Posted by: Annie Whittaker Jazzbot Blogger on February 21st, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I watched the All-Star game online, as I have with most games this season. An interesting thing about the channel that I was watching is that during the commercial breaks, you could hear the announcers talking; their mics were hot for the entire game. In this case it was the TNT guys. In fact, many of the games I watch online feature this little sneak peek behind the scenes. Last night as with the majority of times, there was nothing juicy to overhear. During the All-Star commercial breaks it was very professional, impressively so, actually. Marv confirming the order that each of the team would speak once back from the break, Steve Kerr verifying someone’s name, Reggie confirming a stat, that kind of thing. I bring this up because I was really impressed by the professional job that the TNT team did on the game. There are times when I watch a game called by the opposing team’s commentators and all I can say about that is how much they make me appreciate the broadcast team for the Utah Jazz.
I may not always appreciate the opinions or the style of delivery of each broadcaster, but I know from listening that they do their research, and they know the game. There are other teams who have announcers that are just plain boring and obnoxious to listen to. There are some others who are very entertaining for the first little while, but their shtick gets very annoying, very quickly. One of the things that stands out the most to me is the rotation of personnel at the games. I really like the changing around that the Jazz are doing this season. Some nights you will hear Bolerjack and Harpring, sometimes it’s Boler and Booner. On the radio, you get a combination of David Locke with Ron Boone or someone else. I’ve written posts before about how much I like listening to one Jazz broadcaster vs. another, but listening to the commentators from other teams has really opened my eyes to yet another reason we Jazz fans truly are lucky.
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