Hey ESPN, I really hate your Wimbledon scoreboard
As longtime readers of TV Squad probably know, I'm a tennis fanatic. I hate summer with a passion, but I'm happy for the season during four weeks: the two weeks of Wimbledon (late June/early July) and the two weeks of the U.S. Open (late August/early September). If you need me those two weeks, I'll be in front of my TV and a fan, drinking cold liquids.
Of course, it's not all popcorn and roses. There's something that really irritates me about ESPN's coverage of Wimbledon that's going on right now, and I see it every single time I look at the screen (which I find you have to do if you want to watch the matches). It's that damn scoreboard at the top of the screen.
Now, usually, TV networks show a tennis score like this during the match:
Federer 4 5 4
*Roddick 6 7 5
(Yes, that's right, Roddick is serving for a straight set victory over Federer. This would never happen in real life.)
That's pretty easy to follow, settled into the lower right or left hand corner of the TV screen, the asterik denoting who is serving. But here's what we have to put up with ESPN, placed at the top of the screen:
1 Federer >6 Roddick 30-15 4-6, 5-7, 4-5
Sure, you figure it out after a while (everything is read left to right), but after 20 years of the networks doing it a certain way, it's still not easy. I think the mind of the tennis fan is designed to process the score in a certain way. Just give us the scores next to the players names so we don't have to look on each side and line things up in our minds. I assume ESPN wants more room for their scroll at the bottom of the screen, but I really think they should go back to the old way of doing it, even if they don't have the score on the screen non-stop.
Even Andy doesn't like it. I mean, look at him in the pic looking up at the top of the screen thinking "that's really bothering me."
I really hope USA Network doesn't adopt this when the U.S. Open starts.