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Dear Root Sports,
This letter has been a long time coming, but during the Rockies game on the evening of May 16th, the annoyances of multiple Rockies fans and myself just couldn’t be ignored.
During the night, you chose to highlight a fan who missed a foul ball, an occurrence that happens quite often during a baseball game. Instead of taking a time to point out the humor, the broadcast team chose to talk about this fan continuously throughout the night. I would understand if the Rockies were a last place team, or a team begging for an audience, but the Rockies are not this team. Root Sports should know this, as very aggressive TV deals have been signed in the last few years.
To highlight this fan during the most important part of the game, against a division leader and featuring a pitcher who has been one of the most dominating in the game, is just baffling. To add to highlighting the fan, watching the numerous shots of a cameraman wandering around the stadium is not good baseball broadcasting. It was such bad baseball broadcasting, in fact, that I switched from Root Sports mid-game, to watching the San Francisco broadcast of the game, which I found to be very focused on the game, and not a new bar somewhere in Coors Field.
To add to the new broadcasting techniques that Root Sports has been concentrating so heavily on, Toyota Talk is perhaps the most shocking addition to the broadcast to date. I understand involving the fans, but to put what seems to be an unedited feed right on the television is just outrageous. Also, for the announcers to put so much time into this feature really is distracting from the actual baseball game.
All of these flaws in new Root Sports broadcast of Rockies games is alienating baseball fans all over the Denver area. In a time in which the Rockies are moving to gain a bigger audience in the city, Root Sports is hurting sport by distracting the audience from what is actually going on in the game.
Colorado Rockies fans.