Saturday, February 28, 2009

At Least It's Not In Black And White

As a Butler alumnus, it probably comes as no surprise that I follow Bulldogs basketball. Given their recent success and the growth of the program over the last 6-7 years, Butler has gotten more national interest and more games televised this season.

That's the good news. The bad news is that every game that ESPN has televised involving Butler has been in standard definition (SD) instead of HD. I guess ESPN doesn't feel that Butler deserves to be shown in HD? I know that the Horizon League isn't a power conference, but it still seems ridiculous--especially since Butler has been ranked in the Top 25 nearly all season.

And it's not like ESPN doesn't have the resources. I mean, how many people do they have on the air during their Monday Night Football broadcasts? They commit something like 8-9 broadcasters and "analysts" for every MNF game, but can't commit to showing every college basketball game in HD? This isn't 2003, where HD was still pretty new, but 2009, right?

Why not show the game in black and white? Just think about how much cheaper it would be! Better yet, why not just show a black screen and only carry the audio? Talk about a new trend--radio on TV! And it would be appropriate given that today's game is at Butler, which plays in legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse. What better way to celebrate the tradition that Hinkle represents?

Perhaps I should trademark those ideas.

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Blogger Zinglebert Bembledack said...

I would think that every sporting event on ESPN and ESPN2 (as well as "The Ocho") would be televised in HD. It will be interesting to see if they televise the Horizon League Tournament in HD or SD since it will be hosted at Hinkle again this year.

What? Do they think the cheerleaders are ugly and do not want to see them in HD? If they really feel that the game will not draw enough ratings to warrant broadcasting the game in HD, then why the hell are they broadcasting it in the first place?

No excuses for not broadcasting in HD! Let's find a few billion somewhere and start our own network and show ESPN and Fox how it is supposed to be done.

March 2, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Zinglebert Bembledack said...

Also, there is nothing worse than to tune in your High-Def TV into an HD channel and see the game in Standard Def!!!!!

ESPN for Fucktard of the Month!

March 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM  

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