Can't believe Scott Van Pelt re-upped with ESPN to play second fiddle to Chris Berman at the US Open.— RoneFace (@RoneFace) June 14, 2012
No contractual agreement exists between ESPN & the Masters preventing Chris Berman from announcing there. There is an "understanding."— James Andrew Miller (@ESPNBook) June 15, 2012
Yesterday, Matt put together a great piece exploring people's agony over Chris Berman headlining ESPN's US Open coverage. While I'd like to say the outcry was mild in passion and size and the selected tweets were just some vocal detractors, the truth is that Berman is deserving of such harsh rhetoric.
This isn't your run of the mill 60/40 type argument (presumably 60% wanting Berman replaced by Scott Van Pelt). I don't even think it's the dreaded 70/30 split among sports fans, which is a terrible 40% discrepancy. It's more like 90/10 against Berman, although I honestly think it could be worse than that.
I'm not even the biggest Berman hater as I think of myself as quite tolerant. NFL highlights, the Home Run Derby, and Monday Night Football, that's all fine with me. You can have that Berman.... I'll bite my tongue. The derby and highlights are perfect for his shtick although his style does not seem to go over well with my demographic (snarky 18-34 Chinese Jews).
But events like the US Open and early rounds of the NFL Draft is where myself and sports fans really lose out. Not only does his exuberant style stick out like Christian Laettner on the Dream Team, but the public KNOWS there is someone SIGNIFICANTLY better who is not being utilized. Is NFL Network really doing that much different to be making dents into ESPN's draft ratings market share other than not having Chris Berman hosting the draft?
Meanwhile the likes of guys like SVP and Trey Wingo bide their time waiting for a change that if left up to sports fans, would have been made years ago. Both Wingo and SVP are known entities, have paid their dues, presumably follow sports more closely, are well liked, have way less of a canned and stale act, and are by far more eloquent and informative than Berman.
Direct TV Channel 703 following Tiger Phil Bubba group. And Berman-free.— SPORTSbyBROOKS (@SPORTSbyBROOKS) June 15, 2012
So why does ESPN and other media companies trot out an inferior broadcasting lineup knowing there is more talent on the bench? Simply put it's bullshit politics and egos.