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Rules Experts in the booth

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I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I noticed in several of the College Football Bowl games they had a "rules expert" in the booth that they would go to if needed. I as someone who knows very little beyond the basics of college football rules found this helpful. 

Would the major networks even think about this? 

If so I'm available MLB Network ;) 

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I'm surprised we haven't seen this yet in MLB. Especially with the success of having Mike Perreia on FOX. (Not so much for CBS and Mike Carry!)

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I agree it's odd we haven't seen this at least for post season. Even more so, I can't understand why MLB network doesn't have a go to guy during the season for MLB tonight. Instead they let Reynolds, Ripken or any of the other taking head ex jocks give us half truths about rules and what just happened in a given game. I also think maybe the time has come for crew chiefs to be miked to explain calls. But that sure wouldn't help pace of game so maybe not a great idea.


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On 2/4/2017 at 1:27 PM, Richvee said:

I agree it's odd we haven't seen this at least for post season. Even more so, I can't understand why MLB network doesn't have a go to guy during the season for MLB tonight. Instead they let Reynolds, Ripken or any of the other taking head ex jocks give us half truths about rules and what just happened in a given game. I also think maybe the time has come for crew chiefs to be miked to explain calls. But that sure wouldn't help pace of game so maybe not a great idea.


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They end up having to discuss it with the coach anyway, so I think there'd be no net change in pace of play - tell everyone once, or tell the coach alone once.   Heck, sometimes we see the ump explain it to one coach, then go over and talk to the other coach.

I've been saying for years that national broadcasts should be putting a rules expert on staff - to get away from the nonsense you hear from these supposed expert players.

But, MLB (and NHL) still announce games like their audience is listening on a radio.  If they got away from the play-by-play, that would leave more room for color, and rules, commentary.  

With high-def and bigger screen television, camera zoom should be pulled back to give a fuller field view, again, reducing need for play-by-play discussion.

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Fox Sports has considered this and might be moving in that direction for their national broadcasts. However, it is a tough challenge on a local or regional level because of the number of games being played at the same time and the different carriers; Fox Sports, ESPN, Turner, Comcast, Spectrum, MLB, etc. It's better to educate the announcers or provide them with a quick reference resource to decipher tough rules.

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Just now, thinkpitch said:

It's better to educate the announcers or provide them with a quick reference resource to decipher tough rules.

Like.......... the rule book? 

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23 hours ago, Stk004 said:

Like.......... the rule book? 

Need the interp manual too.

And given the discussions here not everyone was is on the same page anyhow.

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The Mike Perreia model would work best for baseball. The plays requiring explanation occur less frequently in baseball than in football. It's probably a tad tougher in baseball simply due to the schedule. They can hire Perreia essentially one day per week, vs. baseball it would probably have to be a small team of experts to fulfill this role. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, johnnyg08 said:

The Mike Perreia model would work best for baseball.

I'm glad you didn't call it the "Mike Carey" model.

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