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Setanta Aims to Revolutionize FA Cup Coverage

 Setanta Aims to Revolutionize FA Cup CoverageIt’s been a busy seven days for Setanta Sports.

First, Setanta has quietly abandoned plans to put itself on the chopping block after their asking price of $2 billion was reportedly rejected by fellow media broadcasters. With the perilous state of the U.S. and U.K. economies due to the Credit Crunch, it looks like Setanta may have missed their chance to sell until after the recession ends.

Second, The Daily Mail is reporting that Setanta wants to revolutionize the traditionally stodgy coverage of the FA Cup by taking cameras into the dressing room and interviewing managers during games. Sounds like they’re trying to copy ESPN’s soccer coverage, which is definitely not the way to go. Next, Setanta will want to employ those dizzying overhead cams!

Personally I’d rather keep the cameras out of the dressing room. The last thing I want to see is half-clad footballers walking around the dressing room while R&B is cranking out of the stereo speakers. Regarding interviews with managers during matches, I find them extremely distracting. The interviews rarely offer any real insight, but more importantly, all I want to do is watch the game. Zooming away from the action to speak to a manager is the last thing I want to see during a game.

Beginning with the 2008/2009 season, Setanta Sports in the United States will share coverage of FA Cup matches with Fox Soccer Channel. Expect to see the dressing room coverage and manager interviews if the Football Association (FA) agrees, which it looks likely to do so.

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5 Responses to Setanta Aims to Revolutionize FA Cup Coverage

  1. Shakira Graham says:

    Well from a girls point of view I see nothing wrong with seeing half clad footballers in the locker room at all. :D

  2. TheScout says:

    I agree with you on the in-game interviews…most post-game interviews should be scrapped as well. They offer little more than cliches or whinging.

    I disagree about the introduction of different camera angles. The standard long view that we get is a bit stale and fresh perspectives on the action (especially in HD) are a good thing.

  3. Michael says:

    My feelings exactly, Scout.

  4. AtlantaPompey says:

    No locker room cameras. No in-game interviews with managers. No sideline reporters.

    I would like to see different camera angles though. Watching matches live, I prefer to sit behind the goal because I can get a better view of the tactical formation and see where passes might or might not go.

    And I must have HD. Watching MLS in HD makes me realize how poor the picture quality is for the Premier League. Every time I see the boards next to the pitch that say “SkySportsHD” I get disappointed.

    Oh yeah, and…


  5. Anonymous says:

    Completely agree about locker room cameras and in-game interviews; they’re really annoying.

    However, I like the post match interviews. I hate them in the US because all the coaches are pompous and arrogant, but they’re great overseas.

    I also disagree about the camera angles. Done right, they can really enhance the game. Just make sure they don’t copy FSC’s attempts (and sometimes ESPN’s) who do it poorly.

    Also: HD. HD. HD.

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