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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Sports Networks Should Focus on Nostalgia During This Time: TRAINA THOUGHTS

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1. Dear ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports Network and any other sports network I may have missed: I know I’ve already provided you with a list of 10 shows/events I’d love to see you re-air, but since I have so much time on my hands these days, I have another request.

I know you are in a very tough spot right now trying to fill hours and hours of programming, and I sympathize with the fact having no live sports has left you in a difficult bind, so I’m not here to criticize. I’m here to help with some free advice.

When re-airing games, please stick to the ‘80s and ‘90s as much as possible. I’m sure this isn’t easy because of rights fees and contractual issues, but I beg you to do what you can.


Over the weekend, MLB Network aired games from the classic Mets-Astros 1986 playoff series. It was glorious. ABC’s Keith Jackson doing the play-by-play, batters who didn’t step out of the box for five minutes at a time, outfield walls without advertisements. Bring us back to that.

1980s and 1990s? My hopes are for the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s- in part because I’m curious to know what from those decades survives in the network vaults, and now seems the best time to answer that question.


QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 01:09 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 01, 2020 at 10:22 AM (#5935462)
I think mixing it up is a good idea. The idea of focusing on the 80s and 90s sounds like someone who is probably my age fixating on “their” era.

What I’d really like though is more random games. NESN (Red Sox RSN) has been re-airing the 2013 post-season run which is fine and all but yesterday they played a regular season game against the Yankees from 2008. I’m not sure what the reason for that one was but I loved it. As much as the great games are fun to see we’ve all seen highlights. Just a random August game with players like Paul Byrd, Edwar Ramirez and Xavier Nady is a nice little throwback.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: April 01, 2020 at 10:43 AM (#5935471)
Just a random August game with players like Paul Byrd, Edwar Ramirez and Xavier Nady is a nice little throwback.

The nice thing about a random game (particularly for a team you don't follow) is you don't know who won, so there's some suspense involved. They should choose competitive games, but ones that aren't well known. That way you know you're know you're getting a good game, but one where the outcome remains in doubt.

   3. Jay Seaver Posted: April 01, 2020 at 03:06 PM (#5935588)
Of course, those 1950s to 1990s games aren't going to be in HD, and I'm betting that a lot of networks are kind of cautious about suddenly looking a lot less sophisticated than what's on whatever channel they're next to. Stuff that was shot with the idea that it would mostly be broadcast over-the-air to twenty-inch NTSC TVs does not exactly look great on today's display devices, and though the people watching NESN for baseball today are probably hardcore enough not to care, it's not necessarily great to tie one hand behind your back while sinking in quicksand. There are people and algorithms doing great things with upscaling these days, but I wonder how much these regional networks are shelling out to get it looking good.

I'm also kind of mildly interested in whether ESPN/RSNs/etc. are starting to upgrade to 4K, or if that's not considered worth the effort. There was talk that NHK was going to be doing some crazy tech stuff with the Olympics this year (8K, high frame rates, etc.) that I would have loved to see.

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