However, Windsor Star columnist Bob Duff, who apparently has no desire to ever appear on The Reporters, threw down the gauntlet with regard to the TSN2 coverage of the women's basketball final.
"During the contest, the TSN crew continually mispronounced the names of Lancers players. Forward Iva Peklova's first name was pronounced I-va, when in fact it is Eva. Guard Bojana Kovacevic became Kovachek and coach Chantal Vallée was called coach LaVey. Guard Miah-Marie Langlois was twice simply referred to as, 'that rookie.' Team captain Shauvan Reaney's named was misspelled Reany in one of the few graphics displayed during the game.Wait until Duff finds out TSN2 is tape-delaying the second semifinal of the men's Final 8, which could involve the Lancers if they're seeded fourth or fifth and win on Friday. Also, throw in TSN pulling rank on SSN Canada and Shaw Cable 14 in Hamilton at the last minute at the women's tournament and it's understandable why people are upset.
"It was all part and parcel of the obvious evidence that little homework was done by the broadcast crew of Lisa Bowes, (Calgary Dinos coach) Shawnee Harle and Paul Johnson, not to mention the miniscule effort was put into the production end of the broadcast. As mentioned, graphics were few and far between. The time clock was never displayed and the score was shown only at the end of each quarter and not at all at the conclusion of the game.
"Come on TSN — if you want to call yourself Canada’s sports leader, then step up your game — or leave the amateur sports to networks that really care."
The all-things-considered is it's not like TSN2 was going to get a ginormous audience showing CIS basketball. This is all chicken and egg. Who decided to go with TSN as a broadcast partner without getting further assurances it would put forth more than a token effort?
It is kind of like a scene in Almost Famous where Jeff Bebe (the Jason Lee character) screams at his bandmate, "You allowed this T-shirt to happen when you allowed Dick to manage us." Replace T-shirt with telecast, Dick with TSN and manage with broadcast and it would seem to describe the situation aptly.
How much is on the CIS brass for not marketing well? How much is on the media for only taking a perfunctory interest in university basketball and football for 2-3 weeks a year?
(The funny part is I had an instant reaction when Bowes said Kova-check instead of Kov-a-sev-ich. It just sounded wrong even to ears that were developed in and around Napanee, Ontario, which is pretty WASPy.)
Windsor snubbed by TSN (Bob Duff, Windsor Star)