During an Alabama-Arkansas game this Saturday, ESPN removed some camera operators from their positions in Razorback Stadium because of a bad weather. As a result, only wide-angle view was broadcasted, which made the players look like ants. And expectedly, the Internet had no mercy when it comes to cheeky tweets.
You’re used to seeing a more zoomed in view of the players and action in the field. When a network broadcasts a game, there are a few manned cameras around the field and several unmanned cameras elsewhere in the stadium. However, during the Alabama-Arkansas game, there was a danger of a lightning strike, so the manned cameras were removed for the sake of the crew’s safety. As a result, the viewers only saw the action in the field as if they were observing a formicary, and some pretty hilarious comments emerged.
Alabama scored before ESPN even got its cameras set up. pic.twitter.com/3ONNFa5X9D
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 (@sportingnews) October 6, 2018
These ESPN camera angles for Alabama-Arkansas are like when your aunt tries to film a pee wee football game from the stands with her iPhone.
— Creg Stephenson the First (@CregStephenson) October 6, 2018
If this is the best ESPN can do, they'd be better off streaming it from some fan's phone.
— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) October 6, 2018
Here is an instant replay of that fumble pic.twitter.com/4SBnWLmPAN
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 6, 2018
How Alabama and Arkansas fans watching the game at home. pic.twitter.com/zMN5Qgbgov
— Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) October 6, 2018
Alabama-Arkansas is currently being broadcast via Google Earth
— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) October 6, 2018
Keri Potts of ESPN explained why this happened: a lightning was detected near the stadium. A general ESPN’s practice is to have their camera crew take a safe shelter when a lightning strike is detected within 8 miles of any event. “Once 30 minutes [have] passed without a lightning strike within 8 miles, they may return to their positions, Potts writes.
For the safety of our employees, when a lightning strike is detected within 8 miles of any of our events, camera operators in exposed areas are required to take safe shelter. Once 30 minutes has passed without a lightning strike within 8 miles, they may return to their positions.
— Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ATL) October 6, 2018
Okay, I had a chuckle at some of these comments, but there was definitely a good reason for removing the camera operators from the field. I know you might have had to use binoculars to watch the game at home, but safety should always come first, and this was a responsible thing to do.
[via SB Nation]