Jan 06 2009
By David Scott
Boston Sports Media Watch
Shots is heading back into the Seaside Shanty’s Sabbatical Seclusion room, but before we do we wanted to pass along further explanation of NESN’s end of game disaster with Boston College’s huge upset of previously-No. 1 and undefeated North Carolina on Sunday night.
FOX SportsNet’s Director of Corporate Communications, Chris Bellitti, had been looking into the matter at the request of Shots since Monday afternoon and on Tuesday just before 4 p.m. explained to us that, “NESN was taking the wrong feed for the game and we didn’t catch the error,” said Bellitti. “It was a problem on both ends.”
NESN has since removed from its website its apology to viewers that seemed to place the blame on FSN. In part, the explanation from NESN read, “NESN experienced a transmission problem at the end of last night’s Boston College basketball game that originated with the feed we received from Fox Sports Net. . .”
Said Bellitti, “I’m comfortable saying, for the sake of putting this to bed, that we will take the blame (for not checking the feed they were using). On the other hand, if NESN wanted to share the blame, we would also accept that.”
Bellitti said FSN wasn’t aware of the issue until Shots contacted them because the complaints would have been handled by NESN. He also said that it’s not uncommon for national broadcasts to have multiple feeds of the same game.
There is still no explanation from NESN as to why a scrolling message or on-screen explanation was not utilized to inform viewers of what was going on. That bit of neglect (both during the audio problems early on and for the game’s end) caused much of the residual anger from viewers. Shots has not been extended the courtesy of a return email from the NESN spokesperson who was contacted Sunday night.
NESN will air the UNC-Wake Forest ACC game of the week this coming Sunday at 8 p.m.
It appears BC isn’t scheduled for another NESN appearance until Jan. 20 from Atlanta against Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. That gives the NESNU professors two weeks to go back and master “Feeds Class 101.”
We know we say it regularly and then never follow through, but we really and truly need to get away from this blog for the sake of our “real life” projects. If I’m doing what I’m supposed to be and progressing as I need to, my visits to these parts will be infrequent.
It’s become apparent in the process of writing my first book that I get too distracted by all things under the Scott’s Shots purview. I have no idea how to break that habit but I know a good place to start will be to put this labor of love I like to call a “sports media column” on the shelf. There’s a lot swirling right now at The Shanty and the bottom line is that I have the opportunity to let book-writing be my full-time job for the next half-year and I don’t want the regret of having a non-revenue generating endeavor (Shots) hinder a family feeder (a motivational book with Memphis basketball coach John Calipari titled “Bounce Back”).
I hope you understand and appreciate your support. A couple a months of solitude and we’ll be back at you around March Madness time.
David Scott writes from a seaside shanty on the shores of Hull, Mass. and can be reached at shotsATbostonsportsmediaDOTcom.