The Media guru of sports is going to be overdosing on exercise. Again. The 2012 CrossFit Games will be shown on ESPN3 and a series of shows will be seen on ESPN2. A kicker comes, too, as they announced the Central East will be shown live. It looks like it will take a similar format of the live action being shown on ESPN3 (online) and then ESPN2 doing some clean up of the <insert sarcasm font> amazingly well done commentary and play-by-play. Graphics added in definitely helped make watching the games easier to digest as typical sports fans have grown accustomed to actually knowing, you know, which athlete is winning and by how much. This was a big failure not easily overcome live as it was anyone’s guess how many reps someone had left to complete or meters left to row outside of a few comments from the Commentators (too much of a compliment to say this?).
Am I too hard on the commentators? Yes. Mainly because I understand their lack of experience and such, but it just hurt a bit to know this was the pinnacle of CrossFit and then to tell you friends to watch and enjoy…Rory. Is that possible to those seeking more than eye candy and a smile? I’m excited for the day when people get good at the live action and eloquently hammer home some facts about the athletes as they suffer under load. Until then, we will get a full stream of PA announcing and no commentary.
Lastly, the Central East Regional will be broadcast live on ESPN3, too. This will be the only live streaming footage of Regionals, but at least we get that. Why the Central East? I think it’s pretty apparent. This guy makes good TV AND happens to be in, you know, first place overall already.