Earlier: Tonight is ESPN’s first Monday Night Football broadcast of the 2019 season, and already there have been some complaints about the graphics on the score bug.
This year’s bug features the down-and-distance in yellow. Once you see it in action, it becomes clear there is an obvious problem with this color choice.
It looks like there is a flag on every play. We’re not sure why the Worldwide Leader decided to go with this look but it is confusing and unnecessary.
On Twitter, the complaints are piling in about the usage of yellow in the score bug.
MNF has a new scorebug, and uh…. pic.twitter.com/iuzfeUCIUQ
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 9, 2019
That bright yellow graphic to show down and yardage needs to go @espn!
It looks like a flag is popping up on every single play (and really it’s only usually like every other play).
— Jimmy Spencer (@JimmySpencerUN) September 9, 2019
I’m glad the Down and Distance box is the exact same color as the penalty graphic. A whole game of thinking there’s a flag on every play.
— Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) September 9, 2019
ESPN needs to change the yellow graphic on the bottom right of the screen. I keep thinking it’s a flag. Whose idea was this?
— Landry Locker (@LandryLocker) September 9, 2019
TV broadcasts need to learn to not use yellow in their scorebugs. I think there’s a flag on every play.
— Joe Dolan (@FG_Dolan) September 9, 2019
Hey @espn … using Yellow for the down and distance animation is one of the dumbest things ever. Pick a different color.
Wow. Someone didn’t think this through.
— Nate Lundy (@natelundy) September 9, 2019
We’ll see if ESPN takes these issues into account down the road. It would be a wise move for them to change the down-and-distance color to white or red or something non-yellow.
The New Orleans Saints are playing the Houston Texans right now in the first game of a Monday night doubleheader. The Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos will follow in game two.
All the action can be seen on ESPN, distracting score bug and all.
Update: ESPN wasted no time. The graphic has been changed for the second half.
Our ESPN production team is aware of the feedback on the #MNF down and distance graphic. We have called an audible and adjusted for the 2nd half of #HOUvsNO and for the #DENvsOAK game to follow. New look pictured here. pic.twitter.com/SWLKKuW87w
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) September 10, 2019
Smart move by them.