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Memo to FOX: NFL doesn't need soundtrack

Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:07 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

90 percent of America probably hasn't realized that FOX is dubbing in music during live football games, because the only game they've done it on so far involved the Seahawks and 49ers.

But they did just that, either putting in goofy music when they showed a replay of Leon Washington getting walked down by Jason Baker the week before, or adding horribly cheesy, generic over-drama licks during plays. Don't believe me? Just watch:



Just absolutely terrible. But, according to Michael Heistand of USA Today, this is something the world might have to get used to, as FOX is considering using it during the Super Bowl.

"This is all in the execution," Shanks says. "Just like music in movies, you have to use it at the right times. And imagine trying to score a movie the first time you're seeing it."

Shanks called the Super Bowl option "a possibility."

For now, it will just be broadcast during the Cardinals-Panthers game at 1:00 on Sunday, which should tell you how nervous FOX is about doing this (look at the craptastic games that are getting the treatment.)

Personally, I think it's terrible. NFL games are slammed full of drama and intensity without us having to be told that something big is happening, and that applies 10,000 fold to the Super Bowl.

It's the same reasons that shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development are infinitely funnier without a laugh track -- being told that we just saw an impressive physical play during a football game vis-a-vis an aural dramatic cue is just unnecessary.

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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2010 7:51 am
 

Memo to FOX: NFL doesn't need soundtrack

This is just to ease us into getting used to background sound, because the ultimate goal is to play commercials during live game action, while the announcer comments on that great catch by the receiver wearing Nike shoes and an Underarmor jersey, as he spikes the Official NFL football by Wilson!



Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2010 3:26 am
 

Memo to FOX: NFL doesn't need soundtrack

GoOd OnE



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2010 3:16 am
 

Memo to FOX: NFL doesn't need soundtrack

It's bad, but how else can they liven up a crapfest like this year's Seattle/San Fran tilts?  Maybe if those two teams weren't borderline incompetent, Fox wouldn't have to stoop to this.

Of course, the Super Bowl is another question entirely.  If they pull this during the Super Bowl, the NFL should revoke their broadcast rights to that game for the foreseeable future.

Arrested Development is the Philip Rivers of TV comedy.  Overrated.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2010 1:22 am
 

Memo to FOX: NFL doesn't need soundtrack

The soundtrack is unnecessary.  I hope CBS doesn't stoop to FOX' level.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:32 pm
 

Memo to FOX: NFL doesn't need soundtrack

I wondered about that: thought I might just have been going nuts.

It's absolutely horrible, by the way.



Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:23 pm
 

Memo to FOX: NFL doesn't need soundtrack

From the same network that regularly misses televising the first pitch of an inning so they can air an extra ad..



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:24 pm
 

Memo to FOX: NFL doesn't need soundtrack

If this is the case, if the Patriots are on FOX they should play ZAMFIR or Justin Bieber music every time Tom BRady is onscreen


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