One of the most routine claims you'll always hear from sports fans is how a certain announcer is biased against their favorite team. This is usually laughable and speaks to the tribal paranoia that is so often what we most cherish about sports. Living in Columbus, I can attest to the fact that 98% of Ohio State football fans believe the national media is against their team in the rare cases it's actually real (Mark May) or imagined (everyone else).
During last night's TBS broadcast of the Braves-Dodgers NLDS game, Atlanta fans were as angry as Brian McCann when someone cut in line at Golden Corral. They thought the coverage was biased towards the big market, big personality Los Angeles Dodgers. WE'VE GOT TO BE ANGRY WITH SOMEBODY: THE STORY OF THE 2013 ATLANTA &#*%ING BRAVES.
@MLB_TBS how about hiding your LA bias a little bit better for the next game. We get it, you love Puig and want to have his babies.— Stewart Smithwick (@StewSmithwick) October 7, 2013
@MLB_TBS I have never in my life heard a more bias commentary in baseball. Why don't y'all just go marry magic Johnson and the dodgers org.— Whistlen' Dixie (@DixieBelleAL) October 7, 2013
Dear TBS, you should just go ahead and verbally admit you are rooting for the Dodgers, the bias we are hearing is ridiculous— Stephen Davidson (@Offtheportbow) October 7, 2013
TBS announcers are def gonna blow all of LA's players after this game. So much for no bias towards a team.— Pen Tompkins (@pen_tompkins) October 7, 2013
At the same time, Dodger fans were screaming from the rooftops that TBS's coverage was biased in the Braves' favor. After all, this is the network that aired Atlanta Braves games to the nation for decades. Ted Turner's name is on the station and the Braves' stadium. He used to own the team! Certainly they'd be in the tank for the home side since their studios are in Atlanta... right?
Ok now I'm pissed! ESPN and TBS haven't even given the Dodgers any positive comments. We are one win away... East coast bias sick of it— laura (@lsor8) October 7, 2013
I can't watch #TBS. Just too Atlanta biased.— Trevor Goodwin (@trevorgoodwin) October 7, 2013
Maybe all this means TBS's baseball coverage is getting something right.
It was obvious during the games that the announcers had very lil positive comments to say about LA and took every oppty to say something good about the Braves. I finally got tired of it and now see how LA has thee classiest announcers, ex. Vin. Scully who is a true sports announcer. These announcers for TBS need to take a lesson and learn and MLB should monitor this more carefully. I did the smart thing and turned them down and in place put on my Professional LA Dodger announcers off the radio
Awful announcers, finally showed game after 2nd inning, horrible!
Gonna have to buy a radio, shame on TBS
Poor example of a family channel. Biased sickening announcers. This is a game of fun and sportsmanship. Instead we hear biased announcers all for dodgers and unfair umpires. I. Think you are awful
I,am a huge EJ fan but he is so in the tank for Magic from their NBA work that he has gone over the 50/50 point.
Can't say they are biased either way, but I can say their commentators studio guys suck. And I don't have a horse in the race either. Keith Olberman like to talk about himself too much as well.
@Jarose63 Give me a break. The announcers should have been wearing Braves jerseys and doing the Tomahawk chop.