Big Ten Commentator Showed Bias


The game coverage consisted of three commentators, one of which was on the field. Danielle Slaton covered the on-field reporting and usually commented on coach reactions and player injury reports. It was obvious she could listen to the broadcast in the booth as they asked her to comment a few times without actually cutting to her.

The camera angle of the majority of the game covered a 1/4 of the field at a time. Based on the observation of the camera views, there must have been at least three cameras present. The staff had good transitional camera cuts to the players during a pause in play. The cameras never cut to the audience and were all placed on the same side of the venue. It was obvious the cameras were not of the best quality.

The commentators gave more background of each team and player rather than the actual activities of the game. If you were to view a Champions League game, you would hear more play-by-play announcing. Class rank was said over and over again about each player. They were really concerned with distinguishing what year in school each player was.

Broadcaster Dan Kelly obviously seemed to side with Penn State. He got more excited when they were in the box compared to Minnesota. He used the phrases like, “Minnesota had their work cut out for them and that is where the problem is for Minnesota.” He took a liking to athletes Taylor Schram and Maya Hayes from Penn State. He gave them the most attention on ball touches, more so than others. His voice elevated several times when Schram had the ball even if she was not in the scoring opportunity. Minnesota was in the box several times and never got consistent support from the commentators.

I saw numerous Big Ten logos throughout the facility and one clearly marked on the field. I think the Big Ten Network did a great job advertising their brand.

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