Ed Note: Earlier this week Wizards play by play man Steve Buckhantz and Pistons play by play man George Blaha mistakenly called a game ending airball by Washington's Trevor Ariza as a game winning three pointer. The blooper, especially Buckhantz's call, went viral and was even mocked on national television by Inside the NBA. However, from the announcer's perspective, it was a perfect storm of circumstances working against the men who called the game. And, it was symbolic of larger issues that have faced broadcasters around the NBA. An anonymous veteran NBA announcer writes about those issues and why they led to the retracted dagger Wednesday night.
Philadelphia was the first, Washington this year was the second to move TV off of its traditional courtside location. More will be coming in future years I have no doubt. Both have been used as radio locations for years. This dates back to 2006, on what we call “that black day” when teams (lobbied by owners) were allowed to convert their radio broadcast locations into premium seating for big money.no comments