For the next few minutes, the screen displayed a graphic showing a list of transfers made during the off-season. However the graphic appeared prematurely and then proceeded to stay on the screen for 2-3 minutes despite the fact that the broadcasting team had Christian Miles talking about late breaking team news when the camera should have been focused on him instead.
It got worse.
Unbeliveably, it got even worse from here.
Wrong graphics were flashed on screen. Different graphics were displayed, but they just showed a big soccer ball with no text. When Max Bretos thought he was off camera, he was on camera. When an interview with Preki was played, the video wasn’t visible and all we could hear was the audio. When they fixed it for a few seconds where we could see the video of the interview, the audio didn’t work. Not surprisingly, Fox broke to a commercial with no warning at all.
I realize live television is extremely difficult to perfect. However, the match was played in Los Angeles, so Fox was on home territory where they could have practised the show over and over again until it was perfected.
Unfortunately, first impressions last forever and tonight’s broadcast was an absolute disaster. It’s hard to believe the show could have been that awful for a span of just 30 minutes. Let’s hope Fox gets their act together and has it perfected by the time Beckham arrives in the summer. Otherwise, this is a poor advertisement for Major League Soccer and Fox Soccer Channel.