Bring back NWSL local broadcast crew
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The NWSL rolled out their broadcast deal with A+E Networks and Lifetime with full bells and whistles, but since then…radio silence. When it comes to the streaming component of the NWSL’s broadcast deal, there are a lot of questions and very few answers. However, the clubs have informed their broadcast teams their services will no longer be needed as it becomes increasingly clear a majority of the Lifetime broadcasts will originate from a central studio.
Here's my opinion on this:
To me, it is absolutely a shame that they would do something like this!!
I thought there were a few broadcast teams that had a great group who you could tell were invested in their local teams, specifically Houston, Portland, Washington. Sky Blue FC of NJ made good improvements to add content to it's broadcast last season. Was hoping with a little investment from A&E these would stay on and up their level.
Having local teams who know all of the players, not just the NTers was great. They brought little tidbits and inside info that the broadcasters from Florida will not be able to get. I realize there are going to be some downsides to progress and this is one of them IMO. Perhaps this will be a first year thing until A&E can get some more permanent local things installed. I do think this deal is going to be good for the league in the long run, but won't be without some hiccups. I hope they are sticking to the promise of streaming all of the games.
Lastly, I would like to thank all of the, now former, broadcasting teams of the NWSL. Many put a lot of hard work and time into the job and had to deal with much criticism from fans, me included at times. Just know that your efforts did not go unnoticed by a lot of hardcore fans.
It's going to be bad for the league if they don't stream all games. Many of us only have the interest or time to watch one or 2 games per week, usually just following the team we are personally interested in and that's very true as well! I think American broadcasters don't get that soccer is very much a local sport (which happens to be played everywhere) and fans are far more interested in their particular club rather than the league as a whole.
Ann Schatz for Portland let the visuals and crowd noise do the talking for what had just happened on the pitch.
Michelle Betos's stoppage time header for a goal to even the match against Kansas City and Nadia Nadim's match winning goal against Seattle when NT players were gone.
We need to bring back the local broadcasters of the NWSL, who does a very well done calling those home games wherever they live, not some in-studio broadcasters who would watch the monitor while calling games, which will miss out the excitement and everything else!!
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