ESPN getting hammered for its broadcast of SEC basketball game
COVID has led to more games being called remotely by broadcasters. When technical difficulties happen with broadcasters away from the game, viewers are sometimes left with silence, one-person broadcasts or low-quality audio.
ESPN ran into technical difficulties with the broadcast of Saturday’s Alabama-Mizzou basketball game. Here’s the background on the situation:
And now Karl Ravech is calling this game off his phone, very similar to Mark Jones a few weeks ago. My gracious, simply unbelievable to start off your Saturday. https://t.co/2Kik9Pd41J
— Owen (@Alakazam_428) February 6, 2021
— Christopher Boan (@cgboan) February 6, 2021
As you might expect, Ravech broadcasting via phone was not well-received by Twitter. Here’s a small sample of the reaction:
Karl Ravech is trapped inside a metal can
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) February 6, 2021
Karl Ravech right now pic.twitter.com/c5EJnvWXTq
— Bri Edwards-Helaire (@BrianMcGannon) February 6, 2021
No. 18 #Mizzou leads No. 10 Alabama 23-15 with 11:32 to go in the game. The Tigers have as many turnovers as the quality of Karl Ravech microphone – 0
— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) February 6, 2021
Karl Ravech right now pic.twitter.com/12bMyLw28s
— Garrett Bell (@Garrett40Bell) February 6, 2021
And now Karl Ravech is on, calling the game from underground it seems https://t.co/hp47h8KDOz
— Aidan Joly (@ByAidanJoly) February 6, 2021
The one time Mizzou gets on ESPN and they got Karl Ravech calling this game from the bottom of the ocean
— Jonathan Lidskin (@liddy121212) February 6, 2021
Karl Ravech doing this Bama/Mizzou game from his cell phone right now is a prime example for why broadcasting from remote locations is not practical and should not become the norm going forward.
— Christian Kaposy (@cpkaposy18) February 6, 2021
Jimmy Dykes is in love with Herb Jones and Karl Ravech is on his cellphone calling this game LOL.
— Detroit Griot (@JustCallmeBHunt) February 6, 2021
Based on the audio quality, I assume Karl Ravech is calling into this broadcast from Narnia.
— David Mann (@MIZ_DBH) February 6, 2021
Yo @espn I'd rather listen to silence than what you're trying to pass off right now. Goodness.
— Back to Back AFC Champs. (@good_tweets_ted) February 6, 2021
First Mizzou game on big ESPN and play-by-play is talking through a can
— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) February 6, 2021
What is espn doing?
— @573tees (@573tees) February 6, 2021
Please don’t make us listen to someone commentate this game through a phone @espn
— Mizzou (@HolideyMutt) February 6, 2021
Thankfully, the phone broadcast is over. Ravech is back to normal audio quality.