Being the avid sports spectator that I am, I turn my focus to the NBA playoffs, especially the series involving the Cleveland Cavaliers. I started to notice something that TNT does during its broadcast. And so far it has not failed. The situation goes as follows: The ref makes a horrible call, and instead of showing a replay of the incident, TNT has their commentators move on.
Now, to make this a non-sports blog, I started to think of the NBA as entertainment. And I noticed a trend. The commissioner of the NBA has this sort of “edited” version of all the broadcasts. ESPN, and TNT, and any other sports station for that matter, do not shine a light on situations that look bad for the sport. Why can’t a commentator say, “That was a horrible call and that referee is favoring one team or another”?
I think letting bad calls go like that, without a commentator mentioning it, is a form of spin. What do you think? Is letting something go unnoticed, that could swing a game one way or another, a way that NBA maintains a good image? Even if it is a blatantly horrible call, some commentators go as far as to say that it was a good call. Once again, is this spin? Or just an angry viewer?
Maybe I am looking too deeply into this, but I was aggravated listening to commentators not say anything about the officiating. This goes for all the games I have watched for the playoffs. — Andrew Smith