This year, NBA TV changed course for its NBA Playoffs coverage. Instead of syndicating local feeds, the network hired national teams to cover games. While it seems like a small detail, it was a significant improvement for fans. Instead of hearing homerized calls from either the road or home announce team, National Basketball Association fans were treated to a proper broadcast deserving of the playoff stage with pros like Ian Eagle and Kevin Calabro on the call.
That's not to completely bemoan the job of local announcers. Their first priority was to serve their home markets as they had done all season, not the syndicated national audience. The onus wasn't on the local announcers to change their approach, it was on NBA TV to change theirs.
Now Fox is beginning to be asked the same question for its national Saturday MLB coverage.no comments