📑 What if broadcasters are the source of the AFL’s image problem?

Bookmarked What if broadcasters are the source of the AFL’s image problem? by Russell Jackson (ABC)

The most perverse element of football’s television problem, coaches say, is that the solution is not more cameras, but strategic use of the two most revealing angles — behind the goals, and the lower wing camera that follows the play from side-on without zooming in.

It is from these angles alone that coaches and analysts decode, process and understand the game.

“I can understand the limitations of the 1980s and 90’s, because the fidelity of the vision was not there,” one coach says.

“But the fidelity is there now, with how good the HD and 4K technology is.

“They just need to zoom out so we can see more players, and where the guy with the ball is kicking, and what the patterns of play are. That’s what we need to see.

“In the end, fans just get used to it and cop it. And it’s disappointing, because you want the game to be shown in a better light.”

Russell Jackson looks into the history of television broadcasts. Starting with the a camera on the centre wing, Jackson explains the development and limitations of broadcasts.

What has become increasingly apparent is that TV broadcasts no longer provide anything more than basic clues to explain the outcome of each game.

He unpacks a number of scenarios demonstrating what is missed by not being there. The solution suggested is to be more strategic with the use of angles and perspectives to capture more of the periphery.

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