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  • Jimdene
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    Could anybody say why Sky sports went from a single football commentator to two. I find I need to turn down the sound now, when watching matches, because:
    a:Incessant chatter.
    b:The second commentator seems to say that which the first has said
    c:We can see what is going on, so why do we need to be told what has happened.
    d:I feel uncomfortable with the current idea of too much critisism of the players by the second commentator of mistakes made, and what they should have done. We know that and I am sure the Players know that.
    e:Do we really want to know if the Ref was correct or incorrect with every decision they make. The decision has been made, and made with good faith at the time. What good is replay after replay to see if the commentator was right and the Ref. wrong.
    Please, Please Sky Sports go back to a single commentar and restore my sanity and my volume

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    Having two commentators isn’t exactly new, it’s been used for years.

    I think I’m right in saying that there are two commentators for a reason. One to commentate and one to analyse. If it bothers you so much why not use fanzone or just turn the volume down. Spare a thought for blind football fans who maybe need two commentators to understand what is going on.

    As for the constant replaying of action, football is a big business nowadays and fans have the right to know if the ref’s decision was correct. If you watched the Liverpool vs. Chelsea game, don’t tell me you weren’t eager to see replays from different angles to see if the ball had actually crossed the line.

    Also, people like Andy Gray are paid to analyse so if he feels a player has made a mistake he’ll say what he thinks the player did wrong and what he maybe should have done. This information could also be helpful to young children watching who are maybe still learning about the game.

    Personally, I think the banter between the two commentators is refeshing especially compared to commentators of other sports like golf or snooker. Football is a fast paced game and you need co-commentators with the experience of playing the game at the highest level to essentially do what Richard Keys does at the end of the game, during the match, as soon as an incident occurs. I’m sure that 99% of people will disagree with you.

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    Jimdene
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    If two football comentators have been used for years on Sky Sports, why do you think I am asking to revert back to a single commentator. They are in fact a recent innovation. You may like incessant chatter and I did say that I turned down the volume. The matter of did the ball cross the line was in fact a waste of time after all the replays because it didn’t solve anything. If is isn’t broken why try to mend it, the single commentators in my opinion did a darn good job, without unnessary chatter, all the second one is doing is filling in silence and in many instancies, it is just repetition.

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    If it’s recent innovation, how come Andy Gray has been working beside Martin Tyler for as long as I can remember? By recent, do you mean in the last couple of years? Because I’m sure, although I may be wrong, that Sky Sports have used two commentators for at least five years and most likely since the Premiership began.

    #24817 Reply
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    Maybe the answer to both your problems is having the right two commentators, and the need for them to complement each other in order not to detract from the most important aspect, the action on the pitch. May I suggest the perfect partnership might be ‘Big Ron’ and Rodney Marsh, it might not be pretty but hell it might be hilarious!

    #24818 Reply
    Jimdene
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    If you are all happy, who am I to tell you that you are being told what you have already seen

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    Icurite
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    On ESPN there will are two commentators for most football and other sports and on Sky Sport in New Zealand there are always two commentators for every sport.

    #24820 Reply
    Jimdene
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    I am not argueing that two commentaters are used in some sport commentaries. I can remember when a single commentater jangled my nerves here in Australia, when their swimmers were decimating the rest of the world with “gold, gold gold” I just want to listen to my favourite sport English football commentary with a bit of “Old English reserve”and not have my nerves decimated with smart arse reflections on what the players should have done, whether or not the Referee’s assistant got the offside right after we have seen replay after replay and still not have a conclusive result.
    While we are on the subject of commentators, they have a great influence on susceptibility of fans who watch replays, and I am disappointed that they didn’t ridicule the hoons that boo players. It doesn’t take a genious to twig that the young are impressionable both to the load mouth supporters and to football commentators who could quite easily tell them what prats they are in booing the players

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