How Sports TV Networks Can Shake Up Their Football Coverage
Thanks to Saturday Night Live‘s Tina Fey, there will be millions of people around the watch watching the vice-presidential debate tonight between Sarah Palin and Joseph Biden. Most people will secretly be looking forward to seeing Palin make another embarrassing gaffe.
While debates can be unpredictable, nearly all football related shows on television are the opposite. You have your news update shows, your talk shows, the highlight shows, etc. No wonder football fans complain about the overall quality of football coverage outside of the actual action itself.
What football fans need is a sports TV network to shake things up.
One idea would be to create a live football debate show focusing on one topic and letting the guests debate the topic in a serious manner. The show would have a few simple ground rules. No talking heads (i.e. journalists or TV presenters), only people within the game of football — preferably managers. The questions debated would be controversial topics. No softball questions. And the guests would be encouraged to actually debate each other instead of spouting off rehearsed answers in the direction of the host (like Jim Lehrer did last week in the first presidential debate).
Imagine Sir Alex Ferguson being involved in a debate with Arsene Wenger. Or how about Mike Ashley and a representative from an unofficial Newcastle United supporters club?
There’s nothing like it on TV right now. The closest thing is Football Matters on Setanta Sports, but that show is too rehearsed and trying to be too funny for my liking.
With the show being taped live, it would definitely spark a lot of controversy and excitement. I would watch it. Would you?