If you’re attending the Philadelphia Eagles’ huge NFC East game against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football at Lincoln Financial Field, be warned: your view of the game may be obstructed.
In case you weren’t already aware, ESPN’s trying a new gimmick on MNF this year where they have color analyst Booger McFarland stationed on a mobile platform that moves along the sidelines. Unfortunately, the intention to enhance the broadcast comes at the expense of the people who presumably paid for expensive tickets inside the stadium.
Here are some examples of unhappy fans:
Thanks for the great view Booger! pic.twitter.com/IrpvImwdK1— Jonathan Sell (@jsell2110) October 16, 2018
October 23, 2018
Despite the blow-back, the worldwide leader currently has no plans of scrapping this setup. ESPN statement via Sporting News:
“The unique field-level perspective that the cart provides is an enhancement to our ‘Monday Night Football’ coverage. It is constantly moving up and down the sideline throughout the game, rarely in one spot for an extended period of time. The cart is also equipped with a large monitor so fans can see the game telecast.”
Having the giant television on the back of the Boogermobile is better than nothing, I guess, but it still defeats the purpose of attending the game in person.
I can only imagine how (rightfully) pissed off some Eagles fans are going to be on Monday night when this thing is going to be blocking their view of a key play in a big division game. Booger’s going to have a lot of people screaming at him.