Get Rid of Idiotic Sports Presenters

Why do we have to be subjected to idiots masked as sports presenters who think they’re so funny when all we want is some proper expert analysis/commentary on sport? I’m mainly talking about The Crowd Goes Wild. Why can’t they just give us a proper sports show? Are Sky TV really that mean-spirited that they want us to endure this lame show rather than give us a decent half hour review of recent sports games/competitions?

As part of Prime TV’s coverage of Winter Olympics they’ve also brought along some guy with black, thick-rimmed glasses to ask for their opinion. I have no idea who he is but from what is coming out of his mouth I’m guessing he thinks he’s funny.

Crowd Goes Wild and that guy have been the only blip on what has been decent coverage of the Winter Olympics by Prime.

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  • LisaS

    I completely disagree. Besides McOnie’s monotone delivery and Somerset’s little-boy-lost musings it’s pretty entertaining. And between the jokes and ad-libbing there’s a lot of coverage of a lot of sports. Mulligan’s been on form in Vancouver, and is certainly knowledgeable about what he’s talking about.

    Plus they’re putting on an hour long programme every night – that takes some proper commitment to the cause.

    Expert analysis/commentary? Watch the bloody sports – they’re jam packed with it. And if you can’t sit through an entire event there are the half hour highlight packages on Sky.

  • Anna365

    I’m sorry but Hayley Holt is not a presenter. She’s a drip. End of. McOnie is great

  • Anna365

    I’m sorry but Hayley Holt is not a presenter. She’s a drip. End of. McOnie is great

  • Y

    I think Crowd Goes Wild is awesome! Ditto with everything LisaS said.

  • eurekatv

    The Crowd Goes Wild is without doubt the most lamentable TV I have ever seen in NZ. Hayley Holt’s presentation is … (well presentation is a generous description) … quite appalling. The format ‘stinks’ – it’s interminably slow and I would expect better delivery of a TV programme from AUT Media students. The whole premise is that of an ‘in-joke’, and it is exactly that because none of the presenters include the audience on their journey. The LIVE crosses to Vancouver are spectacularly DEAD.

     

    The Crowd goes Wild … I doubt it, as the audience in the main have turned off !

    In addition Andrew Mulligan plays the – ‘we’ve got no budget’ card from Vancouver – in the same week that SKY announced a profit of 51 Million Dollars. It is time that SKY TV as a whole stepped up to becoming a first class – PRESENTER of TV in all it’s genres and not just the leaders in the area of Broadcasting O/S and bought in content.

    SKY as a whole is no longer the poor relation – The Heatley/Jarvis 3 Channel era is long gone – and the audience is tired of the network constantly ‘playing’ this card. It is time that SKY’s considerable programming resources were reflected and matched on screen in the area of presentation. The Halberg Awards were yet another example of spectacularly poor and badly formatted TV. A distinct lack of qualified Entertainment TV professionals behind the camera was reflected in a very lack-lustre offering on screen.

    Combining Free to Air and Subscriber channels to bring kiwi viewers the Olympics is a refreshing and exciting advance. However SKY need to understand that as their ‘reach’ grows in audience and content terms, so must their expertise in all area of TV and that includes it’s production and presentation.

    Neither TVNZ or TV3 can compete with SKY when it comes to the size of the wallet in regard to purchasing rights – however both the free-to-air networks leave SKY for dead when it comes to personality and on-screen presentation. SKY could easilly fix this, but not from within.

    However ending on a positive – Messrs McIvor and Robilliard’s commentary on the opening ceremony was without doubt the best New Zealand  has heard in years. It was well researched, informed and very professionally delivered … so perhaps there is hope, but SKY have a long way to go !

    Nigel Godfrey.

     

  • bobscoffee

    It’s like Ruby Wax’s Commercial Breakdown, more talk than actual substance in the show

  • Kevin

    I’ve never bothered to read this blog before, but I heard there was some controversy about Sky TV/Prime’s coverage of the Winter Olympics – I’m not too worried about the opinions that you share, bobscoffee, whatever floats your boat, but your ignorant statements re the choice of experts, particularly re Robett Hollis, need to be challenged. You wrote:

    “Why do we have to be subjected to idiots masked as sports presenters who think they’re so funny when all we want is some proper expert analysis/commentary on sport?”

    “As part of Prime TV’s coverage of Winter Olympics they’ve also brought along some guy with black, thick-rimmed glasses to ask for their opinion. I have no idea who he is but from what is coming out of his mouth I’m guessing he thinks he’s funny.”

    The guy with black-rimmed glasses is Robett Hollis, he’s a total expert on snowboarding, something you’re obviously not. Robett scored the highest score anyone’s ever got in the top level of the US snowboard instructing programme. So he’s a top level instructor. He came second in Forum Snowboards’ worldwide ‘Young Blood’ competition a few years ago. So he can do some tricks. I spent a season snowboarding with him in Japan in 2003, and he was ripping then, and he’s still riding super well now. He runs NZ’s main snowboarding website, http://www.nzsnowboard.com – check it out some time.

    Robett is obviously an expert on snowboarding – his style of presenting might not work for you, and maybe you’ve never heard of him, but maybe it doesn’t matter what you think, even if you consider yourself to be an expert.

    The other thing about Robett is that he’s a hard working guy with an awesome attitude and a real good role model for people that have to work hard to get to where they’re at. Hopefully we’re all gonna see a lot more of him on TV, so maybe you should adjust your jaded attitude and get on with whatever it is that you do?

    And if you reply to this response with some comment like “this guy is an idiot and doesn’t know anything about good TV presenting”, maybe that shows that you’re just stuck on being negative.

  • John Fellet

    Nigel,

     

    I am surprise Nigel when you worked at SKY you always thought we great presenters.

     

     

  • Bucho

    I don’t watch the show reguarly but I’ve seen it often enough to know that McOnie is a national treasure and some of the non-Richardson/Mulligan on-air staff are sub-standard.

    But, while I do enjoy the bejebus out of my favourite sports and respect the athletes who perform in them, taking them too seriously is a ludicrous state of affairs. The Crowd Goes Wild treats sport as entertainment instead of deluding themselves that sport is some genuinely heroic life-and-death struggle. There should be more sports shows like this, not fewer.

  • Dallas

    This guy has no humour,if you wanna be a boring deadbeat watch Coro street or something like that.Nobody’s holding a gun to your head to watch it.