OUA.tv's launch has been a success, but people have decided to pick at the loose threads.
There was widespread praise - especially for the McMaster game, a simulcast with Cogeco's Cable 14 - for the first slot of football games. The feeds are high quality and you can watch four games at once. It is a modern style of broadcasting games, and the OUA deserves a ton of credit for the smooth launch.
As most things seem to go in the Twittersphere, the praise did not last long. Quickly, people started criticizing the quality of commentary and making that the focus, rather than .
I knew this would happen, because I watched a soccer game earlier in the week and it was less-than-great. Terms were borrowed from a hockey lexicon and thrown in a soccer setting, creating for some hilarious phrasings.
But I'm asking for some perspective. You are watching live sports, for the cost of whatever you pay for Internet, most broadcasts are in HD, with running live stats, on your laptop/phone/tablet, and if you miss the game, you can rewatch it later. Yet here we are, complaining about the commentary of a game.
I get it. It hurts the broadcast and perpetuates the belief that the OUA isn't a big-time league. But really, if the commentary is that bad, why don't you just turn it off? The software is comprehensive, so you can get most of the same info from the platform or Twitter.
And students seem to be the targets of the criticism, which is frankly embarrassing. They are doing this as a learning experience because maybe they want to do some form of this work in the future. It is a university athletics broadcast and they are using a university setting to cut their teeth. Someone takes time out of their Saturday (or in this case, Monday) to a) help build the OUA's profile and b) learn. But here we are, hurling shade in 140 characters or less.
There are experienced people doing the broadcasts, a valuable and rare commodity. More veterans would be nice for the enjoyment of the viewer, but it might be hard to find them. Plus, if you're looking for people with real-world experience, they may want compensation (which is limited) and working a Saturday afternoon isn't an attractive option for people with families or M-F 9-5 jobs.
Just mute the broadcast and move on. Find the broadcast crews you can tolerate and tune out everything else. Let's stop complaining about the little things and just enjoy some sports.
(Oh, and if you've never broadcast a game before, please give it a go before continuing your criticism. It isn't easy and you find yourself saying weird, fumbled statements because of nerves. Let's go easy on everyone.)