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March 10, 2021 — An astounding oversight

I’ve been looking over some parts of the social media universe when it comes to women’s lacrosse, and a lot of what people are talking about is the utter lack of production value offered to the average game streamed either on a school website or through a service such as ESPN Plus or BTN Plus.

Now, I’m used to some horrifically bad productions on the NFHS Network, with high schools relying on the balky video gimbal to follow a two-inch ball, nobody bothering to update the scoreboard or game clock, and not having any kind of commentary — or even ambient sound to pick up a public-address announcer.

But to have these kinds of broadcasts for games on paid streaming services? In comparison to men’s games, which almost invariably have someone to announce the game and follow the action, having nobody for the women’s games is, for me, unacceptable.

It got the attention of the most decorated NCAA women’s lacrosse player in history, the three-time Tewaaraton Trophy winner Taylor Cummings, who made this oversight an item in her weekly column for U.S. Lacrosse Magazine.

And I find it galling that these kinds of oversights are occurring even as ESPN announced today that it will be paying $2.8 billion for the rights to the National Hockey League.

Given what I’m seeing in the sports universe, I’m acutely aware of the degree to which many of these broadcasters have been overpaying for the rights to many events. ESPN, several years ago, dropped the rights to drag racing like a hot rock. Same with Turner with the European Champions League.

It makes me wonder if NBC Universal is looking to dump media rights (as well as the NBC Sports Network) because it has invested so much money in the NFL, golf, and the Olympics.