ESPN's new Monday Night Football broadcasts have drawn some criticism this season, as many don't seem to be fans of lead analyst Jason Witten. The chemistry between Witten, Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland feels a little off at times, too.
One particular aspect of the broadcast has fans in attendance upset, too.
ESPN has Booger McFarland in a "Booger Mobile" down on the sideline.
Check out what this means for fans at games:
Here's what ESPN said about the "Booger Mobile" when it was debuted back in August. From the LA Times:
“I’ll be able to see and hear up close the footwork, motion, things that are being said, the audibles, things you can’t see from the booth,” said McFarland, a former NFL defensive tackle who played on Super Bowl-winning teams with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts.
He’s not simply in a moving seat. He’s surrounded by a desk that features computer and video monitors, allowing him to call up statistics and replays to enhance his coverage. And it isn’t just his raised seat that separates him from traditional sideline or field reporters. He’ll have a Facetime-type connection with play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and analyst Jason Witten, so it’s in essence a three-man booth even though one is 100 yards away. Lisa Salters will continue her role as sideline reporter.
Jay Rothman, executive producer of “Monday Night Football,” came up with the idea of putting McFarland on the cart but treating him as an extension of the booth, so it’s a conversation among the three as opposed to designated times when Tessitore and Witten throw it to McFarland.
It's a cool idea, but it doesn't seem to be great for fans in attendance.