lot! So much of calling a game is being able to feel the flow of the action, and unless you're close, you can't.
@JonMeerdink "Doc upset with the call" would turn into "Doc is waving his arms and saying...something."
@awfulannouncing Someone would pay $1,500 to see the Wizards?! Wow!
@awfulannouncing the lakers have done this for years. It's not news.