However, when you see and hear a Versus game, and an NBC game as well, that standard is abandoned for nonstop conversation that too often ignores the game’s action. Most likely, that’s not the decision of the guys behind the mic but the guys behind the scenes, who instruct the announcers to “tell stories” at the expense of providing clear descriptions and analysis. They do hockey a massive disservice.
This is exactly how I feel about it and why I’m always so irritated by it. I’ve wondered how we’re supposed to be swaying the casual fan with these games, when even a seasoned fan like me can barely follow the action because it’s not being described.
I want to know who just laid a hit, or who just saved a scoring chance with backchecking. I don’t care to hear the announcers reminisce about the time they met Rocket Richard. Or listen to them ramble about some issue that came up in a minor-league game the week before and has no bearing on the current game. Especially when it’s scripted.
I’m a Stars fan. I can tell which Star has the puck and what he’s about to do, but I kind of like to know what’s happening with the opponent, too. And if I’m watching a game that doesn’t include the Stars, I like to know who those people are.
The way Versus and NBC have styled their commentary, I tend to lose track of what’s going on on the ice, and then I lose interest. I’d rather watch a game with the local broadcaster for one of the teams. Even if it’s a terrible homer duo, at least you get to hear what one of the teams is doing.
Check out the article. I would like to think a groundswell of agreement might make them allow the excellent broadcasters they hire (Pierre McGuire excluded) to call the games the way that made them excellent broadcasters.