It’s snowing in East Rutherford, New Jersey — perfect weather for a Green Bay Packers at New York Giants NFL game. Unfortunately, Fox Sports’ fancy technology is getting in the way, some Twitter users are complaining.
In an understandable attempt to be helpful to TV viewers, Fox is superimposing all of the lines (including the hash marks) and yardage numbers on the MetLife Stadium turf. But that simulated overlay hasn’t jived particularly well with the very real players — especially the white parts of their uniforms.
While Sunday marked the first snowfall of the year in New Jersey and was among the first nationally televised games of the 2019 National Football League season to contend with the white stuff, Fox has actually been doing the same thing for a couple of years now. The faux lines and sidelines are a similar technology to the commonly appreciated yellow first-down line. (Which turns red for fourth down plays. The line of scrimmage is transmitted as a blue line.)
We asked a Fox Sports spokesman if today’s brightness or contrast level was set differently than in games past, which might explain why it felt particularly jarring to some. The spokesman responded that it was the “same as always.”
Still, guess how well some members of the Twitter community are taking today’s use? Right.
Read a sample of the social-media griping below.
— Nick Falco (@NickFalco55) December 1, 2019
— Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) December 1, 2019
The weather is so poor in New York that the TV broadcast superimposed yard lines.
(Also, Aaron Rodgers is still throwing dimes in the snow)#GBvsNYG
— SportsLine (@SportsLine) December 1, 2019
@NFLonFOX Fox is superimposing the yard markers on the field. They don’t know their customers at all. We love snow games and would rather see the field completely covered in snow. #GBvsNYG pic.twitter.com/9JL4ceeWxF
— AZ Wildcats (@AZCats18) December 1, 2019
Thank goodness for the FOX overlay or we wouldn’t have known that was a Packers touchdown.
Classic overthinking. Snow football is great. Snow football with goofy graphics is dumb. #GBvsNYG
— Steve Feitl (@SteveFeitl) December 1, 2019
— sean frankey (@Seanfrankey) December 1, 2019
#GBvsNYG Fox leave the fake lines off the broadcast please. I would rather not see the lines due to snow than see them across the players bodies.
— Michael Grimsley (@mgrims99) December 1, 2019
— Lance (@LRWalker93) December 1, 2019
— Alger V. Boswell ™ (@algerboswell) December 1, 2019
These superimposed lines in the #GBvsNYG game are messing with my head.
— M.G. (@MarcasG) December 1, 2019