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Monday, June 27, 2022

Peacock to stream Royals-Tigers game without announcers

NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood realizes that game telecasts without announcers have been attempted a couple times, mostly without success. He is hoping the July 3 game between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers on Peacock will reverse that trend.

Peacock will not have any announcers in the booth for its streaming coverage of the AL Central matchup from Detroit’s Comerica Park. Instead, reporters will take fans around the ballpark and view the game from different vantage points.

“The whole idea of this is treating a game completely different. We’re going to take you out to the ballpark,” said Flood, who is also the network’s president of production. “We just want to be the ultimate fan’s experience and spend it like anyone else. It’s an American holiday celebration weekend. We’re going to lean in and treat baseball like fans do.”

MLB Sunday Leadoff host and in-game reporter Ahmed Fareed — who grew up in Michigan — will be joined by Bally Sports Detroit analyst Craig Monroe and NBC Sports’ Britney Eurton.

Besides featuring fans in the stands, the broadcast could also include a conversation with a scout about what they are looking for during games. There will also be a focus on youth baseball and softball, including a Little League player announcing the lineups.

“One of our goals for the Peacock game has been to celebrate the game and the players and everything that makes the sport special. So for this game that kind of gives us an opportunity to celebrate everything that makes baseball special off the field,” Fareed said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2022 at 10:15 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: June 27, 2022 at 10:34 AM (#6084063)
a game with no announcers AND no viewers !

Manfred FTW
   2. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: June 27, 2022 at 10:38 AM (#6084065)
Also an MLB game without any MLB teams!
   3. Cris E Posted: June 27, 2022 at 11:18 AM (#6084069)
I'm hoping they find some boozed up old guy who *claims* he's a KC scout and gets hold of the mic for a couple innings until an associate producer wrests it away from him.
   4. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: June 27, 2022 at 11:38 AM (#6084072)
I was excited about the headline, but the blurb makes it sound worse. Just show the game, with a stadium mike, but no commentary. I've been known to watch games on mute just to get rid of the announcers.
   5. salvomania Posted: June 27, 2022 at 12:06 PM (#6084075)
AppleTV did that for one inning on Friday's Cubs-Cardinals game, calling it "Field Sounds," i.e., the only sounds you hear are what you'd hear if you were sitting at the game.

They had different views from different parts of the stands, the most puzzling one being looking over some customers' shoulders while in line at a concession booth that faced in (not towards the field) so you just saw the nasty lighting and greasy machines.

It was not very entertaining or enlightening.
   6. gehrig97 Posted: June 27, 2022 at 12:32 PM (#6084084)
Now if we can just get Stadiums to stop BLASTING obnoxious music every second of the game...

(Yeah yeah. "Get off my lawn," etc etc)
   7. Obo Posted: June 27, 2022 at 01:35 PM (#6084100)
(Yeah yeah. "Get off my lawn," etc etc)

Never apologize for being correct about something.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 27, 2022 at 02:58 PM (#6084106)
The Royals just traded Carlos Santana to the Mariners. I get that the Mariners just lost their first baseman for a while and have a massive gaping wound at DH, but they're also not contenders, and Santana is done.
   9. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 27, 2022 at 02:59 PM (#6084107)
An MLB Game of the Week in the 90's tried that no-announcer experiment, and it was generally greeted positively but never repeated. It can be a bit disconcerting for someone who turns on his TV while the game is in progress and thinks there's something wrong with the sound system.
   10. Bret Sabermatrician Posted: June 27, 2022 at 03:35 PM (#6084112)
4. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: June 27, 2022 at 11:38 AM (#6084072)
I was excited about the headline, but the blurb makes it sound worse. Just show the game, with a stadium mike, but no commentary. I've been known to watch games on mute just to get rid of the announcers.


We call that being a Braves fan.
   11. pikepredator Posted: June 27, 2022 at 03:52 PM (#6084117)
Just show the game, with a stadium mike, but no commentary.


I'm all for that.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: June 27, 2022 at 04:36 PM (#6084132)
If I don't want announcers (most of the time), I just switch over to music. Why would I want stadium sounds much less 3+ hours of chatting with fans

Now back in the day, 2.5 hours of Arne Harris hat and halter shots might have held my attention. (You have to be a WGN Cubs nerd to get that one.)

including a Little League player announcing the lineups

Just one of them? Why not 20 LLers introducing the lineups one at a time?

Anyway, on with the show!

   13. Ron J Posted: June 27, 2022 at 07:26 PM (#6084167)
#8 Before settling on France they gave Jake Bauers a half year. Never was to has been with an actually good player in between.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: June 27, 2022 at 07:57 PM (#6084175)
An MLB Game of the Week in the 90's tried that no-announcer experiment, and it was generally greeted positively but never repeated.


I knew a network had done this for an NFL game, but didn't think it was way back in 1980 - Dolphins-Jets meaningless finale.

"To replace the announcers, the network used more on-screen graphics than usual and asked the public address announcer at Miami's Orange Bowl to impart more information than he typically did. Efforts to use more sensitive microphones and pick up more sound from the field, however, did not succeed. While the experiment did increase the telecast's ratings, it was widely regarded as a failure since it did not provide sufficient context for viewers."
   15. Walt Davis Posted: June 27, 2022 at 08:28 PM (#6084177)
I never considered announcers an issue in football because they have replays etc to talk about. Baseball has too much down time, these guys need to be entertaining or at least pleasant to listen to. But it still needs a pbp guy
   16. RoyalFlush Posted: June 28, 2022 at 10:26 AM (#6084250)
The Royals just traded Carlos Santana to the Mariners. I get that the Mariners just lost their first baseman for a while and have a massive gaping wound at DH, but they're also not contenders, and Santana is done.


He ain't what he used to be, but his June slash line is .357/.478/.554 - so I don't think he's done. And the Royals gave them Santana AND $4+ million. So, not a ton of risk unless you were attached either of the two pitchers they sent back.
   17. pthomas Posted: June 28, 2022 at 10:35 AM (#6084256)
I'd still mute the sound.
   18. A triple short of the cycle Posted: June 28, 2022 at 02:42 PM (#6084300)
As someone who thinks he knows baseball pretty well and typically finds announcers annoying, I prefer watching with no sound/commentary. Like at the bar, with the jukebox playing. The first thing I always look for is if the pitcher is hitting the catchers target or not.
   19. Karl from NY Posted: June 28, 2022 at 03:19 PM (#6084311)
That NFL one is fairly widely known -- and also extremely dated now. Modern computer graphics packages can convey far more information than the technology of that time.

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