UM telecast riles up fans; ESPN will ‘review feedback’

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Columbus, Ohio — Michigan fans were all riled up. And that was even before the loss.

Twitter has spoken, and Twitter did not at all like the “floor seat” camera angle ESPN used for most of Tuesday night’s 76-66 victory over Michigan at Value City Arena.

ESPN had camera operators sitting in front-row seats to try to show fans a unique view of the Big Ten rivalry game. But fans, on a whole, weren’t pleased, complaining they couldn’t see many of the shots because referees often were in the way.

ESPN on Tuesday night told The News that it would evaluate feedback before bringing back the “floor seat” shots.

“The ‘floor seat’ camera angle during (Tuesday’s) ‘Super Tuesday’ Michigan-Ohio State game was a new and creative way to show the athleticism and speed of the talented players of the Big Ten Conference by giving viewers different access to the game,” Rachel Siegal, a spokesperson for ESPN, told The News in an e-mail. “We will review all feedback after the game and continue to learn and provide fans with the best possible viewing experience.

“ESPN was built on trying new things and taking risks, and tonight is just another example of that.”

ESPN announced last week that it would be using the ‘floor seat’ view for the game, but news apparently didn’t get out — because once fans tuned into the game Twitter lost its collective mind.

ESPN also received phone calls from many irritated viewers.