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#pounditMonday, November 29, 2021

ESPN changes ‘Monday Night Football’ yellow graphic in response to viewer complaints

ESPN fixed graphic

ESPN deserves some plaudits for quickly responding to fan complaints about their new “Monday Night Football” graphics and changing them.

During the first half of the Houston Texans-New Orleans Saints game, ESPN had a graphics package that featured the down-and-distance graphic highlighted in neon yellow/green. The result was fans were confused, constantly thinking there was a penalty flag on each play since TV graphics often show a yellow graphic to signify penalties on plays.

It didn’t take the network long to adjust. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said before the start of the second half that the network had changed the graphic after hearing the negative fan feedback.

Here was the statement from ESPN PR:

Below is a comparison between the two:

This is one of the nice things about social media — there is the instant ability to receive feedback and respond. ESPN should be commended for making such a quick change.


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